Holiday Gifts for the Dark Home

I have to come to terms with the fact that I’m not fond of writing. I am a visual creature who often feels frustrated by the fact that communicating does not come easily to me. So I’d like to share a bunch of the dark and pretty things I’ve collected on my wishlist and include very little writing cause… I just don’t feel like it. :)

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Anatomy of Digestion Cup & Saucer – Lobules

I am so enamoured with this cup and saucer set! If money was no question I’d definitely be spending a fair amount on this china.

 “This unique range of fine china illustrates the anatomy and histology of the digestive system in graphic black and white with hand gilded detail. The range portrays the intricate anatomical pattern and detail from the teeth to the stomach, intestine and liver.”

The plates are 30cm (10″) diameter made of bone china. Each plate is handmade and hand gilded in Stoke on Trent, UK.

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Kirameki Magazine Feature

So I recently managed to score my first cover image! Ok, so it’s the backcover… but I totally don’t mind. :D

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It all started when the editor of Kirameki Magazine asked if I’d be willing to design a back cover for their November GIRL POWER issue. I of course happily obliged! I was honored to take part in an issue surrounding a subject I feel so strongly about (feminism). In addition to landing the back cover, I was also granted an artist spotlight where I answered a few questions on things regarding my background, art, feminism, and media. Delphina-Luxe-illustration-spotlight

I am hoping that this step inspires me to take my fashion illustrations further. Over the last 8 months I’ve been devoting most of my time to my photography business – which has been great. But my art has unfortunately suffered significantly.

Anyways, should you be interested in learning more on this magazine you may find them at: https://www.facebook.com/KiramekiMag

The issue I’m featured in may be found here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/837927

Mes photo recents ~ More than T&A

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Blog post soundtrack: Bohren & der Club of Gore – Prowler

A few things have been bothering me lately.  As most of you probably know, I do female-focused portraiture that includes boudoir, outdoor lingerie, fetish-themes, and striking head shots.  My original direction was boudoir-specific, but I’ve since dumped that idea and have begun to expand into other realms. Anyway, my aim is to provide beautiful photography of empowered women, or women seeking empowerment.  While I’m very happy with with my current progress, I’m a bit irked by things that have begun to crop up.  Specifically, how many of the male half of our species enjoy reducing the imagery to comments on breasts and butts.  I’m not photographing rears and busts specifically. No, I’m setting a mood, creating themes, and asking each subject to dominate the camera… so I’d hope it would be obvious why reducing it to body parts is extremely annoying.

 

As you can probably imagine (or maybe you can’t. Whatever the case…), I’ve already had to start worrying about quickly deleting inappropriate comments, despite not having been going in this direction all that long. Some people even have the audacity to request access to private albums of models/clients’ photo shoots (invasion of privacy much?). I can only assume that this will get worse as things move forward.

 

 

For those of you who have an eye for photography, you might note that my work isn’t even highly sexual. Sensual – yes, but overtly sexual? I think not. I tend to make a point of capturing women in poses that make them look mysterious, confident, thoughtful, or powerful – in a feminist light. It might be hard for people to wrap their minds around, but my photography is for women, not men. Yes, that’s right. Just because something is feminine and sensual DOES NOT mean its intended for men.

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I know a lot of people will say things like, “What did you expect?” or “Just ignore it” or “Who cares?”. With regard to what I expect … while I’ve actually come to have low expectations of people, I still do wish they would interact at a slightly respectable level. As for the ‘who cares’ angle – let me just say that many of us do.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to a youtube tutorial (for construction DIY a lot of the time) with a female speaker only to find a slew of sick comments like “nice tits” or “hot rack”. These comments will in most situations always be inappropriate so, excuse me while I take offense to these things! It clearly doesn’t matter what sort of art or incredible information we’re trying to share, or what amazing feat we’re doing. The only thing that seems to matter to many people  (men in particular) is what our bodies are like, or how our faces range from 1-10. It’s tiring. Very much so.

