Shoot the Wicked Witch: Blog https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog en-us (C) Shoot the Wicked Witch (Shoot the Wicked Witch) Fri, 15 Oct 2021 23:56:00 GMT Fri, 15 Oct 2021 23:56:00 GMT https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/img/s/v-12/u472984124-o285418543-50.jpg Shoot the Wicked Witch: Blog https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog 120 80 Facebook Meltdown - SAVE YOUR PHOTOS! https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2021/10/facebook-meltdown---save-your-photos During the great internet fail of October 2021 I watched for about 4 hours while people flocked to Twitter to cry that Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp weren't working. It was just a flood of posts to let us know a different social media platform wasn't working. We didn't care but also why does anyone even use Whatsapp? We all get free txts. 

What REALLY stood out amongst the posts though, was one person freaking everyone out with a screenshot of coding telling everyone Facebook was dead and seeing women replying on how many years worth of photos they'll lose of their children if Facebook doesn't return. It blew my mind that people are really using Facebook to 'store' photos.

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There are so many reasons why you shouldn't do this...

1. If the site does ever crash and burn, that's the end of your photos.

I know everyone likes to show off what they've been up to on social media but is it really worth risking all of your memories to leave them only on Facebook? Years ago Myspace crashed and permanently lost data which is why if you log into your old account now you'll see a whole lot of broken photo links. Your emo past is gone. Maybe that's an era you want to forget anyway, but there's no walk down memory lane now. It's one thing to leave that photo of your dinner from last Friday on Facebook but photos of your family and friends deserve to be treated better.

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[You in your home of no photos - photo by Zachary Kadolph]

2. Facebook compresses your photos.

Lets say you don't back up your photos anywhere because they're on Facebook. What you aren't realising is that Facebook dramatically compresses your photos when you upload them or send them via messenger.

Example 1: A lady recently sent me a photo to restore that was 1500x2100 PPI 1000 DPI but Facebook compressed it to 280x427 72 DPI.
Example 2: If I upload a high-res photo that has 3497x5238 PPI 300 DPI, Facebook has shrunk that down to 1312x1985 72 DPI.

What does this even mean? It drastically affects the print quality of the image.

DPI (Dots Per Inch) refers to the output resolution of a printer. Professional printers and photo kiosks need you to have 300DPI (some can use 150-200 but 300 is recommended for best quality) but you also need the pixel length of the image to be at least 1200x800 for a standard 6x4" print. As the DPI shrinks, so does the pixel length of the image. So using my example above - it's taken a file size that could print to poster size and shrunk it so I can only print it as a 6x4" print.

When I upload photos to my Facebook page I purposely make them small and at 72DPI to avoid what compression might do. While working at Camera House though I accidentally printed one of my low-res files instead of a proper sized photo and it came out a blurry mess. It was good to know that the average person couldn't just steal my photo and print it out at the shops.

On the other hand it can have little effect on the 'document size' which is why photos can be printed at home ok, but I hate home printers so I'm not talking about them. I had one years ago that I printed old photos out for my mum and 15 years later they're faded looking and they've been sitting inside of a photo album protected. Going to a proper photo printer is so cheap (10-50 cents depending on where you go) that I just don't see the point in compromising quality.

3. Facebook is not a backup for your phone

As much as I cringe, I know everyone uses their smartphones to document every little detail of their life and nobody seems to ever back the photos up onto their home computers or the cloud which Apple has for people to use. I don't use the Cloud myself but I suck at remembering my own passwords. Phones are probably as reliable as Facebook for storing photos. Phones end up stolen, smashed, inside toilets..if you really cherish those photos of your kids, your friends wedding or those holidays we got to have in BC (Before Covid), print them. Get rid of the LIVE LAUGH LOVE sign, print your photos and display them!

WHY YOU SHOULD PRINT YOUR PHOTOS

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Your parents printed photos. Your grandparents did it, your great grandparents, your great great parents.. You know all those old photos you probably have stored in photo albums and family trees? That's because your relatives treasured their families and wanted to keep their memories safe which future generations can look at. By leaving your photos on Facebook, what is your child going to look at 20 years from now? If Facebook ever dies or you lose your account then you just erased their entire childhood.

When I started studying photography back in 2004 we learned about archiving and the importance of Acid-Free photo albums. I went home and told my mum and we started to redo all the old family albums to better store our photos and keepsakes. We had all those 70-80's style albums where your photo stuck to the page and was covered in plastic and sure they worked but we had a hard time getting some of those photos out. A scalpel was used for some and we just had to admit defeat. Even the 90's style slip-in albums seemed to like sticking to the photos making them hard to get out. We bought some large albums with plain black pages and white tissue paper between each page - that stops the photos rubbing together. How you stick your photos into the album is up to you with choices of acid-free glue sticks or double-sided tape but using sticky photo corners makes photos easily removable if you ever need to scan one. You can be as boring or as creative as you want with your photo album too thanks to scrapbooking. There's endless choices every year for themed papers and embellishments. My mum liked including ticket stubs and things she picked up on holidays into her albums. 

HARD DRIVES

Storing your photos on a hard drive is a good move but it also shouldn't be your only backup option. Hard drives can die too. Anything electronic can and will but for a good tip - buy a desktop hard drive. They last so well! I've got one here that's over 10 years old and still going. 'Plug N Play' drives are garbage though. I've had at least 3 crash on me as soon as the warranty is up. They look compact and cute but they just cause you grief. One was just random movies so not the end of the world but losing photos makes me wish I was dead. I had one fail while I was in the process of backing it up to my main hard drive to make it even worse. I had just emptied my Macbook to the plug-n-play to transfer over and suddenly it was broken. I lost every photo taken in 2015-2016. Some were photos I was still working on and others were concert photos that I wanted to print my favs out to make a gallery wall but I hadn't had the time yet. From those 2 years I have 2 physical prints to show for it. It's also really easy to accidentally delete a folder without meaning too and if they aren't backed up properly then that's another box of tissues you're going to need. While finishing off my Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes gig photos back in 2018 I realised I saved them wrong and deleted the files. Due to how little room I had on my Macbook at the time I instantly emptied the trash can. I went back into Lightroom to realise I also deleted the raw files by accident. Just like that EVERY photo was gone. A few months later I realised I had the last few photos from that concert still sitting on an SD card. I'd used 2 that night, the first one I'd wiped but somehow I hadn't used the 2nd card since that night. They aren't the best photos but I at least have a couple saved now. During backups I also managed to deleted a folder with 10 years worth of photos of my nephew. I was completely devastated because I thought they were on my external hard drive BUT I had a huge stash of photos printed that I haven't put into an album yet and because I had done this it means I can scan them and make new backups. This is why its important to print your photos. 

My mum was into her family history so I now have a collection of random old photos dating back 100 years. So while you can lose your photos electronically in 0.05 seconds, this is how long a printed photo can last when looked after! But even in cases where photos haven't been cared for well, they can still be saved. 

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Honestly this is all a good advertisement for film photography. I've never lost a negative. 
 

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Opinion Piece Photo Restoration https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2021/10/facebook-meltdown---save-your-photos Mon, 11 Oct 2021 08:44:49 GMT
Candyman review https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2021/9/candyman-review You’re probably wondering why I’m writing a film review but I have a valid reason. I was pretty excited to hear about the new Candyman film that was coming out and last year I had planned to do a Candyman themed photoshoot for Halloween. It didn’t happen for various reasons. Then with the film being pushed back a few times I decided ok I have until August 2021 to get it done - I still haven’t. Winter and a really cold apartment makes it hard to work with plaster. It's also my first time using plaster so I'm now just waiting for warmer weather to try again. It just wouldn’t dry. It was also tricky to find a model. My first casting call I added a photo of Candyman and said I wanted a female horror fan - and then I got a whole lot of white girls applying. It baffled me seeing as Candyman is obviously a black man and the film involves the topic of racism. My 2nd casting call I added POC (Person Of Colour) and still got white girls applying and replying to them that I have no interest in white-washing this character. As it stands, I have 2 people interested and one of them I’m pretty sure hasn’t even heard of the movie. So as of this week, I realised Candyman turns 30 next year and that is now my new deadline. 

CANDYMAN

Date released 26th August 2021
Director: Nia DaCosta
Writers: Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Nia DaCosta
Cast:
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony McCoy
Teyonah Parris as Brianna Cartwright
Nathan Stewart-Jarr as Troy Cartwright
Colman Domingo as William Burke

Candyman follows visual artist Anthony McCoy and his girlfriend Brianna. One evening Brianna’s brother Troy and his boyfriend are over when Troy brings up Anthony’s artist block and insists on telling them a scary story about Helen Lyle, but like all urban legend tales the stories details have changed quite a bit in the last 29 years. The story peaks Anthony's interest and he sets out exploring the old neighbourhood where he meets laundromat owner William Burke. William tells him the story of the Candyman he knew as a child - Sherman Fields. Back in the 70’s, Sherman Fields was a man with a hook for a hand that liked to give the local children candy. The problem was some kids found a razor blade in theirs and the police were on the hunt for Sherman. "The police come around. That's when I saw the true face of fear." Williams screams brought the police running which led to Sherman's death. A couple of weeks later more children fell victim to a razor blade in their candy and everyone realised Sherman was in fact innocent. This spurs Anthony to create an installation called "Say My Name" for his next art show, a mirror that welcomes people to say Candyman five times and which sets the rest of the film in motion.

The first thing I noticed when the film started was the opening credits scene. The cinematography choices here were quite striking. Looking upwards at skyscrapers with dark and ominous clouds and I wondered if this was a nod to the original where the opening credits were bleak aerial views of the city. There were some interesting visual choices made throughout the movie using reflections in mirrors and glass windows to show us Candyman with many scenes opting not to directly show us the killer which made the film feel more supernatural.

There were plenty of subtle connections to the original without it feeling forced. An example is while Helen Lyle is taking photos in the empty apartment she finds a stash of candy wrapped with razor blades, the same candy we hear about in the story of Sherman Fields. Vanessa William’s cameo is linked to a main character and can I just say - I feel so dumb I never made that connection before today, also she hasn’t aged in almost 30 years! 

For the most part I liked that there weren’t any main white characters - in fact the white people in this film were mostly dumb and let’s face facts, white people do dumb shit in horror movies. They’re the ones calling Bloody Mary or playing with ouija boards or it's some Incel running around slashing people because he got turned down for a date. It’s a big reason I have enjoyed movies by Jordan Peele, they feel more intelligent and I’ve seen many online complain about his using race as plot lines but seriously who cares? Racism is a worldwide issue and anyone who has a problem about a black director making a film about black people probably has some bigger issues to be worrying about. 

The kill scenes were pretty cool, plenty of blood and cool sfx makeup. Personally I would say there were no jump scares (I never notice them anyway) but if I'm going to be completely honest the only time my skin crawled involved a scene with Anthony's hand. I'm not saying what scene, but if you've seen the movie then you will probably know what I'm talking about. 

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Art is a theme that is throughout the film. The whole film involves artists, art gallery owners, art critics and the use of shadow puppets felt like a perfect addition to the film as another visual art form. I loved the use of the puppets to tell the story of Daniel Robitaille, the original Candyman, rather than getting in actors to re-enact the scene we’ve already seen before in past sequels. Even ignoring the other films, I thought this was a respectful way to acknowledge Tony Todd’s portrayal of Candyman. Adding on to that, the 1992 version ended with Helen being the new ‘Candyman’ and the sequels never explored that further. Rather than just make a carbon copy film, the writers have taken that element and elaborated on the legend giving us a new Candyman in Sherman Fields. He wears a similar costume but his story is his own. 

As Anthony becomes more psychologically affected it reflects in his paintings. His first painting is simple, there's no room for interpretation. He's taken the topic and gone completely literal with it. The further along he goes the more chaotic his paintings become turning into abstract undead portraits. To be honest I loved them. For me they really told us where he's at mentally. They're unsettling and I sat there wondering why I haven't set my own easel up yet. 

