Stains Don't Always Come Out in The Wash

Stains Don't Always Come Out in The Wash

There were two reasons I was drawn to this image. The first was the obvious; I felt a connection to the picture itself. The second was more of a kick in the solar plexus from the cosmos, or whoever else is in charge of those random synchronistic events which leave you wondering what the fuck you did to be taunted so mercilessly by life itself. Kasia Derwinska will often post a video in the comment underneath the image; underneath this particular image was a clip to the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. No doubt chosen for its subject matter of erasing memory. Although, for me, it just made it all the more personal, but I'll leave that til later. 

She's right of course, Kasia, I mean; memories last only as long as we want to keep them.

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A Girl Called Melancholy - Cheeky Ingelosi

A Girl Called Melancholy - Cheeky Ingelosi

Cheeky Ingelosi, a.k.a Janelia Mould, is a talented self-taught conceptual photographer and digital artist from South Africa. The images chosen for this post are all a part of a series which looks at her personal experience with mental health issues, in particular, depression. Because this series of work is so directed, I took the unusual step of contacting her beforehand, and I offered her the opportunity to read the post before it was finished in case there was anything she would like to say or add. Thankfully, she only said nice things and mentioned she'd been able to gain more insight.  When I first came across Janelia's work, I felt no hesitation in my desire to explore her images in a more meaningful way. All quotes given here accompanied the original image postings on Facebook.

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The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

According to his DeviantArt profile, Crilleb50 a.k.a Christer Borgquist considers himself a hobbyist and yet there's no lack of professionalism when it comes to the finished product. Ever the opportunist, I figured it would be a good idea to look at the concept of the invisible man because I couldn't decide which of these three pictures I liked best; they all deal with slightly different variations of the 'missing self'. 

Wish You Were Here was an image which resonated strongly with me a couple of years ago when I found myself in an online relationship with someone living three thousand miles away. Long distance relationships can provoke a curious blend of feelings which go from one extreme to another 

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