This has to be the most bad ass edit I’ve ever done of myself, and I’m extremely proud of it. It took me a while to find a name for these photos, because I wanted a title that sounds good to me. I call the photos “Wave Breaker Neptunite” because not only is my “signature ability” hydrokinesis, but I went ahead and gave myself a signature weapon (a blade) that has an appearance as malleable as water, and can split into multiple swords. It turns to steel once I finalize its appearance for the time being, and I summon two smaller blades from my gems (on my left and right forearm) and fuse them into the blades you see in two of my photos. Also, I decided to give the blade the ability to split tsunamis in half, because this is my imagination, and anything I say goes! I found what I think is the best place to get transparent images, which is where I found the blade in the third photo, and the water silhouettes of the whale and the shark trailing off of it. The stones were also found from the said website, and I’ve downloaded so much more since then! Anyway, I made these images to play around with the new transparent images I got off of the website, and to play around with the motion blur effect. I recently got into making it look like the photo was caught as I was in motion, even though I was standing perfectly still. Aside from making the photo not believable, but in some sense, logical, I look like a character off of a movie, since my facial expression and pose matches the heroic theme. The musical notes from the first image were put based on my ability to sing. The lights bursting from the ground give ma a theatrical/grand entrance (like my favorite fusion, Sardonyx), and the waves that surround me give me that “from the sea” impression, because that image is supposed to make it look like two smaller versions of myself (my masculine and my feminine side) fusing into me, a combination of the two. Another representation of these images is of my discovery of my tastes, my personality, and me fighting against those who try to downplay my happiness and security in myself in favor of their own ideals. The placement of my second set of arms was inspired by Sardonyx from Steven Universe, because of how aesthetic she makes it look. The background in the second image represent my love of futuristic stuff, as well as the Steel type half of my fusion.
This is a photo manipulation of Amiyah Scott, a famous trans actress who plays the role of Cotton on the show Star. When I first met her, I had no idea that she transitioned into a female. I didn’t even know she was a celebrity from a TV show, since I never keep up with shows or celebrities. I saw her instagram recently since the last time we met and came across one photo that inspired me to make an edit of her. Because her photo looks like she’s in a desert, I added sand effects. I also added electricity because of her eye color. I then added my usual “mascara” on her left eye, because it looks pretty cool, and because I wanted to give her a slightly Egyptian appearance. The colors in the original looked so well with her brown skin, and that alluring look she makes in the photo reminds me of mystical/mischievous beings such as Mystique from X-Men or Enchantress from the DC comics. I might take a step forward and take her hair, delete it’s background, and re position it on the rest of her head to make it look like it’s being whipped up by the energy she emanates. But for now I’m content with what I have now.
I call this image Two-Spirit because I made this around the time I looked further into the term and related to it on many levels. A person who is Two-Spirit is both masculine and feminine in nature, or is spiritually the embodiment of male and female. I related to the term because I happen to be feminine and masculine in nature. I based this manipulation off of the concept of fusion, where two personalities combine to make an entirely new being (in my case, a masculine being fusing with a feminine being to form someone who’s a blend of both). It also is based off my thoughts of what I would be like if I were a gem fusion. I also added a second pair of eyes to myself to combine two of my 3 favorite colors (Blue and Silver), and to show the colors of the characteristics that make up who I am (Blue for feminine, Silver for masculine, although it can be seen interchangeably). I added Blue Diamond’s mural as a symbol so fellow Steven Universe fans know who my favorite Diamond is. My gemstones would be located on top of my left and right forearm, which is why it’s not visible in the photo. I would be a Neptunite because many of my edits use water. The two gems that make me up would be an Aquamarine (because it’s my gemstone) and a Silver Leaf Jasper (because it looks appealing, and it looks like I get my black ringed silver pair of eyes from the stone).
My obsession with elemental projections of animals/spirits hasn’t ended! I went to central park one day with two of my coworkers because one of them (Jojo) wanted to explore NYC (she’s from Texas). We were enjoying the scenery when I realized that Aneesa (my other coworker) had a professional camera. I instantly lit up and told her that we should take photos. She agreed, and before you know it we took pictures in various parts of the park, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which this photo was taken at). I noticed a water fountain nearby and became inspired. I struck various poses before finally using this photo for my next manipulation. I originally had my friend take this photo because I noticed the sun’s reflection in the water, and how it was reflecting off my eyes. When she sent me the photos, it wasn’t as clear; we could only see the white dot that was caused by the sun’s reflection. But because I liked my entranced facial expression, I chose to use this as my next piece. The concept of this photo is the idea of being controlled by a mystical force that takes the form of water, and can possess a certain race of aliens when an extremely bright light reflects off it. This causes the mystical water to hypnotize the being, allowing it to take over as it’s host. I wish I had a different outfit on at the time because I would’ve looked more badass, but sometimes you gotta live in the moment (in this case, the captured moment). I added the aqua dragon projections because it puts a face to what is “possessing” me. My blank face makes it look like i’m being used as a vessel by a hydra. I was originally going to use a different dragon, but the current one suited the photo better, since it could be more transparent than the other image without completely disappearing. I also turned my eyes blue with pupils because I was inspired by the eyes of the Jasper and Amethyst soldiers from Steven Universe. I found them to be aesthetically pleasing, so I made my own blue version from their purple (Amethyst) and yellow (Jasper).
Electricity, in my eyes, represents the feeling of being energetic and intimidating. It’s fast movements and terrifying effects when dealing damage inspired me to strike a mainly intimidating pose to fit the electrical bursts. The transparent electricity was taken off another brave frontier character I liked. I took her original appearance’s electrical wings and positioned it on my body, and took the electro-dragon in her evolved form to add a face to the aura i’m emitting. This was inspired by phoenix’s flames when it forms the actual mythical creature. I always wondered what would a phoenix made from an element other than fire would look like, which lead me to go for electricity. It’s equally as intimidating as a flaming phoenix, and much faster in movement (flash like movements can be overwhelming, which can be scary). I also made this edit because I love how the shape of my afro came out in it and because I love my outfit.