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“They love what we make, but not us.”
- William Burke

This line hit hard but it’s true. Everyone loves black music, black sportsmen, black actors…but somehow they still aren’t seen as equal to white people. The subject of racism has been modernised in the sequel and it’s interesting to note the differences over time. The OG Candyman was the son of a slave who had a talent for painting and was hired to paint the portrait of some rich dude’s daughter. They fell in love and she became pregnant which ended with Daniel being tortured and murdered. He’s good enough to paint their portraits but not good enough to be one of them. In the 90’s when the original film was made, interracial couples were still considered taboo and sadly in my family it’s somehow shocking even now, but in 2021 the film features a gay interracial couple - a sign of what’s more socially (to a degree) acceptable now. This modern version also looks at police brutality - something that became a huge focus of 2020 with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

candyman-2021candyman-2021 Despite having to wait an extra year for Candyman to be released, I wasn’t disappointed. The lack of hype might have helped, Candyman didn’t follow movies like Halloween Kills with their constant need to remind us on a weekly basis why it’s going to be the best movie we’ve ever seen. Yes I’m dissing Halloween here but we do seem to live in an age now where TV shows and movies feel the need to tell us EVERYTHING before it’s come out. Just look at the upcoming Dexter series. It leaves nothing to be surprised about anymore. In the week since this film has been out I've not seen a single spoiler or review of it and I’m actually amazed. 

What I always loved about Candyman and probably why he's a character that always stood out to me is that he is not a villain in the traditional sense like Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger, he's a man that had bad things done to him. He's a brutal killer but at the same time you have empathy for him and these are qualities that have followed through to this sequel. 

Overall I thought the general tone of the film was comparable to the original, making this a movie that will be easy to watch back to back with the 1992 version. The kill scenes are memorable and the changes to Candyman’s lore worked well. I wish more reboot-sequels could be like this *looks at The Craft: Legacy*.

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Horror Movie Review https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2021/9/candyman-review Tue, 31 Aug 2021 19:17:30 GMT
World Photography Day: 26 songs about photography https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2021/8/world-photography-day-songs-about-photography  

26 SONGS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY!

August 19th is World Photography Day. I started working on a blog idea two weeks ago and the past few days the pain has been so intense and I'd been waiting on results about a lump that I just couldn't concentrate. I wasn't in the mood to be listening to random songs I'd curated to see if I even liked them or not. So here it is late. Nothing quite like finding out it's THE day to make you finish something. I hope you enjoy it!

These are songs about photos, maybe they mention cameras..it's all relevant.

 

JON BON JOVI - Ugly
Album: Destination Anywhere [1997]

"And I wish I was a camera sometimes, so I could take your picture with my mind. I'd put it in a frame for you to see, how beautiful you really are to me."

Ok this is a total sap fest but the sentiment is nice so I'm including it in my list. I'm sure many of us have had someone say something similar to us and if you're like me who doesn't know what a compliment is, has scoffed at it. I was telling a friend only yesterday how I've been so concerned about if I'm catfishing the world or not that I took one photo with the app I use and one normal photo and really the difference was subtle. But then I told her about me saying all of this to my psychologist who looks at the photo and says "This looks nothing like you!" so obviously my brain is all "OMG I WAS RIGHT! IM CATFISHING EVERYONE! I AM A LIAR!" and then she says "you're much prettier in person". Give me a break lady. 

NICKLEBACK - Look At This Photograph
Album: All The Right Reasons [2005]

"Look at this photograph. Every time I do, it makes me laugh. How did our eyes get so red and what the hell is on Joey's head?"

I feel dirty for including them but this song spawned the meme. It's the 2000's rickroll. However, he's reminiscing while flicking through a photo album and I'm going to harp on about the importance of photos, printing them and displaying them whether it's in a photo album or framed on your walls. The moment you lose a person you'll cherish the photos and regret all the ones you didn't take because they are all you have left. 

CAKE - Sick Of You
Album: Showroom Of Compassion [2011]

"Every camera, every phone, all the music that you own won't change the fact you're all alone"

Just sitting here feeling called out by a song while eating cake...

BLONDIE - Picture This
Album: Parallel Lines [1978]

"All I want is a photo in my wallet, a small remembrance of something more solid, all I want is a picture of you."

If you watch the video How Debbie Harry Owned Her Sexuality, producer Mike Chapman says "When Debbie showed me the lyrics, I thought, "Woah." This was something she'd obviously lived through. She was singing about an event in her life. I guess she was watching Chris [Stein] shower! I wouldn't have wanted to watch Chris shower, but obviously Debbie enjoyed it!

DAVID BOWIE  - Everyone Says Hi
Album: Heathen [2002]

"Should've took a picture, something I could keep. Buy a little frame, something cheap."

A song about wondering how an old acquaintance is and wishing they had a picture to remember them by. The song was written for his late father Haywood Stenton Jones. David explains "When my father died in 1969, I couldn’t actually believe that he was not going to come back again. I kind of thought that he’d just put his raincoat and his cap on, and that he’d be back in a few weeks or something. And I felt like that for years. It really took a long time for me to be able to take in the fact that I wouldn’t see him again. So this one was just a little simplistic reference to that, about how it always feels like somebody has gone on a holiday of some kind. And there’s something sad about ships as well. That’s why this person in this song doesn’t go on a plane. A ship took them away – I guess that’s the boat that took people over the river Styx, isn’t it?"

DEF LEPARD - Photograph
Album: Pyromania [1983]

"I see your face ever time I read, on every page, every magazine"

Lead singer Joe Elliott wrote this song about his big ol' crush on Marilyn Monroe.

LITTLE STEVEN - UNDEFEATED (Everybody Goes Home)
Album: Voice Of America [1983]

"I got your picture close to me, I touch it when I'm scared at night. I want your picture to be the last thing I ever see in my life."

MADNESS - I Am Michael Caine
Album: Keep Moving [1984]

"And all I wanted was a word or photograph to keep at home and all I wanted was a word or photograph to keep."

Superficially you could listen to the chorus and assume it’s about wanting an autograph or photo with someone famous you met on the street but the song is much deeper. The song is about an informer during The Troubles – an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland that lasted about 30 years – and uses the film The Ipcress File, starring Michael Caine, as inspiration for the video clip. Michael Caine initially declined to be part of the song but eventually recorded his line “My name is Michael Caine’ that features frequently in the song.

INCUBUS - Monuments and Melodies
Album: Monuments and Melodies [2009]

"You make me happy, you magnify my better half. You make me certain, though all I have today is your photograph."

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS - Birdhouse In Your Soul
Album: Flood [1990]

"There's a picture opposite me, of my primitive ancestory, which stood on rocky shores and kept the beaches shipwreck free. Though I respect that a lot, I'd be fired if that were my job."

This was one of those bands I discovered while in art school. Something happened when I turned 18, suddenly everything I owned was black and I loved anything peculiar that made no sense at all like David Lynch and peculiar 100% describes this song about a NIGHTLIGHT and the line above? He's singing about a photo of a Lighthouse.

GOLDFINGER - Pictures
Album: Goldfinger [1996]

u're not there." "So here I am and you're not. Here I am alone. All I want is a picture for me to look at and all I need, for me to look at you when yo

RICHARD MARX - Angelia
Album: Repeat Offender [1989]

"Tried to be what you wanted, I gave you all I had. You left me with nothing, nothing but a photograph."

PVRIS - White Noise
Album: White Noise [2014]

"Day by day, I'm slowly replaced in your picture frames. A brand new face on your pillowcase."

BLINK 182- The Rock Show
Album: Take Off Your Pants And Jacket [2001]

"Black and white picture of her on my wall, I waited for her call, she always kept me waiting."

This was around the time I decided Blink 182 went emo thanks to everyone's fav song Stay Together For The Kids and I couldn't deal and I don't think I've listened to a song of their since. On this album though I did like this one, First Date and Happy Holidays, You Bastard is a December playlist must have.

OUTKAST - Hey Ya
Album: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below [2003]

"Shake it like a polaroid picture"

The phrase seems to have no real connection to the song itself, which is about relationships but I can't even look at a polaroid now without this playing in my head. For anyone who has used an old polaroid camera before, shaking the photo helps spread the dye out to develop the picture. I even do it with insta photos out of habit and they don’t even need you to shake them. The video clip is iconic though with 8 Andre 3000’s performing to a lot of screaming girls. Either way, if I see a polaroid I instantly hear this song in my head.

THE CURE - Pictures Of You
Album: Disintegration [1990]

"I've been looking so long at these pictures of you that I almost believe that they're real"

According to interviews Robert Smith came up with this song after a fire broke loose in his home and when going through the remains he found his wallet with a photograph of his wife inside.

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE - I'm Not Okay (I promise)
Album: Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge [2004]

"Forget about the dirty looks, the photographs your boyfriend took, you said you read me like a book but the pages are all torn and frayed"

Honestly, if you haven't heard this song I'm just going to assume you're lying or just landed on Earth.

J GEILS BAND - Centrefold
Album: Freeze Frame [1981]

"Years go by I'm lookin' through a girly magazine and there's my homeroom angel on the pages in-between"

These days you'd think a pop-punk had written a song about finding their high school crush inside a copy of Playboy. The 80's were a time.

LADY GAGA - Paparazzi
Album: The Fame [2008]

"I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me, papa-paparazzi"

Lady Gaga describes the song as “It’s also about wooing the paparazzi to fall in love with me. It’s about the media whoring, if you will, watching ersatzes make fools of themselves to their station. It’s a love song for the cameras, but it’s also a love song about fame or love–can you have both, or can you only have one?

THE VAPORS - Turning Japanese
Album: New Clear Days [1980]

"I've got your picture of me and you. You wrote I love you, I love you too. I sit and stare at it, there's nothing else to do."

I miss the 80's. The music was so good! I actually have this song on vinyl somewhere but most of my vinyl collection is from the 80's so probably no real shock. The song is fairly self explanatory, he misses his girl and stares at photographs of her all day long. So much so he'd even look at x-rays. Weird flex, but ok. But for real, I have an x-ray of my breast on my phone for the next time some douchebag asks me for a nude, so who knows, it may get guys off. Songwriter David Fenton describes the song as "Turning Japanese is all the clichés about angst and youth and turning into something you didn't expect to."

30 SECONDS TO MARS - Was It A Dream?
Album: A Beautiful Lie [2005]

"Was it a dream? Is this the only evidence that proves it, a photograph of you and I?"

This is in the 'right in the feels' basket. I guess part of the joy of songs, much like art, is it can mean different things to different people. Studying Fine Arts was an eye opener to this - a drawing I did for class which meant literally nothing but my lecturer was seeing all this meaning behind it. We all interpret things differently. I see this song as being estranged from someone you once felt close too and the only evidence that something ever existed between you both is a photograph.

DEPECHE MODE - Photographic
Album: Speak & Spell [1981]

"I take pictures, photographic pictures, bright light, dark room."

DURAN DURAN - Girls On Film
Album: Duran Duran [1981]

It's actually funny reading the history of this song's video clip compared to the videos we see today. Girls On Film is about the exploitation of fashion models and the clip features girls in various outfits and nothing too outrageous but back in 1981 MTV refused to air the clip unless they removed the nudity and it was banned on BBC. Fast forward 40 years and now we have WAP but we haven't quite free'd the nipple yet. Click here for the uncensored clip

REM - Photograph (Featuring Natalie Merchant)
Album: Automatic For The People 25th Anniversary Edition

"I found this photograph underneath the broken picture glass, tender face of black and white. Beautiful, a haunting sight."

This song makes me think of urban exploring, if you look at photographs people take of abandoned homes it's always fascinating to see what people leave behind, including photographs. There's a lot of sellers that sell old photographs too. People collect them. I found some on sale a few years ago at the 3in1 markets and bought one I could use as a restoration sample.

This almost wasn’t a song. Michael Stipe had given up halfway through writing it when the band was invited to be part of the charity event Born To Choose and Buck suggested they give the song to someone they know to finish the song. That person was Natalie Merchant (former singer of 10,000 Maniacs) and they basically had the song finished and recorded in a day.

FILTER - Take A Picture
Album: Title Of Record [1999]

"Could you wanna take my picture? 'Cause I won't remember."

That line sits with me for a couple of reasons: firstly because so many see a camera and see it as an annoyance but photos help us remember times in life we might forget, but on the other hand they can be a reminder of how much you've blocked out from your life. For Filter singer Richard Patrick it's about being so intoxicated you don't remember a single thing you did the night before. He wouldn't have this problem anymore thanks to smartphone culture where even our lunch gets photographed. 

NINA HAGEN - Du Hast Den Farbilm Vergessen (You Forgot The Colour Film)
Single released: 1974

"You've forgotten the colour film, my michael! No one will believe us how beautiful is was here hahahahaha You've forgotten the colour film, by my soul! It's all blue and white and green but soon no longer true."

