Monday, December 29, 2014

[Previously Unreleased] Androgyny: People Like Us, Part II

This is the initial concept of what the shoot would of been, 
without the essential addition of the corset. Although I always
do end up posting them on the blog on a future date or time, 
at the time I didn't feel like it spoke enough of the theme I wanted
it to embody. 

This should however still be seen. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Geek Chic

This shoot took an unexpected turn, and would of
been another theme all together had it not been for my 
cousin Cindy, who bought these retro sunglasses for me,
and the theme Geek Chic was born.

Then, in mid shoot, I realised/decided to add some intellectual
reading into the shoot and thought of using one of my mom's
books in psychology. Standing in front of her book shelf though, instead,
my eye caught two books in particular, both theses, both by two
phenomenal women in my life. One by my mother, Cecilia
and the other by my oldest cousin Brigitte. 

This shoot is a dedication to these three phenomenal women. 
I give you Geek Chic.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Androgyny: People Like Us

Androgyny, taken from wikipedia:

"Androgyny is the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics. Sexual ambiguity may be found in fashiongender identity,sexual identity, or sexual lifestyle.
For humans, androgyne (/ˈændrən/ an-drə-jyn) in terms of gender identity is a person who does not fit neatly into the typical masculine and feminine gender roles of their society. Androgynes may also use the term "ambigender" or "polygender" to describe themselves. Many androgynes identify as being mentally between woman and man, or as entirely genderless. They may identify as "non-gender", "gender-neutral", "agender", "between genders", "genderqueer", "multigender", "intergendered", "pangender" or "gender fluid"

 This is the many faces of what defines Gender Bending. How society
sees gender bending differs, which in itself seems like an oxymoron of sorts,

I challenge these norms as much as possible,  not just because of social 
prejudice and ignorance, but also on a personal level; to 
accept a sense of acceptance of what and who I am
regardless of what society views or deem as the norm, 
because femininity is not limited to the female gender as
much as masculinity is limited to the male gender. There is a world
to explore between the two worlds, and that's where I start...

[In Retrospect] #IMatter

A while back I decided to turn "hashtag selfies" into "hashtag selflove"
instead, irrelevant whether it has been trending before or not. A friend
of mine, Hyren Peterson then posted a photo with "#IMatter" that inspired me 
so much...

A photo that spoke of self acceptance, as well as self love, regardless
of how the outside world views you, because all that matters is what you 
think of yourself; I figured I would incorporate that and begin with 
"#IMatterBecauseILoveMyself' & 'ILoveMyselfBecauseIMatter'.

The decision/idea to do this also came after going through a very gruesome
personal issue which was tacked with the two part shoot (I Had) Come Undone
and Coming Undone Part II, Finding All The Pieces

Here's to many more ;D

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Gypsy Part II, Lifted

This is a poem I wrote back in 2011.

"Relate, desecrate, crucify, justify. 
Hollow heart; forever beating.
Sorrow, forever my companion, 
blackest of black; sincere lies.
If I told you the truth, 
pain would be my virtue.

Suffer, bleed, suffer, cry. 
These tears are an eternity of who you are.
They forever burn my skin; 
a constant reminder of who I'll never be.
Fragile smile, fragile fear..." 
-Franco Mostert 13 February 2011 

Reading this poem now, I realised how much I have grown as person.
Although I will always consider myself a gypsy in the sense that I do not
conform and try to fit it, I have made peace with that, compared to a few
years ago, when I felt a gypsy meant being an outcast, odd and weird.

I am forever a gypsy, scars remind me just how I have come ;D