From the time we women are little girls, we are given plastic dolls to play with. Pretty little perfect babies, impossibly perfect-figured barbies, Victorian dolls in rich, lush fashion - these we are to treasure. These are our early role-models. As we bloom into young ladies, we are obsessed with richness, try to live up to the famous, holding some as idols (who we find out as we mature, are not who should raise us), and bombarded with fashion magazines and TV ads telling us how important superficial beauty and perfection is. But underneath all the hype, it is all a deception - a distortion of the truth. The truth is, what makes us beautiful is the ability to love and accept ourselves for all our flaws as well as all our strengths - to embrace our uniqueness. Because living peacefully and happily with our inevitable flaws requires strength and acceptance. We are not dolls. We are broken dolls - those who have broken away from these lies and who don't try to be society's impossible concept of perfection. A broken doll is not a victim. She wears her perceived flaws and extraordinary uniqueness on her sleeve like a badge of honor. Our wounds make us stronger.
As I looked through my body of work I noticed a doll-like theme or influence in most of my pictures. I always liked to photograph women, because I AM a woman, and I embrace my own femininity and my scars, and through my models and I am able to express myself for the camera, through someone else- resulting in a creation of my idea of beauty.
The funds raised through this campaign will give me the opportunity to put this collection of work into a very limited edition book and to share it with all of you, my supporters. The top supporter of $350 or more will not only receive a very limited copy of the final book, but will also get one of Bastet2329's original hand-made dolls, which are featured in many of my images as seen in my video promo, and definitely fall into the category of my definition of a broken doll!
Special thanks goes out to all models, MUAs, hairstylists and artists who provided props involved in the making of the images featured in my promo video including: Sarah Hilker, Gigi Bordeaux, Tea Miller, Christie Bastet of Creepy Dolls, Venus Prototype, Jenn Rose, Looo, Debra Haden, Amber Ray, Gabby Grave, Cate SF, and Toy Surprise.
Risks and challenges
Gathering the images for this book is a huge project, since I am pulling images from over the past decade. I will also be doing some extra work on these images, utilizing my skills I have learned since their conception, so that all of my images are up to par with my newer work, in addition to creating more new pieces for the book. However, you will still see how my work has progressed over the years, especially since I went back to school. Perfecting a huge body of work while creating more to build this book in a timely manner will be my greatest challenge, but when given a creative goal, I always complete it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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