I discovered this song while compiling songs for this list and it cracks me up. The song is about Nina and her holiday with Michael. They've gone to some beautiful location and she's completely outraged that he didn't pack colour film. "Now I'm back at your and my home and choose the photos for our photo album, me in a bikini and me at the nudist beach, me in a flirty mini and there's landscape too but how gruesome, the tears are rolling hotly, landscape and Nina and everything black and white!" Pretty sure he's going to need a good divorce lawyer.

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Music Opinion Piece https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2021/8/world-photography-day-songs-about-photography Thu, 19 Aug 2021 20:33:28 GMT
Album Review: Bodies https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2021/6/album-review-bodies

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I thought I'd do something different here and talk about AFI's new album (I've talked about movies here, may as well talk about music!) because I love AFI but also it's another shameless excuse to share photos. I peaked in 2017 and I'm milking it. I had planned to post this last Friday when it came out but I wanted to reference a video and then couldn't find it. So now it's late and nobody cares but I'm posting it anyway!

BODIES - released June 11th 2021
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For me, the joy of AFI is that each album has it’s own vibe. There’s an album for every mood. If I need a dose of punk rock I can blast Answer That And Stay Fashionable, if I need something moodier there’s Decemberunderground and if I’m in one of my anti-people moods there’s always Burials because nothing makes me happier than blasting 'I Hope You Suffer'. Their new offering Bodies is no exception, it’s AFI if AFI were teleported to the New Wave era. 

'Twisted Tongues' was the first single released and there’s some chaotic drumming going on. It was all I noticed the first few times I listened to it until a friend pointed out it reminded them of Adam and the Ants and I couldn’t believe I missed it. Adam Ant was my first musician crush at the ripe old age of 6. I’m going to take it once step further…Adam Ant even had a rats tail. Are we sure Davey didn’t spend lockdown just listening to old records? A video I saw around the time of the single release showed Adam Carson drumming during soundcheck then turning to whoever was holding the camera to say he was too old to play the fast songs now, he was wiped. How on earth is he going to manage playing this live?! Maybe it's a good thing the world is in a pandemic. I lol'd.

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The 80’s sounds continue with hints of Depeche Mode in ‘Back From The Flesh’ and ‘Dulceria' gives me huge Duran Duran vibes with the deep bass lines, but once that chorus kicks in there’s just no missing it, Davey has channeled Simon Le Bon. You could probably be here all day listing bands these songs remind you of. The Cure is another one but what self-respecting adult doesn't listen to The Cure on a regular basis?

'Tied To A Tree' just gives me deja vu. It's quite sombre but I feel like I've heard something like it before. I couldn't pinpoint it and talked to my only AFI obsessed friend about it. I was thinking Decemberunderground but she was thinking it sounded more like their Black Sails era. Now I'm just convinced there's some Nine Inch Nails influence going on.

The one song that stands out is 'Escape From Los Angeles'. It’s such a completely different sound to anything I’ve heard from AFI before. I know they started out punk but this is more pop-punk compared to their original style. It doesn’t even sound like Davey singing. It’s not a bad thing though, it’s definitely the song that makes you want to get up and dance around the house.

The one thing with this album is there's absolutely no flow to it or to quote Davey quoting Adam "Man it's weird". This is definitely not an album I would play start to finish. This album can be best summed up as a mixtape (have to get in one final 80's reference!), a love letter to the 80's.

 

 

FAVOURITE SONGS: Far Too Near / Looking Tragic
LEAST FAVOURITE SONGS: On Your Back

 

 

Listen to the album on Spotify now!

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Music Review https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2021/6/album-review-bodies Fri, 18 Jun 2021 18:16:56 GMT
The Self-Iso Diaries: Freddy Gets A Makeover https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2021/3/the-covid-diaries-freddy-gets-a-makeover I don't know about anyone else, but when Covid hit last year I went into full self isolate mode and started randomly putting paint on things out of boredom. I painted the wall next to my doorway blue just because I could. Honestly I need this to just be my life because while I'm quite happy to never leave the house again or ever speak to another human for as long as I live, I'm back to no motivation to pick up a pencil. For whatever reason I never shared the few projects I got up to last year so decided I'm going to randomly share them on here starting with Freddy. 

 

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I bought this about 10 years ago at Gone Bazaar. Pretty sure I paid around $15 for it and no shock, it didn't work. The packaging wasn't even clear on what it was he was meant to do but I gathered it was meant to be noise related. According to the internet - where he sells from $16-$40 - his eyes are meant to light up and there are sounds. No clarification on what the sounds are, just sounds. Super informative.

Either way, he didn't do anything. I never bothered taking it back to the shop because I figured this is probably one of those 'you get what you paid for' moments. It didn't even have a good paint job. It really looks like crap for what online stores are charging for him. So you're probably wondering why I bought something I thought looked like crap? It looks like Freddy and I needed it. 

So last year I decided I'd try paint pouring him. I couldn't possibly make him look worse and you can only paint so many canvases before getting bored. I don't know how people do it professionally. Prep isn't that involved and 30 seconds later you've got a painting. I spend more time trying to wash the paint off me than anything else.

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STEP 1

Straight up you can see just how bad it's original paint work is and the saddest part of it all is that somebody is paid to do this. I can't get a job interview to hand sandwiches across a counter, but someone out there in the world is being paid to deliver this kind of quality.  My self-esteem is fine. Really. 

I spent about half the day trying to find my screwdriver because putting it in my toolbox is too much like hard work. I need to make my life as difficult as possible at all times. I can guarantee that right now, it's nowhere logical. Why does everything that uses batteries even need to be screwed into place anyway? Who out there is licking batteries?

Eventually he's open and I can see inside his head. Unlike Freddy's Dead, there wasn't a lot going on inside his skull. A couple loose wires attached to his eyeballs that were linked to a tiny chipboard thing.

The wiring inside I just cut out and then I spent about an hour trying to pop his eyes out.

 

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STEP 2

 

Paint Pouring time. I used Global Colour High Flow Acrylic paints in 'Dawn' and 'Metallic Fuschia'. It's that or I used 'Naphthol Red'. They're the only red/pinks I have. The first attempt I guess I made it a bit too runny because you could still see quite a bit of yellow so I waited for it to dry and gave it a 2nd coat. That one worked much better, you could still see some yellow but it didn't bother me. Freddy is meant to look like a pizza so a bit of "skin" showing wasn't all bad. The paint pour I thought looked cool, really gives that "melted" look. 

STEP 3

 

He needed a bit more definition so I filled in the scar marks with Art Culture acrylic paint in 'Cool Red'. The final step was to clean up his teeth (I used old house paint to paint them an off-white) and pop his eyes back in. 

 

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

 

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So Freddy is still completely useless but at least he looks cool while collecting dust now.

 

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Art Painting https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2021/3/the-covid-diaries-freddy-gets-a-makeover Sun, 28 Mar 2021 18:04:35 GMT
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At the time I did the shoot I only needed one photo for TAFE and I don't really remember sharing many online. One was published in Alternative Revolution magazine #21 so it was cool to give the photos a new edit anyway while staying faithful to the main photo. It was also a good exercise in remembering that an interesting photo doesn't need to be 100% focussed. 

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Crow stock photos are by Frank and Cary Stock / FairieGoodMother

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Horror Portrait Witch https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/11/witch2016 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:06:18 GMT
Amor Cucurbita https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/10/amor-cucurbita Halloween-5 fill lightHalloween-5 fill light Halloween-73Halloween-73 Halloween-84Halloween-84 Bec recommended taking some photos at the blue boat shed which was just down the road, it's the most over photographed landmark in Perth (is it REALLY a landmark? Is Perth that dull this is a landmark?) and I think every wedding in Perth has had photos taken there. I've managed to never photograph that place so I joked I'll be a real professional photographer now. So we go to the blue boat shed and at first we think there's a photoshoot happening so figure that's fine I can wait my turn. We get closer and realise it's just two girls with an iPhone. 5000 selfies later they left. It was so windy at this spot the light was hard to manage - not that I had to because I asked Kelly to hold it - but it wasn't working out anyway. Every photo my pumpkin couple were really dark. At first I thought it wasn't firing but even when it did it wasn't helping. Not sure why. This is why I'm not a master of Fill Flash. I got some better photos without it. I don't like sunlight. It's evil. That said I want to try a beach shoot with it just as soon as I'm ready to burst into flames. 

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"Amor Cucurbita"

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Halloween Horror Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/10/amor-cucurbita Fri, 30 Oct 2020 14:55:41 GMT
Bathory https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/10/bathory THE BEFORE SHOT
I shot this video just as Kelly lay down in the water because I knew I wouldn't remember once I was taking actual photos, you also get to hear her complaining about the cold while the rest of us laughed.

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THE PHOTOS

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I wanted another excuse to muck around with double exposures

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LINKS!

Penny Purr - Facebook / instagram / Spotify

Kylie (makeup) - Instagram / Tiktok - kylielou82

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Horror Music Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/10/bathory Thu, 15 Oct 2020 04:59:31 GMT
Seeing Double #2 https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/10/seeing-double-2 OHM RUNE

These shots from last night surprise me because I made a metal band look festive. This gives me christmas light vibes and I'm digging it!

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This shot I put on Facebook straight away because it made me laugh. Who needs a watermark when you can just insert LED lights into people's faces?

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Music https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/10/seeing-double-2 Sat, 03 Oct 2020 14:17:27 GMT
Seeing Double https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/9/seeing-double Breaking Punk page on Facebook. 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Health Music Scheuermann's Disease https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/9/seeing-double Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:26:37 GMT
Who owns copyright of an image? https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/8/who-owns-copyright-of-an-image Desert Highways (record label in Melbourne) and Wall Of Sound. Thanks to them I got to photograph some of my fav bands but with working for publications comes certain copyright laws.

If you work for a newspaper/magazine/publication then photos taken before 1st May 1969 are owned by the publisher. Photos taken between 1st May 1969 - 30th July 1998 the publishers own the rights for newspaper and magazine publication and the photographer owns all other rights including the right to publish photos on the internet or in a book. From 30th July 1998 the laws changed again so photographers have the right to photocopy photo or include them in books and publishers own all other rights to the image. If you're a Freelance photographer though these rules don't apply. Freelance photographers fall under the general rule of "the person who took the photo owns copyright". HOWEVER - to make it more complicated, when you start photographing the big touring acts they have contracts with the can and can-not list but they all say THEY own the copyright of our images. I'm not even sure if this is even really legal but given how over-saturated music photography actually is thanks to digital photography and there being so many music news outlets on the internet, good luck to anyone monitoring photo usage. A good example here was the AFI photography contract. It stated we could only shoot the band on stage and no crowd photos. That seemed really strange to me because AFI are all about their fans. I followed the guidelines though, did my 3 songs in the pit then stood by the side because that's the 2nd best seat in the house. Another photographer shot from the back of the room and got some cool shots with the crowd and band - which AFI later shared on instagram. I actually wonder if bands even know what contracts are going out in their name. 

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aka you hired a photographer to take some family photos, maybe some pet photos, maybe your wedding. If it's domestic in nature it goes here. 

Up until July 30th 1998 the general rule was the person who hired the photographer was the copyright owner of the photos taken unless agreed otherwise. After this date the rules changed depending on the purpose of the photos: if it's just for domestic purposes (family photos) the client owns the copyright of the photos, if the photos being taken are for commercial purposes then the photographer is the first owner of copyright. In these instances though it all depends on what has been agreed upon at the time of organising the photo session. Many photographers use contracts which states they own copyright of the images no matter if it's a commercial shoot, family portraits or a wedding. This allows a photographer to then use photographs on their websites, photography competitions or in their advertising.

Being the copyright owner means you have the right to reproduce a photo, make copies, publish it, put it on a website. While working at Camera House though, this became a huge problem whenever those kiddy photography companies had been through with their free photoshoots offers. Parents would come in with their token print and want us to scan and print copies. So if I wasn't already knowledgeable about copyright thanks to TAFE, I definitely would have after working there because I had to give them the copyright law talk every other month. Companies like this either make you sign something or the back of the photo states it's a professional image. Buying a print doesn't give you ownership of an image. If we were to scan and print the photo, the store would have copped a hefty fine and it can include jail time. It was always super fun dealing with hostile parents after telling them this. I'm not doing jail time just because you don't want to buy a 2nd print or didn't read the fine print. 

