Forgery...a copy...unoriginal...deceptive...a con. I feel that when I look at my work sometimes, that in capturing an image of my subject I have in fact copied it...but not perfectly. I have added my own interpretation of it through my composition and styling, and with my forged image I give new perception to my subject, possibly changing its original existence forever. I seek truth through my lens and want to capture my subjects as they are, but also as I see them. I am a photographer...an artist...a forger? What do you see?
I woke up on the top bunk, hungover, smelling to high heaven and in desperate need of a shower. I rolled off the bunk and began digging around to find my tooth brush, which was, of course, nowhere to be found. There were beer cans strewn across the floor of the bus as well as two dirty pans from a chili we’d made the night before. That Walmart parking lot had very quickly become our home for the night. The chili was vile. It was our third day on the road at that point and we had yet to play a single show. Money was tight and so we found a Walmart just south of a bend in the Mississippi river in western Illinois and found the cheapest canned chili and pre-cooked rice that they sold. It was a solid gel with a very striking resemblance to dog food that I had to shake profusely just to get out of the can.
When is "black-facing" okay? Personally, as a POC cosplayer, I go out of my way to find characters of color such as Static Shock, Yoruichi, Esmeralda, etc—to cosplay so I can potentially be "cannon" in my cosplay but I also cosplay fun characters like Natsu, Mizore, Raven, and others because my skin color doesn't dictate what I can and cannot cosplay. Not once have I ever thought, "I should lighten my skin" for a non-POC character, so why is the cosplay community suddenly a breeding ground for "black-face" cosplayers?