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The Transformation Challenge by Sarah-Vafidis The Transformation Challenge by Sarah-Vafidis

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Give us your answers about your creative process.

What programs or tools did you use?
A camera, a webcam and an iPhone.

Where did you find your inspiration for your entry?
When I think about transformation, I think about myself.  I searched through my hard drive and found my past.  I noticed the same awkwardness remains. 
2009 I weighed in at around 40kg because of chronic, undiagnosed cardiac-neuro Borreliosis (Lyme Disease). 
2010 was the year I got my cardiac pacemaker which changed my life greatly.
2014 is current and I'm still taking great risks to keep on winning.  The photo of the pacemaker scar reminds me to keep on trying.
The radically different thing about these three images is that they are all of the same person.


How long did it take to complete?
This template?  No more than ten minutes.
But technically how long did this complete?  Almost 21 years!


I'm not after a prize, I am certainly not well enough to travel LOL, but when I read the guidelines this morning, I wanted to do it anyway!

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artfromtheheart1212 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing story! 
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm writing a novel which has subliminal messages, all about my journey! I am living through a government consipiracy LOL but yes, it is very therapeutic to write!
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artfromtheheart1212 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're very welcome hun! I often wonder if all writers do this, either consciously or subconsciously. I've also written a novel (working on number 2 of a trilogy) and there are some things I added in there on purpose but then while in the editing stage I found things that I didn't realize were there. Little quotes or scenarios that described me or something that's happened in my life. It's actually pretty cool! I know now that no matter what I'm writing about, its all a part of the growing process. As a woman, a student, a mother... a person. Good luck to you!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder too, I suppose most would?  I mean, the greatest ideas usually come from something of great significance to the writer?  Not that I'm comparing my work to JK Rowling (lol) but for example, the Dementors represent depression.  Everything written has a meaning, at least I believe it does!  I often read back and see severe mental issues in my writing.  Part of my illness gives me pseudo psychiatric symptoms, so when I read back to the writing I did around my suicide attempt, I am deeply aware of how much writing (and the characters I write about) saved my life!  It's kind of wonderful really!  I am most definitely aware that I write about my journey, but for a few years there, I had no idea of anything, it was all just nothingness.  Pretty powerful to read now though!
I really do need to write more LOL.  It just gets hard because of the subject! 
Good luck to you also, what a great way to document growth! 
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Sheila-D-Tillery Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
I read this and it changed my complete thought process on this contest.

Amazing Share!  
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!!
The theme can be explored in many ways I think! This idea jumped right at me :)
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hawkeye1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Long may the transformation continue! Cool scar, btw. I must post a few of mine :)
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You should, they tell great stories! I like the one on my nose. It's from being fed as a 2 month early premmie newborn and the feeding tube wasn't small enough to fit up there LOL. That was probably my first scar actually too haha.
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hawkeye1 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Lucky you don't have my nose, you could just about fit a garden hose up there.
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD:
Don't worry, I have a chin that rock climbers would wish they could grab onto in case of emergency BAHA. 
I see my grandma when I look in the mirror, the genes are strong!  Would love to visit Greece and see the scenery, family history and family chins :XD: 
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hawkeye1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Ah, you're Greek, I wondered where Vafidis came from. I'm Scots-Irish-English-Swiss-German!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Half Greek, half Australian! I'm a "Wozzie" Aussie x wog lol.
Wow that's an awesome mix! Family of mum were scots and said really awesome things when she was growing up haha. I like that accent.
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hawkeye1 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
So how are you feeling today?
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm alright, did too much this week and today though.  A friend has weaned her foal so the mother is staying with us for a little while and I was out doing things to prepare in the stable :)  I have a 21st birthday to go to tonight so I'm looking forward to scrubbing up haha.  Gotta have a few girly moments!  Will be suffering tomorrow but it is worth it.  I go by the theory that I'm suffering anyway and need to have fun sometimes, right? :XD:

How are you?  When are we allowed to see some wedding photos? :eager:
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astridbjork Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Even though I didn't knew you back in 2009, it still feels like you've changed/transformed a lot. I'm guessing that Lyme has been a big part of that transformation, but it feels like you've kind of adjusted to it (not saying that you're accepting it) and made it has made you stronger and more determined to win over it. :)

You are amazing, Sarah~ Keep on going~ :heart:
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very right, Lyme has been a huge factor in the changes! I have always tried (as have parents) to just modify how we live and do things, like when we flew to Queensland to see the Lyme doctor, we adjusted what we did to have fun so went and saw the next Hunger Games lol. Just accept that this is how life is now and just gotta deal with it! Not always easy but I get over the negative things eventually lol

I will win, I have to! I can't wait to say I've won <3
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astridbjork Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student General Artist
:huggle: :huggle: <3 <3
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:highfive: 
I've got so much respect for you
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh thank you, I really appreciate that! <3
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MoonyKitten Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Photographer
You will do it :)
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And that I will! :eager:
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KeezaPepper Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Amazing <3
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! <3
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TheFifthDollanganger Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so brave and beautiful, Sarah. Whenever I think bad of myself, I think of how strong you are, and I want to be like that.
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thank you sweets, but you are already very strong! Xxx
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Kelcobi Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What a powerful transformation! I don't notice any awkwardness; I think you're quite pretty. I hope your health continues to improve!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I hope it does too, and as long as dA is here, I'll have help along the way :)
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