Lastly..all those arty TFP photo shoots I do: I own the photos. I like to feel there's a mutual understanding among us though (because I got lazy with contracts) that everyone is free to share photos online but we all credit each other but don't go getting it published somewhere without everyone's permission. This is also why I work with the same 3 models. 

Owners of copyright have the exclusive rights of reproducing their work, posting it online, making photo books and they can sell their images. Copyright owners can assign (sell) or licence (permit others to use) their rights with or without limitations for a fee. An example for limitations: a client emails me wanting to use one of my photos commercially. I can give them a one-year licence of use for $500. Once that year is up they have to stop using the image or renew the licence. They don't own the image, I'm just giving them rights to use it. 

Moral Rights

Creators of copyright works (photographers, artists, writers, musicians, film makers..) have moral rights in relation to their work. These are separate from copyright. Moral rights impose certain obligations on people who use a copyrighted work. As a photographer I have the right to:

  1. Be attributed as creator of my photos/art
  2. Take action if my work is falsely attributed
  3. Take action if my work is distorted or treated in a way that is prejudicial to my honour or reputation

In other words: CREDIT THE FUCKING PHOTOGRAPHER! I can't tell you how many times I've seen a band share a photo I've taken and they can't manage giving credit but they will slap some shitty filter over it as if I didn't just spend a couple hours editing these photos. It's mostly local bands too. I'm not even going to sugar coat this: If bigger bands like Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, The Dandy Warhols, Il Nino and AFI know how to add a photo credit then so can you. Just to make a point..Davey Havok wasn't even an instagram genius when he posted this back in 2017, he had to do it twice, but he posted the photo with my watermark still showing, credited me in the caption AND tagged me. The trifecta! Screen Shot 2020-08-09 at 1.22.20 amScreen Shot 2020-08-09 at 1.22.20 am
I've shot bands while in Sydney and Melbourne and they all gave credit when sharing photos. It's just not that hard to add a tag to a photo. If they wanted to use a photo somewhere they'd write to me and ask first. Some even asked me how much would it cost to buy a high-res file whether it be for skateboards, CD covers or because it might be used commercially. Up until this year I had a 'social media download' option on my website so bands could download files for social media use. Asking for a $1 was apparently highway robbery. I think about 3-4 people used the option over 2 years and to those people I'm thankful. One guy DM'd me one night to ask if he could use a photo I'd taken as his facebook profile picture and how he screenshot my website. The balls on some of these guys are huge. By comparison I've had bands down south and in Adelaide pay up to $100 for a high-res photo and none of them complained about the price either. 

Another fun fact about copyright: A persons likeness is not protected by copyright. 

I lived with a musician who was also a law student and that alone I thought would make them smarter but I was so wrong. He 100% believed that if a photo was of him then he could do whatever he wanted to do with it. I told him he was wrong but he wouldn't hear about it - right up until he finally had the copyright class at Uni and he came home and told me I was right. Well duh. This is common though. The Creptter Children used one of my photographs on a tshirt without asking permission with the belief 'its my face I can do whatever'. I had a few people tell me "you better be getting royalties" and being the first time I was in this situation I didn't even think of it. I had only been back into shooting bands a year at that point (there was a break between 2001-2009 where I didn't photograph anything) and didn't care too much because I didn't think they would actually sell any...at least not at that price.

Screen Shot 2020-08-08 at 8.19.04 pmScreen Shot 2020-08-08 at 8.19.04 pm Back in 2014, one of my photos was used on bootleg merchandise in Bali as well. You hear of cases like this a lot with really well known photographers and unless you know who made it or where it's sold you can't do much about it. But local band Medicine (now known as The Light The Dark) were on tour and found bootleg merch AT THEIR SHOW! Lee who was bassist at the time uploaded this photo and I recognised my photo instantly. It was taken at the Rocket Room when Ebolagoldfish were in town. I actually regret not telling them to buy me one because whoever made these shirts ripped my photo off of Facebook so the quality must have been awful. Back then I was posting really small photos! Like 500 pixels high. You can't even print a photo off Facebook at the photo lab - it will be super pixellated. I know this from my Camera House days because this one woman would come in regularly printing out memes. Yes, memes. 

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The photo was about this size on facebook..so not that big.

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The case that prompted this blog also falls under Moral Rights. I got bored and looked up #PerthMusic on instagram one night. As I was scrolling I stopped when I saw my photo from one of the Breaking Punk shows I've covered, used in an artwork promoting a radio station. I messaged Leigh about it and neither of us had been contacted about using the image. 

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Photo taken during the Breaking Punk "Millencolin" night, 2018

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There's no mistaking whose photo it is here.

Their instagram post credited the guy who made the collage and that was it so I left a comment (and I'm paraphrasing) telling them perhaps they can tell him to seek permission before using other people's work as it's image theft. A week later I checked back and they deleted the comment. No reply or message. Just ignored it. That pissed me off. So I submitted an Intellectual property report to instagram and sent them a message. 

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IMG_2964IMG_2964 This went back and forth while they insisted they were allowed to use my photo without permission because of "Fair Use" while I argued they've ripped off a local event's photo (and my photo) for commercial purposes - this is advertising plain and simple. Fair Use doesn't exist in Australia. That's an American term. We have Fair Dealing and they are not the same thing. I'll discuss that a bit further down. They later claimed they got the photo from the artists socials (whereas they started out saying they were sent it) and the photo has not featured on Nervous Now or Mitch's instagram accounts. The photo is on my instagram, my Facebook page and on the Breaking Punk Facebook page. I have a pretty short fuse and being lied too isn't going to help the situation. Eventually the photo was removed but they still argued they had every right to do this to my photo and that they'll never use my photos again. That's literally not a problem for me. 

So I wrote to the Copyright Council's legal team.

I sent them an email of what happened and copies of my photograph and the image it was used in. I knew my photography copyright laws already but read up on Fair Dealing and just wanted them to clarify it all to me so if I was allegedly wrong they could tell me so I know for future reference. The short version is I was right. 

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So what is Fair Dealing?

This is also a pretty simple. The Copyright Act has set defences or exemptions to infringement which allow some uses of copyright material without permission. There is no general exception for using copyright material simply because you think it's fair or because you are not making a profit. The Copyright Act allows copyright material to be used without permission only if your use is fair dealing for one of the following purposes:

  • research or study
  • criticism or review
  • parody or satire
  • reporting news
  • enabling a person with a disability to access the material
  • professional advice by a lawyer, patent attorney or trade mark attorney

Fair Dealing is use of the material in a way that is reserved for the copyright owner BUT there are limitations. Fairness is objective. For instance you can photocopy parts of a book (I think it's about 30% max) for study or research but you can't photocopy the entire book because you can just go buy it. Another factor is if copyrighted material has been used for commercial purposes and if the copyright owner is out of pocket from the use - eg where a person copies a work that is available for sale. I sell prints to bands/fans and digital files of my music photography to bands directly. This is how music photographers make any money. I've been doing so for about 5 years now but also both the Breaking Punk page and my instagram post where the image is located clearly states "Prints available". The fact that the person using the material is not making a profit does not make it fair.

Examples of Fair Dealing
My work has been used in both newspapers and on Channel 7 news so I'm no stranger to how Fair Dealing works. In 2014, Channel 7 used one of my photos (and photos by others) on a news story about a local musician who was king hit and in a coma. My watermark had been removed but I didn't particularly care, this wasn't a time to cry about copyright infringement when the guy I knew was in critical condition. The photo wasn't used for any commercial purposes, the photos were used to show what kind of character this man was to the viewer to emphasise their story. 

Below are two examples where I've been credited as photographer and both are also used to report news: Beerfridge had an article below the photo (I cropped it just to make a point and so you could see my name) and the Scalphunter clipping is part of a gig guide. The reporter even emailed me to seek permission to use the Scalphunter photo before putting it online. Neither photo has been edited in any way.

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So in summary...

  1. Whoever created the work is the copyright owner.
  2. Just because you found a photo online doesn't mean it's free for use. There's literally sites filled with free photos you can download. Use one of them. Pexels.com is amazing.
  3. Buying a print doesn't give you rights to the image. 
  4. Uploading a photo to a website or blog does not mean you lose copyright protection. Social media has it's own sets of rules but that doesn't give the users any rights, only the organisation themselves and even then, have you seen Facebook use any of your friends photos? I doubt it. 
  5. Did you make the photo? If the answer is yes then carry on and have a nice day. If the answer is no, don't use it. Ask the author first and if you don't know who that is Google Image Reverse can help you 99% of the time. Still don't know who the author is? DON'T USE IT. 
  6. You are OBLIGATED to credit the photographer as well as ask permission before use.
     

 

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Copyright Music Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/8/who-owns-copyright-of-an-image Sat, 08 Aug 2020 22:09:08 GMT
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And that's it. What do you think? Feel free to leave some comments below! 

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Olivia Simpson - instagram / facebook
Mickey Montella - instagram / facebook
Claire Lara - instagram

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Fashion Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/7/killstar Mon, 13 Jul 2020 18:23:18 GMT
Hello From The Outside https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/7/hello-from-the-outside UrbexJuly (48 of 70)UrbexJuly (48 of 70) Even covered in graffiti the windows just look like cool art pieces.

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Did you even explore if you didn't take an obligatory unflattering mirror selfie?

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Block 2

The 2nd building someone has gone to the trouble of painting one wall in black and silver. Like that's A LOT of paint! The building itself was all locked up and most of the windows were boarded up. Only one unit was accessible to walk through and the interior was more minimalist compared to the block opposite. One window was open so we could see inside and that was about it. We walked around and they were just very empty units. UrbexJuly (32 of 70)UrbexJuly (32 of 70)

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There were a couple more abandoned buildings near by but being next to a main road with so much traffic we didn't want to risk entering. Shame because they looked like they would have been better to explore. By the time we left there my back was starting to hurt a bit from carrying my backpack, I forgot how heavy it gets. We decided to go visit the Fremantle Prison.

Fremantle Prison

Last time (actually probably the only time) I went on a tour of this place was easily 20 years ago, definitely late 90's, and other than that I went there once in 2006 for some descendants thing. We have a convict in the family. Depending on reports he was either sent here for stealing bread or arson. 

We booked two tours but during the first one I started going downhill fast with my back and knew there was no way I could do the 2nd tour. I packed my camera away during the first tour because I just couldn't hold it anymore. I was struggling just with my bag and leaning on everything while trying to be subtle that my body is an absolute failure. I was having that much of a hard time I left the bag in my friends car and told her I'll get it on the weekend. It's been 8 hours since I was there and my back still hurts. Never take your spine for granted!

The tour was enlightening though. I didn't remember anything from the first tour other than it being at night and not seeing any ghosts. But finding out how few showers prisoners were allowed and that they were still using buckets as toilets until it closed is nasty. One prisoners' cell had the most amazing paintings on the walls. I didn't get a decent photo though, by then I was over it. you'll just have to take my word on it. I could have photographed the walls for days though. I love textured walls! 

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If you want to find out more about Fremantle Prison check out their website https://fremantleprison.com.au/

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Scheuermann's Disease Urban Exploring Urbex https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/7/hello-from-the-outside Thu, 09 Jul 2020 16:14:06 GMT
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14. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood [2019]
Director/Writer
Another unpopular opinion but I thought this was boring. The best scene was right at the end which was the first I felt like I was finally watching a Tarantino flick. I didn't find the storyline all that interesting, didn't really give a shit about the characters, zoned out regularly and I didn't understand the point of using the Charles Manson storyline just to fuck it up. Honestly, I bitch about American Horror Story for the same reason. If you want to use a serial killer then fine, but don't glamourise him or create a storyline that didn't exist. 

13. Inglourious Basterds [2009]
Director/Writer
I hate war movies for the most part but I liked that this is more of a revenge film. This one has an interesting enough storyline and characters but I really have to be in the mood to sit through it. Also, Eli Roth (Tarantino made him a household name among horror fans when he produced Roth's first film Hostel) is as creepy as his movies. Honestly there's just something about him where I'd cross the street if I saw him coming. 

12. Natural Born Killers [1994]
Writer
Tarantino isn't credited for this one because of how much Oliver Stone and co changed the story. He totally dismisses the film and fair enough. The film itself is a trip and my favourite part of the film is Robert Downey Jnr's awful attempt at an Australian accent. That said, still better than John Lithgow's idea of an Australian accent in Pitch Perfect 3. That man should never be allowed in the country for that abomination. I'd love to know what Tarantino's version of a serial killing couple were like though. It's a shame we'll never know.

