lystmord asked me, “Which country did you go to? What was the most memorable place you went to?”
I went to Italy and Germany. I really enjoyed every town/city that I stayed in. But the most memorable for me was probably Sorrento, Venice and Berlin. Sorrento is a coastal town in southern Italy off the Amalfi Coast. The people there were really nice, the food was delicious and the views were just beautiful. It was very relaxed there and had a very calm vibe that I became very fond of. Venice was as beautiful as it is in all the photos people see of it, although I got off the main walking areas and hung out where the locals live and enjoyed it much more. There was a bit too much in the way of tourist traps there. Berlin was a beautiful metropolis. I think over 4 million people live there. Their technology and transportation is way ahead of most other places I have been. Everything is spotless clean and efficient. The people are very interesting and have great personalities. And of course, the history there is just amazing to see in person. I really hope I can go back to Europe again and visit more countries. I’m highly fond of the people over there and the way things work make so much more sense than how we do it in America. I’m pretty sure I have what they call, the travel bug. :)
Which of your photographs has the most intense feelings associated with it?
This is probably not the answer you would expect, but I would pick this self portrait - what has become of you
I’m not acting, that’s really how distressed I was feeling when I took it. I am ugly and rather hideous in it, but I was feeling horrible. I don’t remember why I was feeling horrible, I just know I was. And I think it’s the best portrayal of self misery I’ve been able to portray. I can’t do that when I work with models, they emote their own emotions. But with self portraits, sometimes I try and push the envelope.
BEAUTIFUL PERSON AWARD! Once you have been given this award, you are supposed to paste it in the ask of 8 people who deserve it. If you break the chain nothing will happen, but it’s always sweet to know that someone thinks you’re beautiful inside and out <3
Tell me something helpful that everyone should know, but not many people do.
People who floss their teeth potentially live longer than people who don’t floss.
According to wikipedia, “Regular flossing is also linked to reduced incidence of Heart Disease. Flossing is correlated with greater longevity, potentially as a result of the prevention of gum inflammation.”
I’m a little OCD about oral hygiene and I floss my teeth everyday. :D
Two people are about to die, but you are only strong enough to carry one to safety. The first one is _____, and she will grow up to become a famous photographer who takes pictures of poverty, bringing attention to forgotten and abandoned areas of the world. The second is ______ who will lose a child to cancer, then start a program for children with terminal cancer so they can get anything or go anywhere in the world,that they want.
That’s a really interesting hypothetical situation that you’ve come up with. I would probably save the second person, because giving a dying person (regardless of their age) the opportunity to go anywhere or do anything they want before they die is a really wonderful thing. I like the idea of of people having the opportunity to create a “bucket list”.
I think beauty is subjective. Or to repeat the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I firmly believe that. Things I may find beautiful, other people will find ugly and vice versa. And that’s the beauty of it. ;)
That’s hard to answer. I’m not well educated on how many different forms of government there are. So I will go with an unconventional answer. A lack of government, more so a system run by people for people. I am very fond of the way tribes work together to keep their villages going. For example, the way Native American tribes used to live. A system based on everyone agreeing upon something, looking out for each other and using trade to exchange goods. The hunter gatherer society seems like it used to work when people still lived that way. I think our capitalist government causes more problems than good.
It’s important as an artist to maintain confidence and to believe in yourself. And that’s something that I battle with on a regular basis. I often have a mental argument with myself about what I can and can’t do. But to get to where I want, I have to believe that I can.
I have three lenses. A telephoto lens (which I have only used a few times because it’s really only appropriate for nature photography), a macro lens (again, I hardly use it). And the lens that came with my camera, Canon zoom lens 18-55mm. I’d really like to invest in a higher quality lens, but I cannot afford one right now.
Asking as someone who's only ever trimmed her hair and never cut it (and not because I'm afraid of cutting it): what are your thoughts on keeping your hair long? How do you explain to people that you like having your hair that way? Assuming that you like your hair that way. You're hair is very beautiful, by the way (I hope that doesn't come off as creepy or anything, me saying that).
Well, there's my stupid question, I guess! ^^;
I see myself as a long hair enthusiast. But it’s not for everyone. It is a high maintenance commitment (although my hair is naturally straight and that makes it much easier to deal with). Having hair this long though, you have to worry about practicality, such as shutting it in things, getting food in it, spending money on hair products that keep it healthy, neck pain and headaches, etc. The questions I always get are, “how long have you been growing your hair out” and “are you going to cut it and donate it”. People can be repetitive, but I understand that it’s rare to have hair as long as mine and people are curious. What does agitate me most is that people automatically jump to the conclusion that because it’s this long I am obligated to chop it off and donate it. I have no intention of doing that, at least not for a long time.
At a very young age I decided I wanted to have long hair and I’ve been keeping it long ever since (I was about 11 years old). I can’t tell you exactly what brought me to keep it this long, but I got used to it and it’s what everyone knows me for. It’s in my comfort zone to have long hair. But like I said, it’s a big commitment!
