Saturday, August 20, 2011

Razors and Pins **trigger warning**

**Trigger Warning for depictions of self harm and suicide**

edit: oops, guess I should have mentioned that the blood is, of course, fake blood- just corn syrup, cocoa powder, and red food dye.

I finally got the photos from this shoot which I did back in January. I haven't done a lot of angsty or depressive photoshoots, but I wanted to explore it and Anthony Thomas volunteered for the job. It took me forever to hang all those damn razor blades and, yes, the safety pins are really stuck through my skin- it started to hurt about half way up, but hey, it's for art, right? No one can say I don't go the extra mile! As always, follow my flickr page to see complete sets- I never post all of the photos from a shoot on my blog- it's usually just too many photos.

Also I'd like to point you to the TWLOHA website. The "To Write Love on Her Arms" campaign is one dedicated to raising awareness about depression and self injury. Please support them and their cause and let your friends, family, and loved ones know that you support them in their struggle.

incorporating my dermographia


  1. Don't worry, I promise it wasn't :D the pins hurt a little bit further up my arm, but obviously nothing that was too bad or I wouldn't have done it- didn't even bleed :P besides.. it was for art!

  2. Ouch!!! I always like your edgy posts, but please don't do a photo shoot like this one again. ;)

  3. no no- *not* real blood.. it's corn syrup, cocoa powder, and red food dye

  4. As usual, your photos are beautiful, but it took me a while to realize why I didn't like them. At first I thought it was just because they're triggering. But I think I dislike them on a different level. It feels like exploitation of something that people really struggle with...that I've really struggled with...for art. It's making something seem beautiful when I've only known it to be ugly. I almost feel like it's taking glamour shots of someone throwing up from anxiety about eating. I don't know. I don't think you meant it to be anything but good art, and I might be overthinking this.

  5. Tiffany- thanks for your thoughts. This is an issue that I myself struggle with which is partly why I wanted to photograph it. In the same way that I do actually hope to take photos that are eating disorder inspired. It's art, but it's also about very real issues that people rarely think about and, when they do, they sweep them under the rug. I do see where you're coming from though and I can see how some people would get that impression although it wasn't my intention.

  6. please do not hurt my body be afraid to see your body tortured