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SARAH VAFIDIS

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Do not steal my art, create your own.

 

So this photo shoot has been months in the making!  I first got the idea soon after starting injecting myself, so that meant I only had two syringes a day - I only had about 8 collected at the time.  So now, a few months have passed and I had 112 ex-needle syringes to play with!  I am so pleased with the results and was shocked it only took 40 photos to get the set I wanted (big upgrade from the 100+ I can take, trying to get "the one".)

I inject myself (subcutaneous) in the stomach once a day, first with a local anaesthetic, switch syringes over then inject Magnesium.  This has kept my migraine away since my first injection - incredible.  Once a week my dad injects a huge needle with thick fluid (intramuscular) Bicillin (which is a form of Penicillin) into my "upper outer butt muscle" which hurt so much my body shuts down and wants me to faint to escape it.  Of course my pacemaker prevents the pass out, but I don't get the relief of doing so, so I lie down for a fair while trying to calm my Central Nervous System down.

Needless to say (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist that pun) I used my doll Herx to do this shoot as he is the doll that represents my chronic Lyme Disease.  I hope these can raise awareness of Lyme Disease to whoever may look at these now and in the future.  If the government recognised this disease, there would be no need for people like me, 14 years down the track, injecting myself with needles, especially the big and painful ones, just to try and function each day.  If we had the treatment we deserve, this, and everything else, could stop.

As a side note to the Australian Government, let me just say that LYME DISEASE IS IN AUSTRALIA.  WAKE UP AND STOP DE-REGISTERING THE VERY FEW DOCTORS WHO ARE QUALIFIED TO TREAT US.  GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND AND WAKE UP.

That is all!  I hope you like it.

Title comes from the fact I had the needles in a box for this idea and is also a song title from "The Used".

 

Herxheimer
A troubled, young boy. He is neither good, nor bad.
(LittleFee Bisou Boy from Fairyland - 25cm)
Birthday: 14th October 2013

 

~Sarah Vafidis

 

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LeCartWheelzOfRage Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a stunning picture and the title reminds me of a song from The Used. Lol
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daro-1 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I like
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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Ari-Heart-Matsuri Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really beautiful, especially the sentiment behind it!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot, this means a lot to me! :heart:
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Ari-Heart-Matsuri Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! <3
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EquestrianStrong Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job!! Such a powerful shot!!! Keep up the good work and always stay strong :hug: :heart:
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I am REALLY happy with how this turned out! :heart:
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EquestrianStrong Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Its so powerful! I love it!
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wildmandrake Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Writer
this is a very powerful picture... it says so much. Great art is about the collision simplicity and clarity with complexity... clarity of vision and emotion but complexity of meaning and associations... you've got it here.
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thank you so very much, I really appreciate your comment!  I am still really proud of this, I had a clear vision of what I wanted to achieve and I am happy I could do it.  I am going to hang this on my wall, will sure make an interesting conversation starter! 
Thank you so much again, I'm very glad you understood my photo :heart:
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SnapShotDataBase Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
this is stunning... tells a brilliant story..... i love it....
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very, very much.  I really appreciate your comment :heart:
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grosskiddo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This is really stunning! Absulitly beautiful !
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!  I am really happy you like it :aww: :heart:
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HeyuCutie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks fantastic! The expression on his face makes it all the more powerful!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!  I'm very glad you like it :aww:
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vale4u Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Powerful imagery! Great photo!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!  I'm glad you like it! :heart:
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vale4u Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
you're welcome
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Ariemea Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
This really is an amazing shot. The quality is excellent and the execution is flawless. Beautiful photo. Every time I see it I double take again. <3
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!  I am really, truly proud of this one!  :heart: 
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Ariemea Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
You should be. :3
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Oceanum-MMA Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's been a long time since I don't check your stuff, but whenever I do I enjoy what I see and it's such a shame that you have to go through all of this s***. I hope that at some point of your life you'll find yourself to be peaceful without having to deal with all of that. Nice picture Hug 
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
I hope that day comes soon, not only for me, but for the thousands and thousands of other Australians who are also fighting.  The Government could easily end this all...  Hopefully we aren't too far away from winning, but it's horrific that people end up in nursing homes while others die, just because of politics.  It isn't right! 
I know my art won't change the world, but it's the way I cope! :heart: :huggle:
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Caen-N Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
this is brilliant~!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you so much!  Means a lot coming from you :heart:
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hawkeye1 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
This is the absolute best thing you have ever done, Sarh, both technically and artistically. Be very proud of it
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, I really hoped you'd like it!  I narrowed the rest of the set down to two, and now I've come back home, I hate the others.  The feel and my message is ALL in this single shot, if I was to upload the rest, I'd ruin it.

