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Shantha Marie Fountain
A Constant Artistic Conceptualization and Human In Progress
A Constant Artistic Conceptualization and Human In Progress

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Bargaining with Death

“And at times the fact of her absence will hit you like a blow to the chest, and you will weep. But this will happen less and less as time goes on. She is dead. You are alive. So live.” - Neil Gaiman

Death is an inevitable part of life. At the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, I feel like I have experienced too much in such a short time. First with my grandmother and then my beloved furbaby, Tenshi.

The pain has been great in my heart, but the need to move through it and ease the ache seems to come in the form of creating art. Duality seemed like a cathartic place to begin.

This image came to be based on my love of Neil Gaiman's character, Death, which (along side Delirium) is one of my favorites in the graphic novel series "The Sandman". She had her own spin-off"s Death: The High Cost of Living" and "Death: The Time of Your Life".

Once I knew that she was the the centerpiece to my story, it was easy to create a narrative in my head based on the grief I was feeling. There are stages that all the experts and google searches tell you that you will go through, and while I feel like I have made it through most of them, there are still times I find it hard knowing they are gone.

Some days are good and some days are bad. At the end of the day, I think of a very famous quote by Death herself...

“You lived what anybody gets, Bernie. You got a lifetime. No more. No less.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 7: Brief Lives

So I am going to keep them alive in my memories and heart, and continue to live.

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You Don't Have To Try....Just Be

Lyrics from Colbie Caillat's "Try"

Put your make up on
Get your nails done
Curl your hair
Run the extra mile
Keep it slim
So they like you. Do they like you?

Get your sexy on
Don't be shy, girl
Take it off
This is what you want, to belong
So they like you. Do you like you?

You don't have to try so hard
You don't have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don't have to change a single thing

In honor of Michael Albrecht, Self Expression, and Life itself, I created this self portrait as a very real glimpse of myself.

I have many sides, but the one predominant surface people see online and in my art is the creative and put together person or story crafted into each piece. Rarely is the undressed and vulnerable version shared. I thought that I would change that today.

Today, I share two sides of the same coin.

It is my way of celebrating in life, comfort, expression... It is my way of honoring those I/We have lost.

I don't have to try...

I don't have to change a single thing.

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Tis the season... any season. When is a self-portrait out of season?

Please feel free to join in!

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Since G+ is doing away with Events, we are trying to adjust to the times.

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Balancing Act

"There is no decision that we can make that doesn't come with some sort of balance or sacrifice". ~ Simon Sinek

For this week's Selfie Sunday theme of Silly, I decided to take a few minutes out of my super busy weekend and create something for "fun".

This year has been hella hectic for me (thus far) and I haven't had near the time to create as I would have hoped, but that doesn't mean I don't like to cut loose - amidst the balancing act that is life - and have a genuinely good time with my camera.

Everything in this shot is purposeful and it was a joy to make...

I hope you all enjoy a slice of my little Nerd Life!

To participate, head on over here:

#silly   #justforfun   #selfportrait   #theartofselfportraiture   #juxtapixelsphotodesigns   #purple  

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3 Pisces - The Fates of Spring

"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." - Harriet Ann Jacobs

#theartofselfportraiture   #scanography   #juxtapixelsphotodesigns  

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The Sun Goddess Reborn

Part of my winter solstice makeup and photoshoot.

"The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory." - Gary Zukav

For the true solstice, I decided to edit and post the image of my interpretation of the celebration of Yule in terms of the Norse telling.

The Winter Solstice is a magical season; one that marks the journey from this year to the next, journeys of the spirit from one world to the next, and the magic of birth, death, and rebirth. Throughout the world gods and goddesses of light were being born during the Winter Solstice.

This night of darkness grew from the myths of the Norse goddess Freya (also called Frigga) who sat at her spinning wheel weaving the fates, and the celebration was called Yule, from the Norse word Jul, meaning wheel. The Christmas wreath, a symbol adapted from Freya's "Wheel of Fate", reminds us of the cycle of the seasons and the continuity of life. I created mine from brightly shining ornaments wreathed atop my head, as an example. I also wore my contacts that looked like blue wreaths to act as surrogate wheels of fate.

Not to leave other cultures in the dark, the Solstice is also the time for visions. Rhiannon, rides through the dreams of her people by night, transporting them to the place between the worlds where they can create their own visions, giving them a gift of what they need most; helping them to make real their dreams.

In Scotland, the last night of the year is Wish Night, a holiday when wishes made for the coming year are at their most powerful.

So no matter what religion or magic you believe, with this image and with the most heartfelt decree, I wish you all a happy and safe holiday/end of year.

Namaste! ♥

#juxtapixelsphotodesigns   #selfportraiture   #winter   #solstice   #light   #selfportrait   #selfie  

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Added photos to Selfie Sunday Project: No Theme / Your Choice.

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Winter Solstice

"Leave a little sparkle wherever you go."

As we reach towards a new year, let us take stock in life, death, and the rebirth of our loved ones and ourselves.  May we spread a little more love and light in the upcoming 2016, and stave off the darkness in the world.

#juxtapixelsphotodesigns   #selfportraiture   #winter   #solstice   #light   #selfportrait   #selfie   #selfiesunday  
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