I know a solution won’t come overnight, next week, or even in the next five years. I’m too realistic to fantasize such things but I would like to say that if you find yourself summing down people/places/things into body parts, it’s time you stop. I mean, really – no one ever comes off as intelligent with of that sort of mindset.

Till next time,

M

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Visualizing and Illustrating Feminism

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Well, it would make for a nice change, no ? :)

 

Recently I’ve been making a point of trying to publish my art in different places. As a result, I’m now to produce imagery for a particular publication that is currently developing an issue focusing on feminism.  I’m quite excited about this. This topic is obviously quite important to me. Why is that? Well,  if you really need an explanation it’s because duh - I’m a woman.  I am so very tired of seeing people post things like, “Why do we need feminism?” or “We’re fine, we can work!”. Women with these opinions are clearly don’t get it. Although it’s 2014 women still have to deal with a glass ceilingconstant harassment,  misogyny, and continue to be the primary targets of abuse (1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime [source] and 1 out of every 6 women in the US has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime [source]). Until these things have changed, feminism is extremely important in my book.

So how exactly does one illustrate  “female power”?

I already make a point of making my female characters look serious, and depict them as “looking down” at the viewer. The latter is a technique I often employ as a general suggestion of power. But this alone doesn’t exactly get the idea across. Sure, it could be because I don’t use extreme perspective. If I did, it might communicate this more directly. But the real answer to my question is that an image needs to have several elements communicating this theme to make it truly speak.

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This image, unfortunately, does not communicate female strength. :/

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Attempting to rejoin the world of blogging

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Original photo by Sheilah Wilson

 

Although I’ve seemingly fallen off the grid with regard to blogging, I’ve actually been blogging – only secretly. I think I’ve written several posts but every single one of them was on the subject of deleting my blog and my reasons for it. Seeing as I’ve never once publicly published these entries, I starting to get the feeling that I don’t really wish for the demise of my blog. What I seem to want is to figure out exactly what it’s here for. Because at the moment it feels extremely aimless.

I’m well aware of the benefits of a blog. So I’d really like to figure our how to properly put together posts that actually have worth and feature my love of darkness, art, photography, and feminism. So far, this seems extremely difficult.

A blog is nothing without substance or conversation, and imagery alone will not do this.

- M

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Bisous Bisous Bisous – My current obsession

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Blog post soundtrack: Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible 

This blog post has been in the queue for around 2 months. I kept telling myself I should take pictures for it, but as time passed it became rather clear that, that just wasn’t going to happen.  It’s a bit ironic that I, a photographer, am too lazy for self portraiture even though I could probably put together really awesome imagery. I’m constantly scheduling photoshoots with others… so what’s my problem? It’s pretty lame. Have I ever mentioned just how much of a pain I find outfit photoshoots to be? Strange, I know. You’d think I’d be into them.

Anyways, I’ve had quite the red lip obsession this summer.  For the past few months I’ve gone about collecting a mass array of lip-related objects, made a few, and gone wild with a variety of red lipsticks. I was never one to collect things of such a specific design (other than my teenage obsession with Aliens), so the turnout has been quite interesting. It’s injected a slight bit more color into my wardrobe.

The following are on my “red lips” wishlist:

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1. Saint Laurent Lips Long-Sleeve Dress  2. Saint Laurent Lips Georgette Tie Blouse

4. Three Natural Cherry Kiss Lollipops   5. Sexy Smile Red Lips Brooch

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Farewell Lauren Bacall ~

tumblr_lmg9lc2SNn1qk8j87o1_1280I have to take a moment to say farewell to one of my favorite film noir beauties. Her face has long made appearances in my drawings, her voice made me feel more comfortable with my own less feminine voix, visually her entire appearance has always enchanted me. Even as she grew older.

 ~* Good bye Lauren Bacall, you were and will continue to be a constant source of inspiration for me. *~

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