11. Destiny Turns On The Radio [1995]
Actor
This is one of those movies that doesn't have much of a plot but it's crazy enough to keep you entertained. Tarantino has a small part as Johnny Destiny and he randomly pops up here and there throughout the film. It's set in Vegas and centres around Julian who just escaped jail, his ex girlfriend is a cabaret singer who is somehow recently pregnant with his baby despite living with another man this whole time and an empty motel pool that's a portal to god knows where. I can't even explain why I like this movie, probably just because it's not your average rom com. It's a bit like a dodgy soap opera, like that one with that little guy who died. You know the one. 

10. Curdled [1996]
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This is a rare gem that's impossible to find these days. If you're lucky you might find it online on some random website. The film is about a young immigrant woman with an obsession of violent crimes. Don't we all? She also keeps a scrapbook of true crime clippings. Also maybe a little bit relatable. So what does a girl with an obsession for violent crime do as a job? Clean crime scenes of course! Which keeps her busy since there's a serial killer around at the moment. It's 100% quirky good fun. This film has a clip on a crime tv show featuring the Gecko Bros from From Dusk Til Dawn.

9. The H8tful Eight [2015]
Director/Writer
Many called this the Western version of Reservoir Dogs. Maybe it is but is that a bad thing? Similar premise, bunch of randoms in a cabin waiting for a storm to pass. Lots of talking. Some shooting. People die. Another awful Australian accent, this time provided by Tarantino but he gets what he deserves. Ok It's Reservoir Dogs with Samuel L Jackson. 

8. Django Unchained [2012]
Director/Writer/Actor
Dr Shultz, a German bounty hunter, frees a slave to help him track some bounties and in exchange he helps him find his wife who was sold off. Samuel L Jackson is a scene stealer as Stephen the house servant.
Movie connections: Shultz is rumoured to be linked to the grave of Paula Shultz in the Kill Bill movies, we'll never know for sure but it's a safe bet. It's not exactly a common surname!

7. True Romance [1993]
Writer
This was probably the last movie Christian Slater made where he was still desirable to women everywhere. In the quickest romance ever, boy meets girl at a cinema one night, they go eat pie, they sleep together, girl tells boy she's a hooker hired by his boss for his birthday which he takes incredibly well and the next morning they're Mr and Mrs! You can't even get a guy to go on a date these days, romance sure has changed since the 90's! 

6. Grindhouse: Death Proof / Planet Terror [2007]
Director/Writer/Actor/Producer
I was so excited when this was coming out, especially knowing he'd teamed up with Robert Rodriguez again, then was completely gutted that because American's didn't know it was a double feature and were walking out after the first film, so we didn't even get it. There were a couple screenings of Death Proof at one cinema and that was it. We had to wait for DVD. Damn shame because these are some cool movies and I loved the way they connected despite being quite different in theme/genre. Death Proof is probably in my Top 3 Kurt Russell performances and also the ultimate "Girl Power" movie. Stuntman Mike is like that creepy guy that superlikes you on Tinder. He's middle aged, not ugly but not attractive, he's somewhat self entitled but also hates females and likes murdering them in gruesome fashion with his stunt car. It has serious 70's vibes with the music and fashion and the death scenes are brutal. In Planet Terror where everyone is becoming infected with a virus and turning into zombies, Tarantino plays Rapist #1. Thankfully no rape takes place because what happens to him is the grossest fucking scene ever. If anything I'd call that karma. 

5. Four Rooms [1995]
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This is the best collaboration film ever! 4 directors teamed up to write and direct their own segments. The film also has an amazing cast with Tim Roth, Antonio Banderas, Madonna and Bruce Willis. The film centres around a new hotel employee (Tim Roth) and the hotel guests he has to deal with on New Years Eve. There's witches, deranged married couples and god awful children. Then you have the penthouse which is where Quentin is. Yes, he also acts in his segment too. Of course. Duh!

4. Kill Bill Vol 1/Vol 2 [2003-2004]
Director/Writer
I have fond memories of when I saw this at the cinema. I went with my mum but we got to the cinema a bit late so as we're walking into the room it's completely dark because the film had just started. So there I was with a coke in one hand, some form of a munchie in the other, watching the screen as I walked and next thing I'm yelling out in pain because I tried to sit on the plastic cup holder. I had a huge black bruise on my thigh by the end of the film. How often can you say you scored a bruise from an action film?

I'm lumping these two films together because I can. Both films have different vibes but you can't have one without the other. The first film is more of an action film with a killer opening fight scene and the entire scene with the Crazy 88's is insane. I love the subtle connection with other Tarantino films as well with Sheriff Earl McGraw making an appearance (he first appeared in From Dusk Til Dawn and later in the Grindhouse films) during the flashbacks of the wedding rehearsal massacre. This film came with a great set of action figures by McFarlane Toys including a Quentin Tarantino Crazy 88 figure which came with a squirty thing of fake blood. Back in the days when horror toys were cool didn't cost $50+

3. From Dusk Til Dawn 1996
Writer
Honestly I wish Tarantino would make another horror movie because this film is badass. It has vampires, the Titty Twister which looks like the coolest bar on earth and this was the movie when I realised why all the women in the world thought George Clooney was hot...I think it was the tattoos. That said, the scene with Salma Hayek has you questioning your own sexuality too. Props have to go to Robert Rodriguez though for making the film. A decent script can only go so far. I didn't like any of the film sequels though and the tv show they made I didn't get past episode 1 - why do we need the first five minutes of the film dragged out into an hour? YAWNFEST!

2. Pulp Fiction [1994]
Director/Writer/Actor
This was the movie that introduced me to Samuel L Jackson and ever since then I've taken great delight in hearing him say "motherfucker" in everything. Movie highlights including the infamous dance sequence with Mia and Vincent, "Say 'what' again. Say 'what' again, I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker, say what one more Goddamn time!" and Christopher Walken. Actually any scene with Samuel L Jackson is brilliant. The whole movie is just one thing after another leaving you wondering just how fucked up things can get.
Movie connections: Vincent Vega is Mr Blonde's brother. 

1. Reservoir Dogs [1992]
Director/Writer/Actor
There is so much talking in this movie that normally I'd zone out and be lost forever, but it works. Tarantino knows how to write a script that keeps you entertained. It's fast paced and interesting even if a little bit nuts at times (re that diner scene talking about "Like A Virgin") and even though scenes go back and forth between now and the past you're not getting lost in what's happening. It's impossible not be invested in the characters because they're actually interesting and not just a bunch of guys with similar bland personalities. Mr Orange is the undercover cop trying to win over everyone's trust, Mr White is the no nonsense crime veteran who actually seems to be a decent bloke, Mr Blonde is an absolute psychopath, Mr Pink was my introduction to Steve Buscemi and I was sort of on his side during the whole tipping argument, Mr Blue was forgettable because I don't actually remember him right now and Mr "that's a little too close to Mr. Shit" Brown was Tarantino. It's got a great soundtrack but "Stuck In The Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel will forever be known as the "ear song".

So now that you've made it this far, what would be your #1 Tarantino film? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Horror Lists Movies Music https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/3/tarantino-top-15 Thu, 26 Mar 2020 17:33:52 GMT
Netflix & kill and other ways to survive self isolation in 2020 https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/3/netflix-kill-and-other-ways-to-survive-self-isolation-in-2020 OPTION 1: AUTUMN CLEAN. 
Well it's not Spring but if we're lucky we'll be allowed to resume normal activities by Spring and who wants to stay home and clean then? Not me..I can't say I've been bored enough to do this yet but maybe in a couple weeks. Given how the shops are lacking cleaning supplies I can only assume most of you are already doing this. If you need to declutter I highly recommend watching one episode of Marie Kondo. You only need one, last year I watched one episode of Marie Kondo and next thing I had 4 large boxes and two bags of clothes ready for Good Sammy's. Don't feel the need to thank your clothing though. That's weird. I still look like a hoarder but I'm a hoarder surrounded by things that spark joy. Except my desk. My current goal is to find it because it's hiding. It's the first thing you see when I open my front door and it's just a mountain of half-done projects without a home or anywhere for me to complete them. It's an epic eye sore. Yesterday I scored a desk chair for $2 thanks to Facebook. I can't find my desk yet but I can now sit on a chair and spin for hours. Baby steps. 

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OPTION 2: READ A BOOK
The best part about reading, assuming you can concentrate long enough to do so, is that this activity doesn't require another human being at all. If you're like me and struggle to concentrate on reading you get the added joy of reading the same page (or chapter) at least 5 times before it finally sinks in. Those six months of self isolation will fly by but you may have only read one book!

Three books I couldn't put down though: Horns by Joe Hill, Stardust by Neil Gaiman and I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells. Fantastic reads that are better than the movies, but that said only I Am Not A Serial Killer is bloody terrible. The other two are at least watchable even if elements annoy me.

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If picture books are more your thing I understand. I've got a stash here I need to catch up on! I still haven't read the latest edition of The Umbrella Academy (I'm still salty over the show), I never read the Killjoys comic that came out and that's being rereleased, I think I only read one section of iZombie and I have Hack/Slash sitting here. My psychologist has told me I need structure in my week (because that's so easy with this condition when you don't know how you'll be on any given day or week). Think I'll tell her I'm setting aside an hour a day to reading comics. 

OPTION 3: "MAKE ART NOT KIDS"
A friend of mine posted this on instagram and I lol'd pretty hard! It also included a list of obvious things that aren't cancelled that we can still do. I'm not going to list them all because personally "singing: not cancelled" doesn't need to be encouraged in my neighbourhood. My neighbour sings in her backyard (to clarify her backyard is like 2x2 metres and right next to the fence which is only 2-3 metres from my front door) and sounds like a dying cat and I don't see why I should have to suffer. Just sing in the shower like a normal person.  bob-ross-memes-032bob-ross-memes-032

BUT ARTS. It doesn't matter if you lack artistic skill of any kind, none of us had any when we first started, but the good news is you've got a solid 6 months to get good at something. If crafts are more your thing Riot Art & Craft currently has a 50% off sale until April 1st and they have a lot of kits of all kinds of things that's sure to grab your interest. If you miss the sale no big deal, join their VIP club because there's always awesome sales happening!

For those who want to try sculpture here's an easy recipe for Play Dough.

1 cup of plain flour
1/2 cup of salt
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon of oil
2 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar
Food colouring of your choice
Few drops of disinfectant

Blend all of the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat 3-5 minutes until the mixture congeals.

That's it. You're welcome.

Myself, I have no idea where I'm going to begin because I have zero inspiration right now but I did tell a friend I may just paint my descent into madness. Watch this space. Like I'm only one week into No Concerts And Chill and I painted the entrance wall blue. 

OPTION 4: LISTEN TO SOME MUSIC
Just because you're stuck at home is no excuse to not find some new music to listen too on Spotify and it doesn't cost anything. My neighbours all own one CD, one neighbour likes to torture us regularly with Jamiroquai so I like to try and educate them with literally anything else. I just wish I could make mine sound as loud! There's a few good songs out this month though starting with German's sexiest man Dero Goi (from Oomph!) who has a new band called Die Kreatur with a song of the same name that came out in the last couple of days. I'm also hanging to hear the new album from The Birthday Massacre out on the 27th. While I'm here, because Eurovision isn't happening this year (not that I've ever watched it but this year I would have) I'm going to pretend Little Big won with their Eurovision submission 'UNO'

OPTION 5: NETFLIX AND KILL
I got rid of Netflix to try and save $10 a month as part of my "I need to save for Pain Management" scheme but with the stimulus package coming through I guess I could get it again. I mean, I leech my mate's STAN account but there's only so many hours I can watch The Golden Girls and I'm not ready to commit to another TV show just yet. I need some more options for movies. Tubitv and Amazon Prime are 99% garbage. Disney+ won't load shows, or will restart shows you're half way through watching or it buffers like it's 1997 so I'm not wasting money on them until they get their shit together. I haven't tried Apple TV yet. Another option is to watch all of your DVD's unless you're one of these weirdo's who doesn't own any. Awkward. You know how girls stand in front of their wardrobe saying they have nothing to wear? That's me with my DVD collection. I have a better horror collection than Blockbuster had and I can still struggle to find something to watch. Maybe I should watch something other than horror? LOL as if. But while talking about movies maybe I can suggest some great self isolation flicks to watch..

