Second verse, same as the first (though this one feels a little different.)

You’re going to be seeing a lot of this look this week, and I feel a bit bad about that, but. But.

One of my favourite things about photography is the way that you can take the same subject; the same person, or place, or feeling, and just by photographing the scene differently, the resulting product is changed right down to its core. The casual disregard, the too-easy twisting and tweaking of reality is almost a transcendent action in my eyes; the ability to fully manipulate the viewer’s perception of the scene through techniques and technologies made entirely of human ingenuity without having to make headway on even the smallest of paradigm shifts.

For me, it speaks volumes about the subjectivity of the world, not just in perspective, but in the overwhelmingly transient nature of the individual experience. You can feel it in everything from a magician’s death-defying illusion; to a trick of the light; to the optical aberration, translated metaphorically into every interpersonal interaction, and it shakes us to our bones.

What we see is almost entirely controlled by what is intended for prying eyes, and what we see through a lens even moreso: what we see of each other, then, is obfuscated so efficiently by what we are wanted and want to see. When you can be sixteen or twenty-six; when warm pink bends toward a dusty cyan; when lighting and technique have more sway on the observer than the subject’s own facets, when —

When the human experience is embodied with such fantastic intensity, what then could be more sublime?

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  • Reply Lily

    Oh, this post! I love your writing, I love your photos, you look absolutely breathtaking! Gimme some of them genes :-P

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    October 22, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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    All I can say is, Eye. Heart. You. :)
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    October 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM
  • Reply bellachique

    I seriously love a stronger eye look on you, it makes you look incredible! I really get what you mean about photography, it's why I love it so much :)
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    October 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM
  • Reply mostlysunnybunny

    Oh wow Rae the whole thing is really fierce! I love what you say about photography! It's another way of experiencing the world :)
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    October 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM
  • Reply Alison

    My illness-addled brain wasn't ready for this! Your writing is devastating, in the best possible way.


    Its the new sexy.

    October 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM
  • Reply Paris B

    Photography poetry :) I love pic #1 – so soft and ethereal while being so stark :)
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    October 22, 2012 at 7:02 PM
  • Reply fieran

    So true about photography :) As a smoky eye addict, I love your smoky eye look!!!
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    Why aren't you a model??!? Damn, gurl!

    October 23, 2012 at 7:49 AM
  • Reply Musing On Beauty

    Awwww, gorgeous!
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  • Reply Maggie

    Beautiful words. Beautiful girl. =)
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    October 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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    You look amazing in dramatic dark eye shadow. Honestly, my favorite look on you so far. xx

    October 23, 2012 at 9:40 PM
  • Reply Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    this is a well done post and that last photo is GORGEOUS! :)
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    October 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM
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    I just found your blog and I'm loving it! You're beautiful, intelligent and Canadian (YAY)! It's nice to read opinions and know that most of the time the products can be found in Canada.

    December 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM
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