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Flames of Confidence

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The flames of confidence. They are what appeared upon my death. My death as an insecure person, desperately trying to disappear with the crowd around me. My death as as the one who had to face the reality of their true passions for other men. My death as someone who believed there was only one way to be in a relationship. These very flames transform me again and again. The first time I died one night in 2011, I was reborn into a man, now sure of his sexuality. The second time, I died in 2013, and was reborn into an experimental person, now accepting his feminine side and allowing it to be a part of his masculinity. The third time, I died as an amateur in my style, and was reborn with more secure tastes in clothing. With every “death” I go through, my rebirth brings me back stronger, with new viewpoints and abilities. I died not too long ago in 2017, and came back with a new view on relationships and how to better manage the dilemmas that are presented to me. Of course I can’t say what I’ve learned, considering that not everyone goes through the same situations. But if anyone were to speak to me about what they go through, they’d get similar, but not the same info. I modify it to their situation to avoid close-minded advice. But anywho, back to these flames. For this image, I got four different transparent images of the fire element. I took the original photo of me striking a pose mid air by setting my phone’s camera on timer, which automatically took burst pictures in order for me to pick out the best pose. I then kept the image the same, but added and positioned the fire images in a way that makes me look like I have fire wings spreading from my body.  added another ball-shaped flame over me to make it look like I’m about to make the flames burst all round me. I also used the fire ring image, increased its size, and positioned it around me to make it look like I’m causing a heatwave, which is a symbol of my confidence influencing others. Finally, I added the sunny filter to change the lighting of the entire piece so it looks more authentic. As usual, I put my personal symbol to let viewers know that I created the image. All of my transparent images were found on google images. From my point of view, the elements each represent a certain characteristic. I also see the elements more than just water, fire, earth and air. I see them as more specific kinds, as well as more varied kinds (because pokemon inspired me, so I see water, ice, steel, and electric as their own elements). The final piece is also inspired by Phoenix (Jean Grey), and the Phoenix five (Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magik, Colossus, and Namor). I found out about marvel characters such as these in 2014, and became inspired by their heroic art ever since. I’ve also always loved the idea of me being possessed by the cosmic flames known as the phoenix force, mostly because of the cool poses and abilities. My dash of heroic characteristics were inspired by marvel heroes and villains alike. The image I made can be loosely connected with my natural body heat, because I heat up fast and am more resistant to the cold than many people I know. And because I’m confident, it along with my warm body connects to the image I made as well. For my next post I want to play more with fire, and symbolize the consequences of too much confidence, giving myself a more “corrupt with power” image where I strike a pose that looks like I’m losing control while my flames run wild, hurting everyone around me. I’m not usually the overly cocky type, but I, like everyone else, have my days where I’m hyped up to the point where I have too much confidence.

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Cosmic Union

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This is a manipulation I made out of pure imagination. When I make my art, I sometimes end up using transparent images that I never expected to become something else in the final product, and it turns out great in my eyes. I took the original photo of this woman and added a photo of a spacial sky with blue stars, a transparent image of black smoke, and a transparent image of a phoenix shaped outline. I used the space photo and changed its filter to the “Lighten” option for it to blend in with her, took the black smoke and used to to define her jaw, and used the phoenix outline, eraser the whole thing except the right wing, and positioned it on her left eye to give off that cosmic makeup illusion. I made this because I wanted to see what unlikely photos would create when united into one final piece.

 

These are the three images I just described. I enjoyed creating this photo because I am big on Unity and how different backgrounds cultures, and ways of life can come together to make a beautiful single entity. So doing this was, in a way, a representation of that idea. Three different photos come together to make a beautiful woman with cosmic make up, just like different people come together to make one new culture/idea/way of life. Also, the trident on the corner of the final piece is my personal symbol. I only place it on my photos if I actually made it. If it’s sharing someone else’s art, the symbol will not appear, and I’ll give credit to the artist.

