I cheated a little bit by not using Photoshop, rather I have an app for photo editing where layering photos is an option so I just used that instead of tear my hair out over Photoshop. In total there are five shots to this piece thought you can’t see all of them that well. I really like the layering technique for photos because the more you look, the more you see. I chose these photos because the lighting was really good and I took the selfies generally from the same angle so there is some unifying character to them. Two of the layers are of me brushing my teeth (if you can spot the toothbrush). Overall I had a lot of fun doing this assignment.
These are the places where I like to go or imagine myself going whenever I need to collect my thoughts and recenter myself. The one of the grass and the beach are both from Ocracoke, my favorite place ever. It’s the last island of the Outer Banks, very small and lovely. There aren’t any chain stores on the island and the town only takes up the south point. The picture of the the river and rocks in here in Fredericksburg at the Rappohannok River. My friends and I have often gone there for fun or a breather from classes. Sometimes my best friend and I will literally go there for 15 minutes just to see the water or dip our toes in it and head out. The bottom right photo is of me in the Simpson Library. In general, I love libraries because of their quiet. Finally the top right photo is of my house in the snow. It’s where I grew up and where my parents and my dogs are so it’s just a naturally nice place to come back to (not for too long of course) as a means of re-centering myself. Also I chose a photo of my house in the snow because I love the snow and the quiet that often comes with a snowfall in the early mornings, before anyone has touched it.
We shouldn’t have been there so late at night. We had come to the woods to walk around a bit, clear our minds. But there was something glowing just over the hills. This is as close as I could get until a voice yelled out at us to get out of there. Then all of a sudden the light dimmed, almost going out, and we heard more voices. One female, the other male, speaking in a language I’ve heard before but couldn’t understand. I wanted to stay longer but my friends dragged me away, in fear of what could happen next.
In writing and taking this photo I was imagining my superhero character, the Terrific Dazzler, who can emit light from her body. Last week I wrote a piece on what her daily life would be like so this week I wanted a photo that reflected what others could see her as. I wanted to capture the fear of the unknown or the uncontrolled that non-powered/mutated people have for superheroes.
So I’ve only ever read watched the first two seasons of Game of Thrones. It was in high school and I binge-watched the 20 hours worth of television in a single weekend. Seventeen-year-old me was quite proud of this accomplishment. Despite not watching the episodes, I’ve kept up with the plot over the years just for fun. The characters are fun and intriguing and the costuming is beautiful. I also really like the mythology and the importance of house ties in the show so I was quite excited to do this assignment.
Originally I wanted my sigil to be one dealing with water because I come from a family of active swimmers. I love swimming and the water; it brings me a sense of self and calmness. However I didn’t find any symbol that was satisfactory. I wanted the sigil to be more in line of the style of Game of Thrones and I liked the look of the swords together. I chose the varying shades of blue to be reminiscent of water and the tag, “Together we strike” brings a sense of fearless togetherness. I’d like to imagine that if my family’s house existed in the Game of Thrones universe, it’d be small, close to the water, more defensive than aggressive but unrelenting when provoked. In other words, we’d be extinct by the end of the series.