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 edit is called Gaia Trinity because first of all, there are three of us in this photo. The second reason is because I put planetary life components as powers on all three of us. Basically, Gaia means Earth, and our planet is made up of lots of plants and water. I met two new friends who hail from Long Island not too long ago, and their energy is as high as my own (if not, higher). I enjoyed hanging out with them, and learned that they love flowers/nature. I first met Ahmer (left), who I knew for three years in the form of instagram. I honestly forgot how he found me or vice versa, but the next thing I knew, we were following each other. We hung out at the beach, and took photos since it was too cold to go for s swim. Afterwards we ate and met up with Lucia (right), one of his friends and went to the mall. After that we ended up at her place and just enjoyed each other’s presence, played music and laughed together. At some point Ahmer took photos of both me and Lucia, and Lucia took a photo of him. He sent me the collage he made later that night after we all parted ways, and I got inspired to add powers to us once he said “We all look like super heroes about to fuck shit up”. I asked what powers they wanted since I didn’t want to go ahead and add what I felt looked good with the images. Ahmer was like “For me anything with flowers works”, and for Lucia, he said “whatever you feel she gave off…like something with flowers”, which made me giggle because of how obvious the answer was. I didn’t want to make it a flower edit any old person would do, and most of the transparent images of flowers I found didn’t go well with their photos, due to how the image was positioned. I can rotate and flip, but I can’t diagonally change it…yet. So I downloaded some transparent images of rose petals, since Ahmer’s favorite plant is a rose, and a lighter pink batch of petals, since I remember hearing Lucia saying she loves the pink ones. I also went ahead and added plant colored lights to make it look like they’re emitting a “natural” aura (get it?). As for me, I added my usual water power, since at this point it’s my “signature ability”. I didn’t like how I looked before since flash doesn’t flatter me, so I made it less ugly by healing some of the shine spots off my face.
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).
I recently got into a phone game called Brave Frontier. And while playing it I remembered all the visually appealing characters that have elemental spirits and projections. I’ve always loved those kind of designs, and I wondered how I could make myself look like I’m projecting an animal/spirit shape. I then decided to simply download the images of my favorite characters, and take them out of the projections they have behind them. It was pretty easy to do since the entire image itself was transparent. The only difficulty was taking the characters out, because many of them have the most complicated designs. After carefully removing the characters off the aquatic projections, I then positioned it on my original photo and used the screen blend filter to make the projections transparent like actual water. I also carefully removed the injector blade of one character, and put two of them where my hands form a fist. I made these edits because I love how visually appealing the hydro dragons and birds are. The Aero part of “Aero-Draconian” is given because of the hydro birds, and the Draconian part is to address the hydro dragons.