Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login

Mature Content


or, enter your birth date.


Month

Day

Year*
Please enter a valid date format (mm-dd-yyyy)
Please confirm you have reviewed DeviantArt's Terms of Service below.
* We do not retain your date-of-birth information.
What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. Optimism and strength are beautiful, and this girl radiates both!

Thank you for the second Daily Deviation! I never thought I'd get another!

For those who are asking, the missing nipple is a result of breast cancer. This girl contacted me the evening before the shoot and asked me to photograph her the next day because she was having the second breast removed due to breast cancer the following day.

Follow me on Tumblr: [link]
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz:
Copyright 2012 Dan Ostergren Photography. YOU DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO SHARE THIS PHOTO ON ANY SITE!
You may not use this photo for any purpose without my written consent.

Check out my other DD here:
Add a Comment:
 

Daily Deviation

Given 2013-01-05
Spare Me From the Mold by =DanOstergren ( Suggested by hossainalwasi and Featured by Nyx-Valentine )
:iconespressobsessrepress:
First off, thank you for submitting this. It is so refreshing after wading through the dreck of borderline pornography, stolen celebrity photos, convention cosplay coverage, and teenage bathroom mirror pics that has become the pit of despair previously known as the People and Portraits category, to finally stumble on something with depth, worthwhile provocation, gravity, and execution.

She is beautiful. As is anyone who loves themselves and bravely faces the pains of life. And you, as a photographer, and artist clearly felt a connection with her strength, and courage. And could see the ways they make her even more incredible.

The lighting is flawless, you allow us enough detail to see the truth of her body for all its scars and imperfections, unashamed. However the contrast and quality of the light is forgiving enough to not exploit and make of her scar a grotesque or something pitiable. Instead you have instilled in her the quality of a classical marble statue. Almost godlike and Iconic.

For me there are a few missing pieces. The setting seems somehow disconnected. The thought process in relation between this powerful, triumphant creature, and this sad, ugly looking setting seems weak. I'm not saying it couldn't work, it just seems chosen without a clear reason. Maybe its just fatigue on my part for the fact that the dingy/abandoned/graffiti covered background has become so ubiquitous among the current generation of photographers, mostly in very mediocre portraits, that when I see a really interesting portrait shot in a similar setting it just feels like a let down. Seen it before, you know? It's not your fault as a photographer that other people take shitty pictures in interestingly dingy environments, but you do have to be aware of it and take stock of the effect it may have on viewers. Point is, I don't think the background deserves to be part of your otherwise stunning portrait.

My only other grip is that the silly zebra stripe waist band yoga pants really distract from the intensity of focus. Its hard to really concentrate on this wonderfully confrontational image and all the things I think about it when my eyes keep getting brought down to that awkward pattern. Seems minor, but minor details are often the most distracting.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
109 out of 117 deviants thought this was fair.

:iconm-j-gagne:
This is a powerful image that conveys an important message. How do we live in a world bent on shaping itself a particular way when we cannot, by will or circumstance, fit the mold. In this context, there is both a beauty and a darkness to this image. It it is at once meant to inspire with its depiction of a scarred yet confident woman who, some would say, no longer fits the traditional mold. The background, on the other hand, seems to convey a feeling of despair with its dilapidated building and back-alley feel.

However, I don't think that this necessarily runs counter to the piece's message. Being 'spared the mold', after all, means struggling with the ideal that it encourages. This, if anything, is a struggle between hope and despair, as anyone who has tried to find their place in the world can attest to. We are often pulled between being ourselves and being who others want us to be. I see this struggle here.

I do find the that the blue patterned waistband does through off the image a bit.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
121 out of 132 deviants thought this was fair.

The Artist has requested Critique on this Artwork

Please sign up or login to post a critique.

