Please Don’t Tell Me to Smile

Have you ever noticed how men ask women to smile?  Not even ask…TELL them to smile.  It’s a pet peeve of mine.  In a way, that’s a form of controlling.  I could go way deeper into this subject but I’d probably get heated and this is more about photography.

Meet Camille.  She is a Coconut custom with a SUPER soft alpaca reroot.  I bought her for myself as a 30th birthday present.  Despite her painted on permanent frown, she really is sweet.  An instant fave.

Photos were taken with an Olympus Digital Camera.  A point and shoot as I do not have the funds for a DSLR.  Maybe someday….

~Liz

Mina Plath

I adopted this lovely Minifee ShuShu from a friend a while ago.  She has a Viridian House face up!  I named her Mina Plath.  I wanted to name her Sylvia but I think Mina suits her better.

Photos were taken with an Olympus point and shoot with a pinhole setting.

Funny Bunny

tokissi

This is Tookie.  I recently “adopted” her from a lovely lady in the UK.  She is a Tokissi Rabbit.

Tokissi rabbits are made in South Korea.  They come in various colors and their eyes can be changed, similar to ball jointed dolls.  They are made of PVC.  The cool thing about the brand Tokissi is the translation of their name.  “Tokissi” is a combination of the word “rabbit” and “miss” or “mister.”  So, this doll could be a boy.  Normally, they wear dresses but I still thought it was worth noting that they are gender neutral.

This photo was taken around 6:30 or 7 am here in Ohio.  (The best time for sunny shots.)  I used a regular point and shoot camera with a pop art setting.

Enjoy!

We Are No One, We Are One

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Please say hello to first-time contributor Liz Gilbert, a 28-year-old graphic arts student who resides in North Canton, Ohio. 15 years ago, Liz was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. This is a mix of bipolar and schizophrenia. She easily becomes paranoid, and has struggled with severe depression and a long battle with self harm. Even though she is balanced with medication, she still has those days where nothing seems to go right. More than anything, Liz wants to bring awareness to the unseen mental illnesses that exist in the minds of millions.

About these photos: “I have always had a love for typography. One day I was able to go to a printing press and granted the ability to print a few posters with whatever ran through my mind. A song was in my head that day and some of the background lyrics were “We are no one, we are one.” It rings true to schizophrenic…

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Moment By Moment

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Photo taken by contributor Liz Gilbert, a 28-year-old graphic arts student who resides in North Canton, Ohio. 15 years ago, Liz was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder after her first hospital stay. Since then, Liz has survived suicide and self-harm, but it has been seven years since her last major episode.

About this photo: “I have a fascination with the ocean. During sunrise at the Outer Banks, I noticed a little bird called a Sandpiper. They follow the waves as they rush in and out to forage for food. Perfectly timed, they never get washed away. I recently read a book that stated, “Deal with life as it comes, moment by moment.”  The dangerous life of the sandpiper could be viewed as risky or intelligent. Either way, they know what they’re doing and I hope I can take a note from the little bird.”

Find more from Liz at her website.

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Strange Fruit

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Photo taken by contributor Liz Gilbert, a 28-year-old graphic artist who lives with schizo affective disorder. Liz has made it a priority in her life to not be stigmatized by her disease. Being diagnosed at an early age, Liz has learned the ways of life in dealing with schizo affective. She knows the hallucinations will pass and she is not powerless by them. She has not attempted suicide in many years, even though every day is a constant battle. Liz is not ashamed to talk about her past and has a desire to help others dealing with similar problems..

About this photo: “These berries grow in my yard.  I see them daily in the summertime and for some odd reason, I’m drawn to them.  I normally photograph dolls but whenever I see these little berries, I have to take pictures of them.  The Billie Holiday song, ‘Strange Fruit’ runs through…

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2015: The year of growth

My 2014 self portrait.  I did some tiny photoshop editing for the smoke effect.

I know it’s about a week into the new year, but I would like to share my resolution.  In this new year, I’d love to learn and grow.  Recently, I heard this pairing of words: “childlike tenacity.”  I love that.  I want to go through this year with the tenacity of a child.  Pure passion, uncorrupted by other’s opinions.

May 2015 be the year of growth.