Tell me how does it feel when your heart grows cold…

citizen erased photography (1)My beautiful friend Lisa-Michelle’s birthday is this week, she is the best model I have had the experience of shooting so I thought I’d share some old portraits I took of her from 2007? 2008? It feels like yesterday to me even though I know it’s been a long time. I miss shooting her. I mean I get to every time I visit Vancouver which is every 2-3 years but it’s not the same. Before we use to go on adventures and just walk around Vancouver together shooting along the way. Both times I’ve shot her in the last 5 years it felt so rushed, mostly my fault since I try and cram my schedule full when I’m in town visiting.  I also haven’t gotten any more use to other people take photos of me (she’s a photographer too) so I feel like I’m letting her down with my terrible posing and permanent awkwardness.  There is always next time though, I will have a whole collection of her over the years. These to me are some of my favourite portraits, she is just the best.

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Project 52 Weeks of Self Portraits

Today I am announcing another great and wonderful project for the next year: 52 Weeks of Self Portraits. With my 365 Challenge wrappedup this month I needed a new challenge and since I already post a self-portrait every week it felt natural to start a weekly self-portrait challenge. However the biggest challenge for me is I wanted to make these portraits extra creative and work really hard to make the single self-portrait stand out. I am very excited to start work on this project and have been planning for it since January! I will still be doing my camera profiles but they will incorporated into post days so if you liked those they will still be happening but starting next week you will be seeing a fresh self-portrait that I have taken that very week.  I am excited to start this challenge and I have no doubt it will be a challenge as I have weeks were I just don’t want a photo taken of myself.  It will be crazy to see 52 self-portraits of myself and see where I am a year down the line. I feel like I change so much, not just my hair but what I am wearing and how I express myself. It feels like a start of an interesting adventure…

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1 Year of Citizen Erased Photography Blog!

When I started this blog my hope was that I’d have an outlet to show not only my more formal photography like photo shoots and ongoing series of my work but my more daily photography I take and my film photography. I wanted to also provide posts for topics that I looked for myself on the internet like reviews for art books, Etsy stores, toy cameras reviews, and fun silly DIYS and recipes. I never thought it’d become what it is and that I would have so much fun putting it together. Every post is something I am proud of and challenging myself to write reviews and think more critical about the things I love has really added so much to my life. It’s really become more than my photography (which sometimes I have the tendency of hiding away and still kind of do even with this blog) and I enjoy that I’ve been able to add so many elements of my life on here. This year I think my goal is going to be explore more film photography projects and really engrossing myself in the process of film photography as well as continue just having fun. The last year has been amazing, and it’s something I enjoy doing so much even when I am not going to bed at a good time because I am inspired and on a roll or frustrated with my real job getting in the way of my time and energy I want to put towards here. I think just having a place to go to and pour my energy towards has really helped short term with my depression and other issues. Thanks for coming and checking me out whether it was for one post or more (even if it’s a hate read for you because everyone needs one of those). Excited to make it to 1 year, and want to make it another great one!

12 Posts for 12 Months:

Montreal-Mural-FestivalThe Montreal Mural Festival was a great time, I love graffiti and watching the artist work live was pretty cool. This was my old neighborhood and anytime I go back to visit some of my old haunts I always make sure to walk by all the really cool walls.

hanging-memories1-1024x688For my favourite Monthly DIY post I choose Hanging Memories – the wall beside my desk is so colorful it always puts a smile on my face and it was so easy.

apple-crumble-cupcakesI converted so many great recipes this year to make my own delish combinations and this was my favourite, nothing beats Apple Crumble Cupcakes.

orchard portraitsGoing apple picking again this year was a treat, and Victor and my wonderful friend Zara let me take photos of them while they were working hard picking apples.

holga flashbackThe Lomography Wednesday post that I really thought stood out is the one with Holga shots taken a few years ago in Vancouver that are really some of my favourite film shoots of all time.

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I decided to create a meme and made a post about the first time I took all of my friend’s photo for the first time. It’s really trippy looking back.

summer polaroidA set of instant film shots taken during at Wreck Beach this summer when I was in Montreal with my Polaroid Colorpack. Vintage Tuesday has been dominated by my Polaroid photography.

prince-edward-island-lighthouse-sunset copyI took an obscene amount of photos during our 3 day trip to Prince Edward Island and we were in the car for a total of 24 hours so how I managed that is unthinkable. I post a Vintage Tuesday post with the polaroid shots I took and 4 seperate posts but Lightshouse & Sunsets was my favourite

hear no evilThursday is my favourite day, not only do I share photos I’ve taken in the last week of events I’ve been too but I share old photo shoots I’ve done the past. My friend Sarah is an amazing model and we had a lot of fun taking these a few years ago back when we were room-mates.