Top 15 Isolation Movies

15. The People Under The Stairs [1991]
This Wes Craven classic is about a family who are self isolated from the rest of the suburb. They don't really go out and nobody gets inside, short of breaking in which one kid does and the households secrets are quickly exposed. For those of you who've never done the isolation thing before this is your future. *insert picture of boys here*

14. April Fools Day [1986]
Muffy St John invites her college mates back to a little island to stay at her family home. Then people start disappearing. There's no cops and no way off the island.

13. Crimson Peak [2016]
You should know, I like Tom Hiddleston. I just like Tom's from England really. Not so much that Hardy guy but he was cool in Venom. This Tom makes a pretty blonde girl fall in love with him, marries her and lures her away to a decrepit mansion in the middle of nowhere with his sister. Speaking of, you should probably add The Woman In Black to your list too if you like Victorian era scary mansion movies.

12. The Cabin In The Woods [2012]
Out of all the cabin movies this is the one where everyone is REALLY stuck there with no escape. I could include Cabin Fever but their self isolation on holiday got them a nasty infection. They would have been better off back in the city. I should probably rewatch it because I don't even remember why they didn't just get back in their car and drive to a hospital. Actually every cabin movie is a good ad for not going into the country. For this one, Five college kids go to a cabin and of course touch EVERYTHING they shouldn't and unleash some demonic activity. Unknown to them a corporation is behind it all and it's all pretty funny really. I've also got just one word for this movie: Merman.

11. The Belko Experiment [2017]
Imagine if your isolation meant you were stuck at work with your work mates? Now imagine you're told you have to kill each other..if you want some more office building style movies you can add Mayhem [2017] and Bloodsucking Bastards[2015] to the list. 

10. High-Rise [2015]
Set in 1975, we see Tom Hiddleston (told you I like Tom) move into the latest social experiment - an apartment block with levels dedicated to certain social classes. The lower levels are for the lower class/family types, middle class and then the filthy rich are at the very top. The block even has a swimming pool and it's own shopping centre. Things go downhill fast (the film start to finish covers 3 months) with power outages, restrictions, the shops aren't being restocked and all out war breaks out between all of the social classes. Depravity ensues. Tom does his best to self isolate. Might be handy for some tips. 

9. The Purge [2013]
If you live under a rock and haven't seen any of the 4 movies or the tv series (there's been 2 seasons) then here's a quick explanation - Purge Night is on March 21st and everyone in the USA gets 12 hours to commit crimes without any repercussions. Most kill off the poor and homeless for not contributing to society, one of the sequels has some teen girls purging because she got caught trying to steal a chocolate bar. Those who don't want to purge, barricade themselves indoors and hope to keep everything and everyone out. The first film is about one family locked inside their house and the shit that goes down during those 12 hours. While watching it the other night I sat here thinking how if Purge Night was a real thing, people would just be going around shooting up their neighbours to steal their toilet paper. 

8. REC [2007]
If you're anti subtitles because I know some people are illiterate or can't multi task, there's an average American remake called QUARANTINE. If you want to stick to the original source then track down REC! JB HiFi sell the films in a boxset. Film 1 is about an apartment block on lock down with a virus. The virus obviously gets out because there's 3 sequels. The 3rd one is about a wedding - and we all know to avoid gatherings of more than 100 people. 

7. Disturbia [2007]
Shia LeBeouf plays a teen who is sentenced with house arrest and spends his time spying on his neighbours and becomes convinced one guy is a serial killer. I can relate to this movie. 

6. Psycho [1960]
You can't go past a classic like loner Norman Bates. Poor boy is stuck at home with his lunatic mother running a vacant motel. All he wants is a friend. I personally like to watch this on Mother's Day which is coming up soon. 

5. Cube [1997]
I haven't watched this in years but it's about six people waking up in a cube and if the idea of being trapped in a small space doesn't sound hellish enough they have to be super brainy at math to try and get out of there without being killed. They just go from one cube to the next, to the next..

4. 10 Cloverfield Lane [2016]
Girl has car accident and wakes up locked in a room of a bunker of some random old dude who also has another random guy held hostage. He's supposedly saving them for the apocalypse that's outside in the real world but is he really? If you've seen Cloverfield then you know the gist of what's happening outdoors. Personally, I'd rather take on the real world than his creepy bunker. 

3. Gravity [2013]
Sandra Bullock plays an astronaut stuck in space alone. So while you're stuck in your house and able to do get groceries still just remember it could be worse. Watching this was anxiety inducing. I didn't realise I was claustrophobic until I got stuck in a lift one day. Despite the fact she's in outer space which goes on for infinity, it still felt claustrophobic to me. 

2. 30 Days Of Night [2007]
A small town in Alaska is preparing for its '30 days of night' where they get a whole month of darkness - honestly this is my top 3 holiday destinations list. I HATE the sun. So do vampires. Movie starts out on the very last day of sunlight which is their last chance to leave by plane if they want too and that night the vampires arrive. Buffet time!

1. The Shining [1980]
Honestly this is the ultimate self isolation film. Jack wants some peace and quiet to work on his new book and takes a job in a massive hotel with his wife and kid where they'll be completely alone. Allegedly. I'm glad I live alone because I can't handle most people for a couple hours let alone being stuck at home with them for days, weeks, months... This movie is absolutely brilliant though, the score is haunting and Jack Nicholson is one creepy fucking dude. He is the King of the Resting Bitch Face. He's also funny, but my sense of humour isn't like regular people's (Adam Sandler is awful guys) so you might disagree. I love this movie so much my website bio used to be two paragraphs of "all work and no play makes Kim a dull girl" and nobody ever questioned it. The sequel Doctor Sleep is a great follow up too with Ewan McGregor playing Danny "REDRUM" Torrance. One scene involves my favourite child actor, Jacob Tremblay. He's only 13 but he's such an incredible actor I can't wait to see what he does as an adult (seriously check out "Wonder" on STAN and "Room" on Netflix!) but his scene in Doctor Sleep is so brutal that I came close to crying. I don't cry in movies unless a dog died or there's someone dying of cancer. The only downside to this movie was the guy they brought in to play Jack. He looked the part but he just didn't have the voice/attitude needed. He was the Walmart version of Jack Nicholson. A shame really because the actress they got to play Wendy was spot on. So out of all of these films, if you do decide on a marathon definitely watch these two!

OPTION 6: PUZZLES
Be like Tom Holland (oh look another Tom!) and buy some jigsaw puzzles. It's the closest thing to a board game you can play solo but don't let that deter you from upending the table in gamer rage when you can't work out where that one piece is meant to go. I could suggest online gaming but our internet probably won't last long with everyone home and that's when the real apocalypse will hit Australia.

OPTION 7: GARDENING
I don't have a garden but I have a balcony with random succulents. There's heaps of sellers on Facebook selling succulents for $2-3. Go buy an Aloe Vera. Plant it in your garden. At the end of the quarantine go count how many you have (or do it monthly). Seriously, Aloe Vera is like the Gremlins of the plant world. Turn your back and they multiple! Some use Aloe Vera to make hand sanitizer and lotion. I don't, I just get some kick from being assaulted by plants because I dared to move a pot. If you've got some old garden gnomes lying around they're probably pretty faded and you can give them a makeover with your painting skills you've acquired from earlier. 

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OPTION 8: TINDER
I hate Tinder. I'm only suggesting this as a last ditch effort to stop yourself turning into Jack Torrance because let's be honest - nobody knows how to be social on Facebook. I have better chat sessions on instagram of all places. Anyways, my cousin told me to download Tinder 5 years ago when I had my knee surgery and I haven't met one single person on it. If you've seen the profiles men have on there you'll understand why. Dodgy AF. There's men with photos blurrier than Bigfoot, men using stock photos thinking we wont question it, then there's the men holding fish/holding guns/flipping the camera off..and then there's the gym junkies and guys showing off all the places they travelled as if that makes them interesting. All that tells me is you hate fun (aka carbs) and you have money. I too could travel if I had some cash laying around. Then just as you think MAYBE you found someone normal it turns out they're racist. SO...what I'm saying is, use Tinder to be a jerk. We can't go out anywhere to meet people anyway and hooking up with a stranger probably isn't the safest idea right now so if you feel the need for some human interaction this works and you don't have to worry about the consequences. My favourite thing to do is to make accounts of horror characters and then I tell my psychologist about how psychotic men are that they'll superlike a clown (like really, will you have sex with literally anything?) while disregarding the fact I made the clown account in the first place. 

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Well that's it! I hope that's given all you anti social peeps some ideas on what to do over the coming months. If nothing else I gave you something to watch for about 30 hours give or take. Enjoy!

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Art Health Horror Lists Music https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/3/netflix-kill-and-other-ways-to-survive-self-isolation-in-2020 Mon, 23 Mar 2020 10:22:04 GMT
Rare Disease Day '20 https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/3/rare-disease-day-20 Rare Disease Day.

Firstly - this isn't a rare disease post because whiplash is common BUT it's atlanto-axial-dislocation-and-fractureatlanto-axial-dislocation-and-fracture
relevant because the area affected is rare.

So most know that 3 years ago I was assaulted
at a gig and scored epic neck pain for life. Right before Christmas I was sent for a SPECT CT scan on my spine (I've had xray, CT and an MRI so far) from the base of the head down to my hip area to look for "hot spots". Basically the results from that were going to determine if I would have injections for pain relief or just medication.

Last fortnight I got the results, injections are out. You know things aren't particularly good when the spine surgeon is sitting there confused on how you have so much activity in an area of your neck that's rare for injury. Told him two weeks after I saw him last someone felt the need to shake me violently and I almost hit the ground as he let go of me..and here we are. My neck is the worst section of the entire scan - so I'm not actually lying or being dramatic when I say the neck pain overshadows back pain after all!

The atlanto-occipital joint is the area that is causing me the most pain. It's the joint between your skull and your neck (Cervical Spine). This is the best diagram I could find online because I don't have fancy scan images this time around. The atlanto-occipital joint controls most of your neck movement so you can move your head forward/backward/sideways. This is why I get so much pain looking up (gigs/doing laundry), looking down (like at my laptop or painting), turning my head..

Whiplash typically occurs when your head is thrown backwards and forward and the motion can injure bones, discs between the bones, ligaments, muscles...basically everything. Normally you should be better after a few weeks but some of us are super lucky and have to deal with it for life. This is somewhat determined by how you were at the time of the injury. If your injury caused intense pain that came on quickly you're more likely to deal with chronic pain problems. When I was shaken I left the venue an hour later because I couldn't hide the fact I was in tears from how much pain I was in. Flood-Law-Firm-Whiplash-Injury car accidentFlood-Law-Firm-Whiplash-Injury car accident

Whiplash can be caused by car accidents which it's commonly associated with, contact sports like football (tackling) and physical assault - whiplash can occur if you're punched or shaken and is one of the injuries seen in Shaken Baby Syndrome. 

Symptoms of whiplash include

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Worsening of pain with neck movement
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches starting at the base of the skull
  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulder area
  • Tingling and numbness in arms
  • Fatigue and dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Blurred vision
  • Memory loss
  • Depression

Since this injury I've had random mornings where I've woken up to a dead arm and if you're lucky it's back to normal the next day, I can be fine and turn my head and get the sharpest pain imaginable in my neck, I can have a week at a time of neck pain so intense I literally can't do anything. To be blunt - it's fucked. I spent the first year while visiting physio every other week thinking these were issues with Scheuermann's Disease but in reality it's my neck. 

Most articles on the topic are about dislocation but my GP said that's definitely not it and on further investigation I'd be dead if it was. Dislocation of that joint is also known as internal decapitation but can still be caused by similar accidents.

The surgeon told me to go see a Rheumatologist while I wait for Pain Management and that between the two they can get me onto disability. That was the basically the point where it hit me and I spent the next hour in shock just walking around the shopping centre waiting to go home. This injury is what can get me onto disability..not the spine deformity. 

So now I get to spend more money I don't have on specialists and at some point I have to try and put money aside for Pain Management. I'm hoping that won't be many appointments because the first one is $330 and appointments after that are $185. Medicare doesn't cover much of it despite popular belief. My psychologist asked me how do I afford to pay for all of these appointments on Newstart. I lol'd. Told her I learned budgeting off my mum but it only gets me so far. $430 a fortnight just doesn't stretch far when $170+ of that goes to one appointment. I don't have a social life (though a friend actually came over recently and it was awesome just chilling in my loungeroom and chatting and watching the BROS documentary for a few hours) and my pay goes towards appointments, bills, then I work out what's left for food. She asked me what my vice is - I said Coke assuming I can afford that. Quick, someone tell the Prime Minister I use newstart to buy soft drink!