:iconquitemystery45:
Quitemystery45 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dan your photo is amazing. You captured a brave, bold, and beautiful woman that displayed both inner and outer strength and it really came across in a photo that is truly inspiring. I hope that her surgery was a success and that she is cancer free. Your an outstanding photographer.
Reply
:iconkenji-leon-gunji:
Kenji-Leon-Gunji Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
perfect its nice what you did
Reply
:iconlindartz:
LindArtz Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Clap 
Reply
:iconhimynameiscrash:
HiMyNameIsCrash Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Dan, this is wonderful.
Reply
:iconashie2011:
Ashie2011 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
This is absolutely beautiful. WHAT A TROOPER~!! :D I love this.
Reply
:iconfatcathouse:
Fatcathouse Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
respect...
Reply
:iconletmeseebeuty:
LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
beautiful & POWERFULL work sir and miss muse
Reply
:iconchaos-in-compounded:
chaos-in-compounded Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
truly beautiful
Reply
:icondanostergren:
DanOstergren Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
Reply
:iconrojpix:
Rojpix Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
brave girl .. great job good collaboration
Reply
:icondanostergren:
DanOstergren Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
Reply
:iconchristhejeweler:
ChrisTheJeweler Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Absolutely Stunning photo!!! (some of the comments make me sick however) But I think strength is EXACTLY what is in this photo. As a relative and close friend to several woman who have gone through the ordeal of breast cancer I think that this is an empowering photo. Great Job!
Reply
:icondanostergren:
DanOstergren Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you.
Reply
:icondarshan2good:
darshan2good Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awwww
Reply
:iconphotoenki:
PhotoEnki Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Very powerful work. On so many levels.
Reply
:iconthe-rotten1:
the-rotten1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is both beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to lose a part of your body to cancer, and in spite of that she seems so strong and resilient. Thank you for capturing this wonderful image.
Reply
:iconsnailslovetea:
SnailsLoveTea Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Featured: [link]

Thank you for the honor.
Reply
:icondanostergren:
DanOstergren Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the feature!
Reply
:iconsnailslovetea:
SnailsLoveTea Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
My pleasure
Reply
:iconsolidshift:
SOLIDShift Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...w-...... what happened? o A o;
Reply
:iconmooki-blaylock:
Mooki-Blaylock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
it was some kinda perverted sex thing. she cut off her tit and then shows it off.
Reply
:iconsolidshift:
SOLIDShift Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH GAWD! Why...!?!
Not that I blame her
I hate my tits to but geez! ; A ;
Reply
:iconmooki-blaylock:
Mooki-Blaylock Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
She's a part of some weird sex cult or something
Reply
:iconsolidshift:
SOLIDShift Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! Interesting.
Reply
:iconmooki-blaylock:
Mooki-Blaylock Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
yeah i'm thinking of joining wanna join with me? i get a 50% discount if i bring someone with me.
Reply
:iconsolidshift:
SOLIDShift Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lolowut? XD
Reply
:iconmooki-blaylock:
Mooki-Blaylock Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
c'mon we'll go on a tit cutting rampage.
Reply
(1 Reply)
:iconchristinawood:
ChristinaWood Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
I can't exspress my feelings more than the statement i have just copied and pasted to my comment here. Except to say that this is bold, strong and the model is both inspirational and very beautiful...so much soul in this shot. Thank you for sharing. My sister is battling breast cancer...."I can appreciate how you pay attention to very technical things like lighting etc- but as for me, I liked this photo for it's subject matter. On Deviantart all we ever see of women is complete objectification and de-humanizing, american style, cookie-cut out porn ( or verging on it) everyday. The images are usually the same; very slender, perfectly photoshopped into oblivion, fake boobs, face full of make-up, fake eyelashes, soul-less stare, etc etc.
Here we have a woman who breaks it. Here we have someone who has a normal female body type, and *gasp* because how dare women ever show anything that isn't perfect? How will we sell mascara that way? She seems strong, and powerful, and it doesn't come from the same stereotypical bullshit you always see. The power in this photo fo rme isn't from sexual power, which for some reason most photographers ignore over and over that a woman can be powerful, and it doesn't always have to stem from her attractiveness to men.
It's refreshing."
Reply
:icondanostergren:
DanOstergren Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you for that lovely comment!
Reply
:iconchristinawood:
ChristinaWood Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
My pleasure.
Reply
:iconaaaa0000aaaaa:
aaaa0000aaaaa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
For a powerful message she should ok to and you take a shot of after also.
Reply
:icondanostergren:
DanOstergren Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
She lives in Southern Cali, and currently I live in Portland Oregon. Perhaps when I move back to Cali.
Reply
:icondhaundre:
Dhaundre Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
You are beautiful :)
Reply
:iconmitresquaremurder:
MitreSquareMurder Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So much strength and beauty. :+fav: It's truly terrible when anyone has to undergo something like that, but I know that, if anyone, she survived it with her head still held high and her courage unwavered. My hat is off to her. May we all be so strong.
Reply
:iconbruja-escarlata:
bruja-escarlata Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
is beautyfull
Reply
:icondayandevarlo:
DayanDeVarlo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Very strong and beautiful image, congrats on both accounts!
Reply
:icondanostergren:
DanOstergren Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you thank you!
Reply
:icontulpen-teufel:
Tulpen-Teufel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Such confidence, she's gorgeous! :heart:
Reply
:iconfiskxphantom:
FiskXPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
This is the most beautiful and strong image I've seen in a while. Congratulations. :nod:
Reply
:icondanostergren:
DanOstergren Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
Reply
:iconfiskxphantom:
FiskXPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome. :nod:
Reply
:iconnora302:
nora302 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
this is such a well taken photo. what gets me though is the story of strength behind it
Reply
:iconrebelflowers:
Rebelflowers Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Photographer
Please extend my heartfelt best wishes to your model in her fight against a terrible disease. It takes a very courageous human to find the strength to remember such a life changing moment.