kitty maskSelf Portrait Sunday has been all over this place but double expousre fun with a kitty mask has to be the winnter. Below is also another black and white double exposure from a series of photos of my friend Brent who visited me from BC.

portrait photographyWhen it came down to Saturday Review I just couldn’t decided. It’s probably one of my favourite series and I am sad that it’s no longer a post but I guess that happens when you review all your art books, artist postcards and paper doll books in a year (total of 34 posts). There will plenty of artist book reviews for Pick of the Week so it’s not gone away completely as I still buy art books every month. Instead of picking one, I thought I’d just link to them all:
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My Store!

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I am so happy to announce that today is the grand opening of my store front on Storenvy. Just starting out with postcards but want a place to sell my photography prints and craft projects so there will be plenty of things added in the future. It will be a casual place for me to sell the occasional thing if people are interested but currently as I have so many projects in the air and still work full time and run the blog it is really just a casual experiment. So go check it out if you like postcards, and if you buy anything this month it will be gift wrapped for free by me. :)

 

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And than comes autumn…

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Today’s self-portrait is a more subtle and gentler Citizen Erased….i.e. I think I look pretty normal here. It’s also the season, when autumn starts to come there is one thing I can think of – orange hair. It’s been the tradition for almost 4 years; when the leaves start to change I really like to match. This hair color was much brighter at one point in time and looked a lot less subtle than the color depicted in these photos but I like it either way – faded or bright. It’s already the end of September and I’ve had the same pink hair for almost 2 months. Sure I’ve added some blue to the bottom but it needs some serious spicing up….what better than some vibrant orange? Well you’ll have to wait and see…I have so much to do this weekend I don’t really see running out and buying hair dye and bleaching in my future right now. In the meantime enjoy some old me from 2010.

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Self-Portrait Sunday

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“The thing that leaves you in the darkness is her.
The thing that maybe once seemed harmful is her.
The lamp, the car, the door.
The lamp, the slip, the floor.

You wouldn’t eat unless I told you so.
I never knew that you would burn it so slow.
The mouth, the breath, the smoke.
The mouth, the breath, the choke.

Who would have thought,
I’m maybe caught.
Who would have thought,
I’m maybe caught.
Lover, don’t do anything!
The choke.
Lover, don’t do anything!
The choke.

The thing that leaves you in the darkness is her.
The thing that maybe once seemed harmful is her.
The lamp, the car, the door.
The lamp, the slip, the floor.

Is this attention just a burden to bear?
A sick reminder that I didn’t care?
The mouth, the breath, the smoke.
The mouth, the breath, the choke.”

Austra ‘The Choke’

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Self Portrait Sunday

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Today’s self portrait is from one of my favourite sets of myself. These were taken in 2007 before I even had a DSLR, and just used a Sony digital camera. I really need to revisit this idea at a later time and refine it. I’ve always been fascinated and creeped out by the idea of puppets. One of the biggest things I had to deal with in my earlier 20s was the notion of being controlled by someone else. I’ve always used my photography as a personal freedom, and use to spend hours doing photos shoots with myself as a way to expression some of the darker parts of my personality and experiences. I like to incorporate that into my more professional photography but haven’t had much chance to lately.

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Pick of the Week: Hannahdoodle

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Hannahdoodle is a Etsy store that sells handmade felt brooches and original pieces of water colr work of Owls run by Hannah Boulter from the UK. Her brooches are beyond adorable and very well made with lots of tiny details that are sure to make you smile. I love the two brooches I got from her, they are a perfect size and wonderful additions to my summer outfits. Besides her store you can check her work out on her blog!

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A look at me wearing one and how they came in the mail, she gave me a cute Thank You card as well.

Some favourite items from her shop:
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Self-Portrait Sunday

The start to another Black and White week, which are starting to become almost monthly (which I love). I work mostly with b&w film for now because I’m developing my own and color film requires me to take it to a lap (Montreal does not have good film laps) so I’m saving my colored film for when I master b&w. Let me know what you think about b&w weeks!

citizen erased photographyThis is one of my black and white self-portraits, I just like the heavy contrast and the grain created from the alteration of the exposure. I do not often use Photoshop (in fact I actually have not had Photoshop installed on a computer of mine in 5 years, this was actually made with Flickr’s old system) but I do like altered photos once and while. You’ll probably notice my photos are usually not even remote corrected, I try not to crop either. I do think alteration is okay but I try to stay instead the bounds of what I could do if I had access to a photo lap, color changes, contrast and lighting.

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