The upside to all of this was I had my first group photo shoot. Normally I hate the idea of working with other photographers because I do have a superiority complex at times where photography is concerned. I also really hate being watched because anxiety will take over and I'll screw up. I'll suddenly look like I don't know what the fuck I'm doing in the studio. 

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I was given a coffin in 2017 but I never got to use it and it's been sitting in my storeroom since giving up the studio space. Meeting Olivia last year was great because being a goth queen she loved the idea of a coffin shoot. You have no idea how hard it is finding models who aren't scared off by most of my ideas. From here this is just going to sound super selfish really. Initially I thought doing a group shoot would help in regards to moving the coffin around, there was no way in hell I could carry it anywhere so I wondered who might be interested in shooting with it and helping us move it. Turned out the group shoot idea was better in more ways than one. At the shoot itself I lost my shit a couple times at the lights which thankfully the others just found my tantrums funny. I don't think anyone takes a short person seriously. Having another photographer meant help with lighting because they know what they're doing but my back started to hurt early on - left overs from the day before's shoot in my bedroom I guess where all I did was step up and down a 2 foot ladder but I was in pain for HOURS later - so I had to sit down. I was just scared to move any more because I've gone out of my way the past year to avoid any situation where my back locks up. Having an extra photographer meant I could just pass something off onto them. I didn't have to feel like I was letting the model down because there was still someone there to take her photo when I couldn't anymore. It also put me in a situation to work with a new model I wouldn't have necessarily done on my own. I always work with the same two people because I hate wasting time on new people just to find out they can't even strike one decent pose. I met a lot of those in my tafe days. I like models that know how to move and you don't have to direct every single pose and movement and you can just offer some suggestions. I also hate models who refuse to take direction..like you're the model that's literally your job! So meeting Chantelle was great, we only did a few shots and I didn't say shit to her (also common trait of mine during shoots) but I didn't have too. She knew how to pose. I even took Frank along for some photos. Frank is a skeleton and he loved it, though to be fair he always looks happy. I think he has Resting Happy Face. So what I'm saying is, group shoots might save the day on some occasions. Definitely keen to do more with this group. I'll never do photography professionally again but I'm still trying to do some personal projects as my body permits. Watch this space! 

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Health Scheuermann's Disease https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2020/3/rare-disease-day-20 Sun, 01 Mar 2020 08:19:30 GMT
Goodbye 2019 https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/12/2019-is-over life is a comedylife is a comedy

I am meant to come up with a plan for my life so I'm not just sitting at home doing nothing everyday and that I need a goal to achieve and structure. I get her point but you have no idea how hard that is. For one thing, me in high school didn't think I would be alive past 30 so I never aimed that high to begin with and my 20's were spent sociophobic and then caring for my mum. All I really wanted in life was to be like Andy Warhol. I LOVE him. I wanted a warehouse I could work in and have exhibitions with maybe bands and fun times. Which is a wild goal to have when you have severe social anxiety. The main goal was I wanted a studio space where I could paint the walls or create sets for photo shoots and I wanted to have an exhibition when I had enough photos I liked. I did try at one point and contacted a couple galleries but one wasn't happy with an exhibition of only 3 people. I have no idea why. Between the 3 of us we had enough work to fill the small space. So that didn't happen. 2016 I finally had my first studio space, which was too small for what I really wanted to do but it was a step in the right direction only I had to give up a year later because neck pain was too much to be able to work in there. Photography has decreased rapidly since then. Any goal I had is dead. My goal now is to get through each week. Between no money and pain I don't know what I'm meant to do with my life. It's hard making plans when any given day/week you're in severe pain or can't walk for no reason. I've spent the last two months trying to get back into drawing and it's hard. It's been so long since I've done anything and it's all pretty mediocre.

I told my psych that and she said great, set a goal - how? Firstly, I have to be happy with what I'm doing. I don't have a style of my own and I'm just trying to practice for now so I can get to the point of developing a style and coming up with my own ideas and not using prompts found on instagram. I'm a long way off achieving anything! The most I know is eventually I want to get back into printmaking but right now I don't have any ideas yet. I looked at drawing classes to maybe kickstart something but they're $300 for 6 weeks through TAFE. Something Art Therapy related could be cool too because I don't know how to express myself. 

So 2020 shall be interesting. I'm never going to have money between psych, spine west and the private pain specialist (but really what else is new?) but I might get to be pain free so I don't care! If anyone has any suggestions on how to have a functional life while living with chronic pain please leave a comment or message me. I'd love to hear other people's stories! 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Health Scheuermann's Disease https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/12/2019-is-over Sun, 22 Dec 2019 12:13:21 GMT
2009 vs 2019 https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/11/2009-vs-2019 Everyone is doing that "omg look how much I changed!" posts with portraits from 2009 and 2019 because it's almost the end of another decade. For the most part nobody looks any different unless they were a child in 2009 and I tried looking but I couldn't find a single photo of me. I'm always behind the camera. So instead I'm doing a "omg look how much I changed!" in regards to my photography.

2009 was the year I started Shoot the Wicked Witch as a business and 2019 was the year I decided to quit. Maybe poor choice of wording but I had to get a firm grip on reality that being a photographer just isn't in my future anymore. I'm just in too much pain to do it regularly and I'm lucky if I pick my camera up monthly now. There's been a few times I thought about selling it. 

To give a clue on how much my neck/back problems have affected my life as a photographer:

In 2017 when things started going downhill I photographed 30 gigs.
In 2018 I photographed 15.
In 2019 I photographed 5. 

It's super fucking depressing but at the same time I don't miss shooting or really even attending local music shows. I noticed a massive energy shift after my neck injury with how people treated me and now I just find most gigs awkward to be at. Which is hard to deal with when you've been photographing the same people for 10 years and the moment you aren't holding a camera apparently your value as a human drops. It's borderline amusing watching people you used to be friends with completely ignore you (we're talking glaring/huge stick up their ass) as if my personal health problems somehow insulted them. Gigs just aren't fun anymore. So in the last couple months I decided I'm only photographing mates bands should I feel so inclined or bands I really love for Wall Of Sound. I'm not putting myself through hell for anyone else. 

Which is also why I'm trying to get back into art. I'm out of practice but I'm telling myself that I really should put my Fine Art degree to use. I'm just not completely comfortable sharing them but I need to get over that and just do it. So as of 2020 you may notice a huge change over on my instagram! The biggest problem with drawing is looking down hurts my neck too. I keep telling myself that if Frida Kahlo could paint while lying in bed for months surely I can find a way to manage this!

First up - MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY
2009 was my first go at music photography in 9 years and it was a small charity gig at Mojo's. There was hardly anyone there and I was too anxious to go near the stage so I spent the gig sitting at a table taking photos. Jump to 2019 and the anxiety isn't quite as bad now that I get to stand in photo pits. I've got to photograph some of my all time favs (Green Day/AFI) and I've had photos used on CD covers. One of my photos was used on The Superjesus latest vinyl release. That's probably the highlight of my career honestly.

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It wouldn't be a Decade piece without featuring my most photographed local musician - Alex Cotton! First gig was 2010's WA Roller Derby album launch with Chainsaw Hookers, AAAGH Bats! and Project Mayhem. 9 years, 3 bands, and a guitar to the face later...here we are. Did my photos of him improve over the years? Barely but it's always a fun time shooting Scalphunter and he's one of the best peeps I've met in the local music scene!

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Portrait Photography

When I started out I was all about pinup and horror themes...and an extreme overuse of textures. I'm pretty sure for 2009-2010 all shoots were in a studio. I avoided going on location as much as possible. The horror themes are still going. I'd love to do so much more though. Sometimes I think about doing more pinup because it was always so much fun! I tried to incorporate pinup with music for a calendar idea but I only ended up doing a couple of photoshoots because getting guys involved is really hard. I have 2 awesome photos though (well to be honest the entire photo set of Scotty from Nerdlinger are winners) so I'd really like to do something with them at some stage before I die. Maybe I should just make a coffee table book of random photos?

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To complete my 2009 vs 2019 I decided to look back at photos taken with my two fav models. In the last 10 years I've barely shot with anyone else. Ashayla and Bec are the first two I always go to for all of my ideas!

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Well that's it. Fascinating right? 2019 ended on a bit of a sour note with my last photoshoot having to be taken down because I wasn't aware you couldn't take photos in a cemetery. They were my most liked photos in a long time so it was really sad for both of us but I'm going to use one or two as references for some art ideas so they aren't a total waste. I'm not sure what 2020 will bring where my camera is concerned. Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes are up first and I really need to redo my White Violin photoshoot (which considering I don't even like my photos it's my most read blog to date!) but so far that's it. I've been talking about doing a Pennywise shoot for two years so maybe I'll get that done. One day I really hope to use my coffin here. Who knows. My only plan for now is to get through all the latest doctors appointments and survive Christmas. Then I'll worry!

To end this properly I need to thank the following people:

  • Alex for letting me photograph all of his bands over the years. Best bands to practice music photography with!
  • Desert Highways for giving me my start in photographing bigger shows and letting me photograph Frank Iero even though it didn't fit your demographic.
  • Wall Of Sound/Browny for letting me live out my dream of photographing Green Day and basically letting me stick around even though I don't contribute anything other than Pennywise gifs to group chats and watching my one-hit-wonder of an article keep floating around.
  • Shay and Bec for modelling my random ideas, including adult smash cakes! You can check out more of what they get up to on instagram - Ashayla Webster / Lamia Emilia

Still reading? If you like my art and want to show support I have a Gofundme going to try and fundraise for a new computer. Mine died last year and being unemployed and sick means it's ridiculously hard to afford anything let alone a computer! If you would like to donate click HERE!
 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Cosplay Health Horror Music Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/11/2009-vs-2019 Mon, 25 Nov 2019 09:38:47 GMT
Best songs to listen to for Halloweek! https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/10/best-songs-to-listen-to-for-halloweek Welcome to Halloweek! Halloweek is for those of us who love Halloween so much we need a full week to enjoy it. Some think we’re freaks but we’re not the ones who need four months to buy their Christmas trees. October is a time where horror freaks unite to share their love of all things ghoulish and pumpkins, some take part in Drawlloween (a Halloween inspired drawing challenge by the incredible artist Mab Graves!), some put up Halloween trees because Christmas Trees should be spooky and basic bitches share their list of much-watch horror movies for October – and not a single one is set on Halloween. There’s a horror movie for literally every occasion (except maybe Father's Day), do it right! So I have made this list of top quality songs you should listen to this Halloweek. I’ve been listing to these for the past week already, for research, obviously! 

  1. Keepin’ Halloween Alive - Alice Cooper 
    It would be wrong not to put the King of Spooky as #1. He’s Freddy Kreuger’s foster dad, he was a bum in Prince Of Darkness, he wrote a song for Jason Voorhees and if you’ve seen him live then you know Feed My Frankenstein is a winner. It was really hard picking just one song! 
  2. Monster Mash - Misfits
    Misfits are the ultimate band for Halloween, you’ve really got your pick for song choices but I’m sticking with Monster Mash because it sounds so much better than the original. 
  3. Halloween – AFI
    I'm a bit of a Davey Havok fangirl so I have to include at least two songs here to make up for the fact I've listed them 3rd in something. This one is a Misfits cover but Fall Children is also a must listen too! Both feature on their All Hallows Ep
  4. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr
    Ray is constantly asking us who we’re gonna call but does he give us the phone number? No he doesn’t. Ray wants you to die folks but at least the song is catchy.
  5. Never Sleep Again - Chainsaw Hookers
    If you like your songs about horror movies you need to check out Chainsaw Hookers on Spotify. They shit all over that Nine Ice Whatever band.
  6. Werewolves Of London – Warren Zevon
    Released in 1978 this song featured quite a bit in my childhood (thanks Mum!). The song was apparently inspired by the movie Werewolf Of London (1935). I haven't seen it because despite having the body of a 90yr old I'm not actually that old.
  7. House of 1000 Corpses - Rob Zombie
    Picking Living Dead Girl or Dragula felt like lazy choices and honestly Zombie’s entire discography could be your Halloween playlist as well but I’m a fan of this track which features in the opening credits of Zombie’s debut film of the same name (which is set on Halloween. BONUS!)
  8. Bad Moon Rising – Mourning Ritual
    Originally sung by Creedence Clear Water Revival and forever associated with An American Werewolf In London, I found this super fucking creepy version by accident. I have no clue who this band is but this is their only recording and it featured in The Walking Dead season 4 promo and Teen Wolf.  
  9. Come To Daddy – Aphex Twin
    Back when I was a youngen I would sit up late watching RAGE like all cool kids did and this song came on. The song is just some creepy ass voice singing I WANT YOUR SOUL/I WILL EAT YOUR SOUL and the video has a bunch of creepy AF children running around with his face. Fun fact: I used this song in my presentation video for my final project at TAFE. It was a series of photos based on the 7 Deadly Sins but I edited it too short so it was like a 60 second assault of the senses with this song just blasting in everyone’s face. If you enjoy movie references - this song featured in 8mm which is the only good film Nicholas Cage made.
  10. Pet Sematary – Ramones
    'I don't want to be buried in a Pet Sematary / I don't want to live my life again'
    It’s a bad joke that all Ramones songs I know are from soundtracks and half the time they’ve been sung by other people. This is one of maybe 3 songs I like by them and was really glad there wasn’t some shitty Fall Out Boy version on the Pet Sematary remake that came out earlier this year FYI: don’t watch it!

