In general, the photograph below is the most boring one in a wedding series, that I can think of. Two people standing beside each other, looking straight into the camera, doing their best to look naturally happy. But this specific photograph is different to me, and I’ll explain why that is.
Did you know that in Sweden, this so called modern day, people with visible disabilities risk being subject to verbal and physical abuse if and when they show expressions of love in public. Did you know that?
I didn’t, until this brave woman in the photograph above, told me. We are friends since many years, but this, I did not know. I was horrified, yet somehow not surprised. The lack of respect for people who for one reason or the other does not follow “normal” is abundant, not to mention twisted.
I find it odd that people today have no better understanding, tolerance and acceptance for what is not their own normal, their own reality. Perhaps I was lucky to grow up with parents working with especially young people with primarily cognitive and physical disabilities. I was brought up with the understanding that someone’s different reality does not equal dangerous, and it does not alter my own reality.
The photograh shown above is one of the nicer ones from this series. We also shot a bunch more intimate ones, and some of these recieved lots of critique when shown on my friends Facebook wall. People thought they were “too much”, “too sexy” et cetera, and to my big surprise the critique came mainly from other disabled people. To this day, I am still not sure whether this critique is based on some kind of moral idea, or if it is plain jealousy.
While I in general find the photograph above to be among the most boring to shoot, this specific one has so much meaning that I feel it is one of the absolutely best ones in the whole series.
To me, this photograph represents so many things aside these two people clearly belong together. His hand on her shoulder, quite possively, but she on the other hand, clearly proud enough not to be owned. But it doesn’t stop there. On the contrary; that’s just the beginning.
We are so used to see this kind of photograph with two able-bodied people. Through a photograph like this, we understand that they love each other, that they intend to live together, if they are visibly younger we expect them to have or soon-to-have a family, which means a very extended lifestyle.
But for some reason, it is difficult for so many people to see this with people who have some kind of disability. Especially, I think, if there’s a wheelchair involved. There are so many prejudices that blinds us from the fact that the wheelchair has nothing to do with the making of or maintaining a family.
From what I can gather, people in general, and it seems like it doesn’t matter if they are, or are not, able-bodied, are provoced by the idea of disabled people loving able-bodied people, and being loved back. It seems like there’s a difference if both parties are disabled. I don’t get it, and quite frankly, I’m repulsed by the idea that only two people who “are the same” are allowed to love and be loved by each other. It’s ridiculous.
For all these reasons and more onto that, I find it extremely important to continue the project I started when I photographed these awesome peoples’ wedding (and the hotter photos as well). I would like to show a variety of disabled people in a variety of relationships, with various sexual preferences, just so that other people can start opening their minds and realize that it is not their place to “allow” someone else to feel, have or do something as natural like love (and sex).
This will take me a while, and I need to gather money so I can travel around and meet different people. I have a few swedish people in mind, but I am also thinking of a female couple in Britain that I would love to go see.
If you want this project to continue, please consider supporting me by contributing with any sum of money you can spare. It is highly appreciated – thank you in advance. ♥
So, the first book being written is a supergeeky theoretic book on photography. It’ll be suitable for people who are into photography or perhaps art history/theory. It’ll be dealing with the concept of truth and how we percieve and understand it in photography. Most people will most likely find it extremely boring. 😀
There are many benefits being a photographer and have studied art history focusing on theory/method on photography. That gives a multitude of perspectives on the same subject, not to mention a very wide range or knowledge that expands both parts of the coin, so to speak. It’s amazing.
That is one of my goals with this book; to widen the knowledge with the reader. It’ll be tons of theory, but also lots of knowledge on the practical part of photography. This will increase your understanding on why and how you read/percieve/understand photographs in a certain way.
I want this book to be really good. That’s why I decided not only to write down my own thoughts on the matter, but also to add my thoughts on some of the authors I’ve read in my art history studies. Not everything is focused specifically on photography – there are other aspects that are very important in this as well.
So why do I think this book should be written, at all? There are many reasons for that. Partly; because I want to write it. I find this subject extremely interesting. But then; I am quite interested in philosophy, especially combined with art. I might even take up studies in aesthetics at some point, no matter if in distance studies or just for me, personally.
But there’s another reason for this as well. We live in a time where photography is described as truth. Photographs are brought out of context and presented as something they were never meant to be. I really do believe that we, people as a group, need to get better at understanding this and know how and why we percieve and understand things.