Thanks for the compliment. If people have more specific questions about how I care for my hair, what products I use, etc.. feel free to send a question in (I’m used to answering questions about my hair). I just wanted to answer your questions specifically here.
Right now, my biggest regret is that I had the opportunity to go to Egypt and Greece a year ago and I passed up the opportunity. I could had seen the Pyramids, but for a few different reasons I decided not to go. But, I am going to Italy and Germany this month.. hopefully that will sort of make up for the stupid decision I made.
Describe your ultimate "Studio" (defined as primary shooting location - could be an old victorian house, or a moon-base - anything goes...)
There’s a guy on ModelMayhem who has a gigantic mansion at his disposal. I think there’s some outdoor courtyards thrown in the mix too. I’m not crazy about his photos, but I’m mad jealous about his owning a gigantic Victorian mansion to shoot in (I suspect he’s quite wealthy). I mean it’s pretty much as pimped as a mansion gets (it’s even got a ballroom). I really love the Victorian era. The architecture, the clothing, etc. It would be wonderful to have such a huge place like that to shoot in, the possibilities would be endless.
When typing on your phone do you use both of your thumbs or just one? (anything goes right? XD)
I have one of those new Android phones with a pull out keyboard and the keys are very small, so I have to use both thumbs. But before that with previous phones I could usually make it by with the use of one thumb. It’s not relevant, but with most things I tend to be ambidextrous. Though my right hand is dominant.
When I was in 5th grade, I almost cut my thumb off with one of those big paper cutters. I was resting my hand on the cutting board to do something with my other hand and then the blade fell down. I heard a crunching sound and realized what had happened (but oddly I felt nothing). It cut a good chunk off the tip of my thumb and it immediately started bleeding all over. I held my thumb tightly and ran to my teacher. I showed it to her, she screamed and began to make a big scene. At the doctors office, I was actually more afraid of my tetanus shot than anything else. The next day at school I was temporarily deemed, “the girl who cut her thumb off”. The skin grew back of course and my thumb was fine. For the rest of elementary school, my teacher wouldn’t let me near anything sharp. =P
Some people know me as a natural pessimist, often seeing the flaws in everything. Including my own country. I have been convinced for a while that the majority of the world hates Americans (because of the way we portray ourselves in the media - fat, stupid, racist, lazy, etc). This isn’t political, I promise. Just a real eye opener. The public on reddit was asked about the things they LIKE about Americans. I was very surprised by their responses. And it gives me second thoughts about a few things..
This time I do have a question :)
What brands of make up and face paint do you prefer? Do you use special brushes? I've never really experimented with face paint but your work is amazing, do you do most of it yourself or do you have a team? Am I being too nosy? It's just that most popular photographers out there say they will answer questions but they rarely actually do but you seem really cool so I thought I would ask :)
All the best!
Ginger Snap Dragon Photography
The body paint brands I have used are “Mehron” and “Ben Nye”. Ben Nye is a great brand that you can find at most costume/pro makeup stores. My favorite eye shadow palette that I own is by “BH Cosmetics”. And you can buy from them online: http://www.bhcosmetics.com/
I don’t use any special brushes, most of the ones I own I bought at drug stores. I cannot afford high quality makeup most of the time, so I just scavenge the best stuff I can find at places like Walgreens. Even if your eye shadow is a cheap brand, you can still use lotion or eye shadow primer to make it look brighter and more vivid than it really is. As for glitter, face jewels, fake lashes, etc I usually find those at a local store called Display and Costume.
I do a lot of the makeup in my photos, but if I worked with a makeup artist I always credit and/or link to their work. There are not many local makeup artists where I live. My favorite local makeup artist that I had worked with a few times recently moved out of state, so lately I’ve been doing most of the makeup for my shoots. And no, you’re not being nosy. ;)
I don’t have any current travel plans to visit the UK. I will however be traveling to Italy and Germany very soon! I’ve never been to Europe before and after this trip, I have a feeling I am going to love it! I would love to visit Ireland someday!
You unfollowed me for posting a total of... 4 Osama related posts? Hmm... OK. Whatever.
It appeared that they were all submitted around the same chunk of time and so it seemed like a lot all at once. I think people are entitled to post whatever they want on tumblr, but you said it yourself.. if you see something you don’t like or agree with, you don’t wish to have to deal with it in your personal dashboard. It was a bit like that at the time. I’d be happy to re-follow. I was just feeling overwhelmed at the amount of political postings on all the websites I’m on. Surely you can understand that. I think things will calm down though and return to normal shortly. ;)
Hmm, I suppose I wasn't interesting enough, then. Oh well.
To be honest, I just don’t wish to read political posts. It’s nothing against you at all. I’ve just had to see it all over the internet lately and I really can’t handle anymore of it right now. When all this subsides, I’ll probably re-follow. But right now I’m just looking for art related posts.