I am insanely proud of this, I uploaded it to as many relevant groups here on dA, in hope everyone possible can see it, not because I want them to "see", I want them to feel the photo and "hear" the message.  I hope I am successful.  I really am proud of this!

Usually I am first to pick apart all the technical aspects of my shots, but this, to me, is exactly how I envisioned it those months ago - to me it is perfect.

I think I've set myself a standard :XD:
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hawkeye1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014

You definitely have set a standard, now you have to  better it.


Just my 2 cents.....It's good to master the technical side of it all, but never lose sight of the art.


Again, well done.

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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I'll do my best to better it!  Not sure how that will go :giggle:  but I'll keep trying that's for sure!  Maybe I will keep drawing ideas out from places like this one - usually my themes are subtle and hidden so it makes sense to people who are healthy, but maybe I need to be more blunt about it, if it has shock factor, so be it!

Some things I've done, I love the concept, I just wasn't talented enough at the time to execute it well :D Maybe I could re-do some ideas.

Thank you so much!!

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hawkeye1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014

I know all about revisiting themes, done it many times. It's amazing how the shot changes as you change.


I'll let you into a little secret...as an artist, shocking people is a shit load of fun.

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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got an idea - but I am pretty sure real blood would stain the doll resin!!!!!!!  And I wonder if the butcher around here would sell one :XD:  Hmmm...  It is a ridiculously cool idea!!! 
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hawkeye1 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Ok...could you somehow coat the resin with something so the blood wipes off? And yes, chat up your local burcher....or buy some raw steak :)
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have organs in mind LOL
Yeah I suppose that's possible to do, but I'd have to see if the coat will come off the resin :XD:  when in doubt - gladwrap :XD:
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Paladin-Ciel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awwwwe such a sad picture.

Theres a powerful message there.

Your a real trooper putting up with so many pokes. :c
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am SO glad you can feel the message, my message, that makes me happy!  Thank you so much :heart: 
It is a fair amount of pokes, and as of today I can add another one to the mix (yay for more "art supplies" :giggle: )
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devilishxlianneke Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautifull! But also very deep when you start thinking about it. You really could write a whole storie about this picture. Great work! Thank you so much for sharing :D
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your comment! :heart: I am very happy you like it!  It is my pleasure to share it, I hope many people can enjoy it too :aww:
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tozhma Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
worthy
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope worthy in a good way!! 
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tozhma Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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astridbjork Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
So many syringes... Glad you've got another use for them rather than injections though, and I'm looking forward to see the rest of the set~ c:
It's a very sad picture though.. I'm not sure if it's intentional, but it really looks like he is crying. Don't cryyy
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes there is quite a lot!  It was kinda nice to look at them in a creative way, not just a daily thing I need to do.  I was surprised at how easy, but hard they were to photograph - like - they needed posing!  Some were all facing the same way, so all I could see was "ONE USE ONLY" or all of them were pointing the same...  They needed more time spent on them than Herx's head!!
I tried to make it have a cold feeling to it, angled it so he looked at peace, mum noticed the gloss on his eye and didn't like it there, but now you mention it, it actually looks like a tear :)  I like it there :aww:
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