Either way; the book will be written, and it is not up to me how you read and understand it, or what reasons you have for reading it in the first place. I just hope that you get something out of it – hopefully enough to spread the word.
Oh, and hey – please buy me a cup of tea while you’re at it.
I’ll be needing huge amounts of tea for this book to be written. 😀
So, for a couple of days I’ve been trying to remember where the heck I set up a shop for some of my photographic work. For some reason, I had it bookmarked in my browser without remembering it. This place is quite amazing, because it offers such a variety of STUFF, with art on it. People do the most wonderous artwork and sell it on mugs, shower curtains, as framed wall art, laptop skins et cetera.
I’ll go through the work I have on that site and do a clean-up if needed, and perhaps add some new material. If you want to take a look in the meantime, you can find my shop here.
At the moment, there are photographs from two previous projects I’ve done. One of them is Cutting Edge Erotica, which focuses on the emotional part of Femdom/BDSM, and not so much the physical/sexual part. The result of this project is actually amazing, and some of the photographs from it are among my absolutely best work up to this date.
The other project is one that somehow keeps going and going, because I don’t know how to stop. I absolutely love photographing trees and parts of nature. There’s just so much to see, and there is so much magic in it. What’s not worth photographing, eh?
I had completely forgotten this place existed, and even more so, that I, created a shop over there. Nothing’s happened in the shop so far, but still.
As you can see, there’s a whole shitload of stuff for me to do. Not only writing books and my key-zine, but also trying to figure out which photographs to put on Society6, not to mention, working out how the plugin for selling my e-books, functions. That’s a bloody fulltime job for a while. 😀
Anyways; I just wanted to let you guys know that there are things going on rapidly over here. Not everything will fall in place or be ready right away, but for me personally, it’s so important to see that things are moving forward. I love what I do here (and have been doing for most part of my life), and I can’t wait to see where this is going. ♥
So, now that I have an awesome platform to share stuff with you guys, the first thing I’m going to do is – write books, actually. Or, some of them will be more of photo books, while at least one will be an overly geeky, nerdy and theoretical book on photography.
The geeky book on photography will deal with truth and how we percieve, interpret and understand it in photography. This is a subject I find extremely interesting, and one that I intended to write a master essay on when studying art history. Unfortunately, back then, I got very sick with my bipolar disorder so I never got to write that essay. But the idea is still there, and one I find extremely exciting.
Did I mention I am geeky and nerdy on this kind of stuff? 😀
Then there’s a photo book I intend to make, with focus on something I really do enjoy. Magic. And I don’t mean the Harry Potter kind of magic, or the magic described by Roald Dahl or Terry Pretchett. No, I’m talking about real magic. The one we find if we actually start looking and seeing what’s right there in front of our eyes. And the forest really is full of it. It’s amazing. ♥
This touches my interest in shamanism and spiritual growth.
Another book to come up actually already exists. I am, however, going to change it and add some material since in it’s present form, is a bit too short for my taste. The topic is fairly controversial and provocative for most people, I believe. It touches the subject of Femdom (Female domination, BDSM) through emotion and mental experiences rather than physical ones.
This book is and will be more poetic, and has no pornographic material. It does, however, deal with strong emotional experiences. Please be aware.
Since I just finished the basics of this site, I haven’t really begun on any of these books yet. That means I have no idea how long it’ll take before they’re done. The positive side of that is it’ll give me time to save up money to get software and other stuff that I need.
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Key of Life
staying true to oneself
So. I’m back. I’ve been away from creating stuff on a regular basis for a very, very long time. But years of dealing with my bipolar disorder have made me bored and restless, so it’s time I do what I’m best at.
I’ll do it differently this time, though. Last time, I tried to do what other people wanted, and that doesn’t work for me at all.
I’m at my very best when I create things that for one reason or the other is important to me. That’s what I intend to do here, and I hope you’ll like it.
Since I am retired from work due to my bipolar disorder, I have very limited resources to actually do everything I want to do. Please consider supporting me once in a while, or perhaps on a regular basis, so I can keep doing all the stuff I love doing.
As for staying true to oneself; that is a quiet reminder to myself that I can’t be anyone else but me. I tried for so many years to be someone else, but I can’t. I am who I am, and I am not appologizing for it. Not anymore.
Key of Life is just getting started, so changes will happen, material and content will be added and removed. Fear not; this will be awesome in the end. ♥
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