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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".
A troubled, young boy. He is neither good, nor bad.
(LittleFee Bisou Boy from Fairyland - 25cm)
Birthday: 14th October 2013
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.
I'll do my best to better it! Not sure how that will go 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 Maybe I could re-do some ideas.
Thank you so much!!
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.