Thank you for sharing this.
Reply
:iconwascawwywabbit:
WascawwyWabbit Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
BRAVO :w00t: :D
Reply
:iconkeytan:
keytan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
The mold is over rated. She's beautiful and wonderful because she is her own self. Proud and strong. I love this image. The dark gritty background in contrast to her pure light and beauty is wonderful. The darks and lights play off each other so well.
Reply
:icondanostergren:
DanOstergren Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
Reply
:icont-equio:
T-equio Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
making you think.

:+fav:
Reply
:iconslimekingktw:
SlimeKingKtW Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Strong and beautiful indeed.
Reply
:iconwhiteknightzer0:
WhiteKnightZer0 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
She's still beautiful deep down regardless. She is a true fighter. Hope she makes it through !!
Reply
:iconnephthys76:
Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A good friend of mine just lost her fight against breast cancer this past November. Knowing, full well, the ugliness that is cancer, this photograph is a stark contrast, and makes me see a glimmer of light in an evil darkness. In her face I can see her priorities... a full and rich life over a vain one. Who can lament the mutilation of a breast as payment for life itself?

I'm not well versed in the art of photography, and can't speak to lighting or balance of color, or of depth of field, etc... but I know that the message this photo tells is beautiful, and the beauty conveyed by the model is beyond "pleasing to the eye" and reaches me in ways that I cannot explain.

To Dan, thank you very much for this photo. And to the model, thank you for your unabashed pride of who you are and for allowing all of us to witness your triumph.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
August 25, 2012
Image Size
433 KB
Resolution
600×900
Mature Content
Yes
Thumb

Stats

Views
25,563 (1 today)
Favourites
732 (who?)
Comments
300
Downloads
110

Camera Data

Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 50D
Shutter Speed
1/2000 second
Aperture
F/1.8
Focal Length
85 mm
ISO Speed
250
Date Taken
Aug 18, 2012, 9:38:22 AM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
Sensor Size
2mm
×