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Since I started photography, I've always aimed to create creatures that can't exist outside my head. They are my monsters, my joys, my fears and worries. When I take a self-prortait, I never see myself as the model. I'm just a painter of a dream, of an idea.

When I put on my make-up, I am no longer Cristina, but
"the prisoner." (the prisoner. by Senju-HiMe) a "fire dancer." (fire dancer. by Senju-HiMe) or a "maniac." maniac. by Senju-HiMe

People escape reality by reading, painting, or listening to music. I do it by taking self-portraits.


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I find this piece of art to be very beautiful and enlightening. What I take from this is a divide in emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Its shows how we contain both the "normal" and the unusual. I feel like this is not only an expression from the artist, but also a reminder of how I view myself. Being split down ths middle shows equal parts of an opposing drive, the raw energy of two mismatched mentalities contained in one brain. There is fear and bravery, honesty and manipulation, vanity and self loathing,humility and narcissism, all batteling for control. Maybe the reason why I do so adore this picture is for the fact that many of my previous works of art are so chillingly similar, almost identical. With our humanity comes choice. We can choose to conform to societies idea of how we should think, look and behave. Or we can rebel, we can stand tall and show our insanity which is uniquely us. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This work of art is the artists expression. Perhaps the meaning of this piece is all together entirely different from how I perceive it. But all art is open for interpretation. The meanings can even change day to day. I believe this picture holds something unique and special for all of us.
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kik-ass Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, very cool shot
Skyril2 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Wow! Have you read The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer? This reminds me of the Lunar Queen Levana, what she really looks like VS what she makes herself look like.
Beautiful photography!
flukey0 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
mustai Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly amazing concept and an amazing execution, the combination of the amazing photo and the honest concise artist description have depth and meaning that full paragraphs can't have.
TripleS-Art Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Neat! :)
BlockPainter Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
right half looks so much better than left one, a very beautiful lady. 
Dragonflysunning Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah… did you use photoshop to integrate two photos, or is that purely impeccable makeup?
Dragonflysunning Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
opps… shoulda read the description Blush 
ShyButterflyLove Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are extremely inspirational. I love all of your photos, they have something I've NEVER seen in anyone else's photos. You really open my eyes and mind, to new perspectives and ideas. Brilliant.
kae-ri Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Very strong piece of work. I like the obvious connection to societal pressures into reality. However, I really do like the white eyes, which sort of represent blindness to me. It seems to symbolize the blindness to how society inpacts one. I like the contrast between the makeup and the unmasked face. It seems to represent the rebellious self that seems to blend into the self created by societal pressures.
KatieNewbie Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally cool when you use your hand to cover one side to see the other one! Great idea and very well done!
annafuru Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
YOU have a brilliant mind! I would have never thought of self-portraits as a way of 'escaping' reality.
xanoca Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are amazing :heart:
Tybertimus Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Great concept and execution. If I may say, judging from the right half of the photo, you have a lot of natural beauty.
Grafexecutor Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Todas las mujeres del Espaņa son preciosas ... without make-up! :heart:
Werejewel Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Photographer
This reminds me of what the professor was talking about in Creative Writing the other day. We all have 3 sides to us: what we show the world, what we feel we are, what we really are.

Excellent work.
georgiegirl2245 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I just wonder, do you use MAC makeup?
Me-MAI Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
caixvisio Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its is sheer brilliance...
never-going-back Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist
What kind of otherworldly foundation do you use that hides freckles so well o_O
I love the red lip with the white eye... very zombie Queen of Hearts-ish.
markremarque Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Striking and disconcerting. Even if I ignore the contact lens, the right half is a bit frightening; the left half looks like someone I'd want to marry. (The freckles are so adorable.)
seedz Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
avalanchepark Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
this is a first - fav'd it not because the image captures me but the commentary you added to it.

it strikes me that great models are always trying to do this - create a presence that isn't real with or for the photographer. I think the fact you are on both sides of this equation is part of the reason your work is so good........
Hatchetgabby Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A beautiful piece,what did you use on your lips?
SabriVega Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist
Me encanta, muy preciosa!!
MoRiAnGeL Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa! Very impressive :D It's amazing what contacts, makeup and hair dye can do
ulltraz Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
fantastic job!!!is amazing!!!with or without make up you are beautiful!!!Love 
notwriter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Cautivador y ensimismante!
ilona-veresk Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
Very charismatic portrait! You are beautiful and talented! :3
FreeDaum Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice !
Synystervida Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Lovely ! =)
IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm happy that you let us be a part of your many escapes :)
Thanks for sharing your amazing art!
mecengineer Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Ziruzadat Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fizeste-me lembrar esta cena:…

you're the best cristina :)
JACAC Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
mee4ever Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Photographer
Your natural look is so enchanting
LNDFrance Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic. :heart:
chinoise56 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The Made-up & the unadorned
noan4 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Wow...  Just amazing work.
Intimidator777 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool concept- really makes you think about that age old identity dilemma.
dholms Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you are so insanely talented and creative.
and you absolutely blow my mind.
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Its like Aerial from The Little Mermaid met Two-face from Batman
artofpan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student General Artist
How did you get your hair on the left like that without retouching :O Cool image, by the way :)
DanteLosGatos Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Always loved your art
shawn1977 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Gorgeous and gifted. Brilliant and captivating. Keep it up!
ImTheDocta Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
You would do an amazing Amy Pond cosplay.
Journei Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Two different sides of the same coin.

Very nice.

Love the contrast.
aydean Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a beautiful photograph that captures your idea, but paired with your description, it becomes even more wonderful. I'm such a huge fan of your work because of this reason. You're such an inspiration because your art is to turn yourself into any number of magical and mystical beings, and you always deliver. I continue to come back to your gallery again and again because the depth of your work always offers a creative boost. Keep doing what you're doing, dear, because you're perfect and so skilled at your trade. :heart:
oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist
This should be a character in a movie or something! Fascinating stuff
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Date Taken
Apr 9, 2014, 3:22:42 PM
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