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Aug 18, 2012, 9:38:22 AM
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(Contains: nudity)
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.

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Given 2013-01-05
Spare Me From the Mold by =DanOstergren ( Suggested by hossainalwasi and Featured by Nyx-Valentine )
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.
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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.
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
HiMyNameIsCrash Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Dan, this is wonderful.
Ashie2011 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
This is absolutely beautiful. WHAT A TROOPER~!! :D I love this.
Fatcathouse Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
beautiful & POWERFULL work sir and miss muse
chaos-in-compounded Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
truly beautiful
DanOstergren Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
Rojpix Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
brave girl .. great job good collaboration
DanOstergren Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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!
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