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But then I stumbled upon the man who does have the words – Jim Morrison. “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are,” he says. “You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”

Title: Etherea. Self-portrait--metallic print of a woman wound in white gossamer material with a sense of fading away.

JH Engström: interweaves self-portraits with landscapes, nude portraits of his friends with faded interiors. The result is a dynamic and graphic sequence of images that Engström considers as his reflection of the tensions between loneliness and intimacy, and the disparities between events and elements in his life. Engström moves fluidly between different photographic processes for this highly poetic body of work, developing a sense of the emotional charge of the photographic styles used.

Gap black army-style jacket (XS) Black Gap military-style spring jacket; heavy duty cotton; has an intérieur drawstring so you can cinch the waist; this jacket was barely worn and is in excellent condition - the fabric is neither worn nor stained. The color is still a rich black - not faded at all. (For reference, I am 5'5" and 118 lbs. See photograph for a sense of fit - it's quite roomy on me.) GAP Jackets & Coats Utility Jackets

Like Valerie Chiang or Kalie Garrett, Alex Stoddard is one of those talented teenage photographers who knows how to express themselves. His self-portraits are all incredibly unique and after viewing them you’re left wondering where he’s going to take you next. What I enjoy most is that you can almost feel his passion come through. …

We often think of landscapes as sweeping vistas fading away into the distance, taking our eyes on a journey through flower strewn fields, cascading mountain peaks, skyscraper speckled skylines and rolling waters. When you’re standing behind the camera capturing that magical view it’s easy to see and understand the immense scope of what you’re viewing. …

"[...] Every personal item has a story behind it, at least if it holds any real meaning for the owner. Cultural historian Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has argued that we are attached to old photographs, family heirlooms, or seemingly insignificant trinkets precisely because they keep us grounded in the present, and help us remember the past. In that sense, the objects with which we fill our homes play a vital role in how we construct our sense of self. [...]"

I find Robert Bechtle's paintings fascinating for two reason: First, I love photo realism. Second, I love California. To me he's the the quintessential California artist, perfectly capturing the quality of light you find in the Golden State. There's also a sense of melancholy in his work, it's like finding an old faded photograph or remembering a time when things were simpler - the optimism you had as a kid, before life got complicated and cynicism crept in.

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