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Primarina: The Soloist Pokemon

 

These photo edits are of my favorite pokemon, Primarina (the Soloist pokemon). Empoleon is also my favorite for a variety of reasons, but Primarina beat it by a mile because of how much I relater to this siren. I took the original photos from my game Pokemon Ultra Moon, and exported the photos to my phone, where I added transparent images of water to make the photo look more beautiful and dramatic. I added a filter, and my personal symbol to finish the photos. Its concept based on a Hawaiian Sea Lion, and a mermaid, which goes well with it’s water (the aquatic animal half) and fairy (the mythical creature half) typing. I made these edits of Primarina because it’s eye candy for me, first and foremost. I also made it because I instantly fell in love with this pokemon’s design at first sight, as well as its info. It’s by far the one I relate to the most, and it’s because first: It SINGS! Its info says that it’s singing voice is it’s main weapon, as it uses it to create bubbles that explode upon touch, and other kinds to move around depending on what song it sings. I relate to this because I also sing, even though it doesn’t allow me to control water at my own leisure (insert multiple laugh emojis here). The second reason I relate the most to this pokemon is that it has a caring nature, as do I. Primarina tends to put others before itself, while being positively selfish in caring for its pride and joy (its singing voice). I relate to this because though I tend to put others before myself, I still put myself as priority when it comes to things like identity and self-care. Third, I saw it’s Z-Move called Oceanic Operetta (it’s basically a super powered version of it’s signature move Sparkling Aria), which involved it singing  in a single tone, creating a gigantic water sphere. As Primarina begins to sing, its ponytail bounded by pearl lets loose and flows freely. It then moves the sphere towards the opponent and hovers it over them. When my character lifts both of his arms as if he’s an orchestra conductor, Primarina sings at a higher tone, the sphere drops onto the opponent, and a massive explosion occurs. As the residual water rains down on Primarina, it takes a bow on it’s tail (which it also uses as feet to stand upright) before lying back down into its mermaid position. So that visually appealing move along with it’s theatrical theme is relatable to me because I have a theatrical side where I like to put on a performance (yet I prefer not to do so in front of a large audience). And lastly, Primarina can be either male or female and the appearance is still the same. Given that I am a man that wears feminine clothing as well as masculine clothing, this pokemon fits perfectly to my tastes, and even a part of my personality.

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Spirit of Poseidon

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This is an image I made during my sophomore year of college, representing my zodiac sign, Pisces. Aside from the zodiac representation, it also represents my ruling planet Neptune, and my affinity to water. When I made this, I was thinking about zodiac signs in an artistic way, and let my imagination take me to what lead up to this photo. The original photo of me was posing on the scaffolding bars. At that time there were people fixing up the one of the buildings at my old college. The blue bar-like handle of my weapon you see was actually a scaffolding pole. I cut myself and that pole out of the original image, blended it into the ocean backdrop, added what looks like a harpoon shooter to the tip of the pole I was hanging on to, and blended in a photo of Poseidon to make it look like I’m emitting the spirit of the God of the Sea. The name on the corner of the photo (Aurora-V Gala) was my personal symbol at the time, and I would use it as a mark to say I made the image. I made this image because I have great interest in mythical beings (Though I don’t like to spend too much time reading about them. I’d rather visualize it in photos like these), and was particularly inspired by the ocean god. The image of this being that projects from me in this photo sparked ideas to me the most, because it goes well with one of my favorite oceanic sounding songs, called “Sun In Your Eyes” by Above and Beyond. The song’s soothing beginning, dramatic climax, and soothing fade at the end caused me to imagine a scenario where I’m out in the middle of the ocean, where no ship has ever traveled. In this scenario, I encounter various beings never before seen, including a silhouette of Poseidon himself. My photo manipulation is also representative of my masculine and my feminine characteristics, as they sometimes carry themselves with grace and a calmed mood. The fact that people often find me unapproachable and somewhat intimidating at first glance is the reason my photo represents the calm and graceful side of me. I’m usually in this mood when I’m by myself, because I have no one around to draw my chatty and silly side out of me. I also use this side of me to keep myself from paying people mind when they judge me by appearance or stare too long. Staring back at them with the same calm mood makes them turn away to avoid my eye contact as well. Thinking in terms of spirituality, it’s as if a guardian spirit (In my case, I prefer to imagine it as Poseidon due to his intimidating stare in my photo) repels them away to protect me. I’m not saying this is for real, but when I use my imagination, I see it that way. It’s fun to re-imagine various situations based on what goes on in one’s mind, so long as you don’t lose touch with reality either.