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DescriptionThe Emotional Drowning is an image taken from photographic artist, Jaeda DeWalts, Floral Fatalities series. Image photographed with a digital camera, held out at arms length, overhead.
ABOUT THIS IMAGE:Image was inspired by a beautiful bouquet of flowers i received, yesterday. Along with the autumn inspired bouquet was an exquisite array of Godiva chocolates. I wanted to celebrate that romantic moment, by capturing it in photographic form. I had an excruciating migraine when i shot this series. I found it impossible to remove the agony from my face. Most of the images in this series have a bit of tension to them, even though my intial intent was do something timeless, dreamy and romantic.
I am deeply intuitive and empathetic, i can’t help but key into the emotive atmospheres of others. My inability to safeguard myself from the emotions of others, often leaves me feeling as if i am emotionally drowning. There are no natural barriers around me, no boundaries, no walls… i suppose they were torn down in my early childhood.
The series title, “Floral Fatalities” came about when i was unwrapping my bouquet from the box and carefully removing the petals that were bruised in transit. I hated to waste them, so i kept them and photographed them. You will see a lot of them, later in this series. The fabric i am draped in, came from the packaging contained in the box the flowers were wrapped in…
Special thanks to the person that inspired this spontaneous creation and series :).HOW THIS IMAGE WAS CREATED:I carefully covered myself with the iridescent sheer fabric, tossed some fresh rose petals on top and carefully reach for the camera with my right arm, held it overhead and photographed this self-portrait.
It is so rare that a surreal image comes straight from my camera. I got so lucky with this one. I cropped it, did a color and level correct and that’s it! It was ready to post :).
About Me: I am a self-taught taught artist that discovered my passion of photography, back in 1995, while writing my first book, Haunting Hands. A book initially intended to be a collection of poems i had written about surviving a difficult childhood. I decided it would feel more personal if i created the cover for the book myself. Shortly thereafter, i purchased a camera and turned my living room into a makeshift studio. I did a series of self-portraits and then another and another. The process of creating and putting myself in front of the camera felt cathartic, liberating and healing. The photographic medium opened up a new world to me and ignited a kind of passion within that i didn’t even know i was capable of experiencing. My book transformed into a, survivor-orientated, photographic essay and that started me down the path to becoming a photographic artist.
ANSWER TO THE MOST FAQ EVER: Are your self-portraits, self-portraits? YES! I don't consider a self-portrait to be TRULY a self-portrait unless i take the picture of myself, by myself. It's not easy to chase oneself around with the camera, LOL. But that's what i do. I use a digital camera, utilizing the self-timer mode. Sometimes i get the shot i want on the first shot or first few frames and other times it takes me 100s of pictures to get the shot i want.
WHY do you create? . . . because imagery, poetry and words can offer us a feeling, an experience and the magical gift of transport. I want my imagery to give people a way to express themselves, to offer them a moment of magic and wonder, I want to ignite the imagination, emotions and give people a sense of connection. Learn more about my creative process via the Q & A page of my website: http://www.redbubble.com/people/jaedadewalt/journal/694520-q-and-a-with-jaeda.
BRIEF BIO: I have produced cover art for books, playbills, collective fine art books and have had my work exhibited in New York, including the Hofstra Museum. In 2009 i published, Shades of the Soul an artography book featuring my art and poetry. You can preview my book, here: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/625673