  11. Thriller – Michael Jackson
    This is probably one of the coolest videos ever. Also, Vincent Price.
  12. Baby You’re A Haunted House – Gerard Way
    I know many didn’t like this song when it came out last year and I may have been one of them but I’ve changed my mind. I'm also convinced everyone in this clip is wearing a mask so Gerard didn't actually have to be in it.
  13. Beheaded – The Offspring
    The Offspring appeared in the movie Idle Hands singing this song and Ramones song I Wanna Be Sedated..During Beheaded their interrupted and Dexter gets himself scalped. Best scene.
  14. Lullaby – The Cure
    I was 11 when I first saw this video clip and I blame Robert Smith for my irrational fear of spiders. This video clip is also kind of my life. I too lay awake all night listening to my neighbours. 
  15. Bruja – Rick Dangerous and the Silkie Bantams
    Any song about a witch is ok with me. I fucking love this band. I got to see them live the last time I was in Melbourne and their one of the best live acts I've ever seen. I came close to changing my biz name to Bruja after hearing this song just so I didn't have to keep typing out 'shootthewickedwitch' on everything. It was a ridiculously long email.
  16. Augen Auf – OOMPH!
    Everything automatically sounds creepier when it’s in German, moreso with kids counting. Not even sure why this band hasn't been as big in Australia as Rammstein.
  17. Rosemary’s Baby – Fantomas
    It was a hard choice between this track and their rendition of a score from The Omen soundtrack, which is basically Ave Satan on speed.
  18. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
    You can’t beat a classic but if you need to feel depressed I recommend listening to the cover by HIM.
  19. Halloween – Siouxsie and the Banshees
    There’s a lot of 18 year old girls on instagram who claim you aren’t goth unless you listen to Siouxie and the Banshees because makeup. This is for them.
  20. Walk Like A Zombie - Horrorpops
  21. Season Of The Witch – John 5 and The Creatures
    I don't normally do the instrumental thing but this is pretty kick ass. Has some creepy laughing for good measure. 
  22. I Put A Spell On You – Marilyn Manson
    Marilyn Manson manages to make most things sinister without much effort. You can also include Sweet Dreams here.
  23. Walking With A Ghost – Tegan and Sara
    I've had this song stuck in my heads for days. 
  24. Billie Jean – The Bates
    Is this song creepy? No, unless the idea of having an illegitimate child freaks you out. Is the video creepy? Yes in a sexy German Norman Bates kinda way. These guys put a punk rock spin on Michael Jackson's song and made it 1000x better.
  25. How Soon Is Now – The Smiths
    I know we all hate Morrissey but there are other guys in that band and they made one decent song that became associated with witchcraft thanks to The Craft and Charmed. 
  26. Where The Wild Roses Grow – Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue
    Just a nice little song about a girl who meets a boy who kills her.
  27. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
    This song is forever ruined for me by someone who appeared on Red Faces singing PSYCHO CHICKEN when I was a child but the song is about Norman Bates so in effect it’s really a song about Ed Gein. Actually I found the clip for Psycho Chicken so you can get your daily laugh.

  28. Halloween 13-13 – Wednesday 13
    Hey little girl don't be scared / Just take this candy from my hand
    Tonight is the night the dead rises from their graves / Don't be afraid, girl, don't be afraid

  29. Vampires Will Never Hurt You – My Chemical Romance
    And if the sun comes up will it tear the skin right off our bones / And then as razor sharp white teeth rip out our necks I saw you there


  30. Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
    I asked around a couple of Halloween groups what their must-listen-to-Halloween songs are and everyone pretty much listed this song. Also features Michael Jackson singing the chorus.
  31. Bela Lugosi’s Dead – CHVRCHES
    If you don’t know who Bela Lugosi is you might want to find another article to read.
  32. Fashion Zombies – The Aquabats!
  33. Little Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
    "Hey there Little Red Riding Hood, You sure are lookin' good, You're everything a big, bad wolf could want...
    Like all good songs, this one was completely innocent but some movie came along and made it the calling card of a serial killer and now here we are…this song was covered by Bowling For Soup if you want a more upbeat pop punk version but to be honest it feels a bit date-rapey. 

     
  34. Addams Groove – MC Hammer
    Whose your favourite horror family? The Addams or the Munsters? I’ll wait.

     
  35. Jack The Ripper – The Horrors
  36. Season Of The Witch - Donovan
  37. Cold – Static-X
    I don't know about you but I can't hear this song and not picture Lestat (Queen of the Damned..not that Tom Cruise shit)
  38. Forsaken - Jonathon Davis
    Speaking of...
  39. Horror Movie – Skyhooks
  40. Halloween – Dead Kennedys
    Whatcha gonna be? / Babe, you better know / And you better plan / Better plan all day 
    Better plan all week, better plan all month, better plan all year


  41. Michael Myers – The Meteors
  42. I’m Not A Vampire – Falling In Reverse
  43. Halloween (John Carpenter) – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
    This is one of the best horror scores of all time (Change my mind..). This starts out faithful to John Carpenter's version then goes off on it's own.
  44. Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Not a Halloween film but spooky all the same and it's not a party unless this plays! 
  45. Hellraiser – Motorhead
    Look I'll admit when Lemmy died I had no idea who the hell everyone on Facebook was talking about. I somehow had never heard of the band until that moment. I came across this song in my hunt for quality songs for Oct 31st. 
  46. Halloween II – Cradle Of Filth
    A friend of mine is a Cradle Of Filth fan so I'm adding this for her. It's a cover but this one is kind of ridiculous. Cradle of Filth are listed as covering Samhain. Who are Samhain? Fuck knows so I googled them and it's some band Danzig made up after he left Misfits then covered his own song …..then Cradle of Filth covered it. 
  47. A Nightmare On My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
    This track samples A Nightmare On Elm Street and the killer looks like a jacked-up Billy Idol. 

     
  48. Halloween – Mastodon

     
  49. All Hallows Eve – Type O Negative
  50. Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - Backstreet boys
    I need to include this one for having the best horror themed music video. Everyone loves this song. Anyone who says they don't is lying.

And that's it! What did you think? Are there any songs you would have added to a Halloween playlist? Let me know in the comments!

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Blog Halloween Horror Lists Music https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/10/best-songs-to-listen-to-for-halloweek Tue, 29 Oct 2019 00:25:50 GMT
World Spine Day - Oct 16th https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/10/world-spine-day---oct-16th It's World Spine Day and I thought maybe it was time for an update that is the ridiculousness of my life. I've also added some fun bits throughout like a video about Scheuermann's Disease, the first time in my life where I was all SCIENCE BITCH! and some article links to general spine health related news on how vitamins and medications (like anti depressants) can affect your bone health.

For those who somehow don't know, I have Scheuermann's Disease (You can check out my blog for Rare Disease Day here on the subject). I was diagnosed officially at 14 (was misdiagnosed at 8-9 years old but was left untreated), tried a back brace, scored a shit load of bullying from literally everyone in my life (my favourite being "she'd be pretty if it wasn't for her back"), developed a nice list of mental health issues and grew up to be the ray of sunshine I am today. I was deemed unemployable because I was seen as a risk and didn't get my first actual job until 2012. The end of 2015 I thought I was looking worse than normal and saw my doctor about it. Referrals were sent out and things got worse at the beginning of 2017 and have steadily progressed since. 

If unsolicited advice has taught me anything it's that most don't know how a spine works. We all know a broken spine can lead to you becoming quadraplegic at the very worst, yet this information is forgotten when it comes to advice. I've been told to get a shower chair when I mention that standing in the shower some days is hard. My legs work, it's being vertical in general that's the problem. The spine protects your spinal cord, the nerves and several of your organs. It's what helps keep you upright and functional. The spinal cord and nerve system make up your entire Nervous System. A pinched nerve anywhere in your spine can affect feeling or cause pain in your legs and arms. I've woken up a few times to a dead arm thanks to a pinched nerve and it can take a day for medication to fix it. This is also why spinal surgery is so risky - the slightest accident can leave you paralysed in numerous ways.

The spine consists of 4 regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral.

Cervical Spine

The neck region is the Cervical Spine. This region consists of seven vertebrae, which are abbreviated C1 through C7 (top to bottom). These vertebrae protect the brain stem and the spinal cord, support the skull, and allow for a wide range of head movement.

The first cervical vertebra (C1) is called the Atlas. The Atlas is ring-shaped and supports the skull. C2 is called the Axis. It is circular in shape with a blunt tooth-like structure (called the Odontoid Process or dens) that projects upward into the Atlas. Together, the Atlas and Axis enable the head to rotate and turn. The other cervical vertebrae (C3-C7) are shaped like boxes with small spinous processes (finger-like projections) that extend from the back of the vertebrae.

Thoracic Spine

Beneath the last cervical vertebra are 12 Thoracic vertebrae abbreviated T1-T12 (top to bottom). T1 is the smallest and T12 is the largest thoracic. The thoracic vertebrae are larger than the cervical bones and have longer spinous processes.

Rib attachments add to strength and stability of the thoracic spine. The rib cage and ligaments limit range of motion and protect many vital organs.

Lumbar Spine

The Lumbar Spine consists of 5 vertebrae abbreviated L1-L5. The lumbar vertebrae are the largest and carry most of the body’s weight. This region allows more range of motion than the thoracic spine, but less than the cervical. Lumbar facet joints enable significant flexion and extension movement, but limits rotation.

Sacral Spine

The Sacrum is located behind the pelvis. Five bones, abbreviated S1-S5, fused into a triangular shape, form the sacrum. The sacrum fits between the two hip bones connecting the spine to the pelvis. The last lumbar vertebra (L5) articulates (moves) with the sacrum. Immediately below the sacrum are five additional bones, fused together to form the Coccyx (tailbone).

The Skull and Pelvis

Although not typically viewed as part of the spine, the skull and pelvis inter-relate with the spinal column and impact balance.

How The Spine Looks

Everyone's spine is curved naturally but with diseases like Scoliosis and Sheuermann's Disease our curves are more extreme or go in the wrong direction. Normally a healthy spine viewed from the front is straight up and down. Viewed from the side, a spine has four distinct curves. Curves are described as being either kyphotic or lordotic.

  • kyphotic curve is a convex curve in the spine (i.e. convexity towards the back of the spine). The curves in the thoracic and sacral spine are kyphotic.
  • lordotic curve is concave (i.e. concavity towards the back of the spine), and is found in the cervical and lumbar levels of the spine.

The MRI on the left is one of a normal spine I pinched off Google, the one on the right is mine. IMG_5485IMG_5485 Another important area of the spine are the Facet Joints. These are in the back of each vertebral body and work like a hinge helping you to be able to bend, twist and extend your body in different directions. 

Scheuermann's Disease?

It's some stupidly rare disease that's hard to spell. No joke it took me a good 20 years to remember how too or maybe I'm just slightly special because it took me a long time to remember how to spell my middle name too. Scheuermann's Disease effects the way our vertebrae develop in childhood. Instead of being rectangular in shape our vertebrae are wedge shaped which causes the spine's curve to exaggerate from the norm. Nobody is really sure on why it happens though. Some believe it's hereditary but a lot of us are the first in our families to have it.  

The only people who have heard of it are the 2-4% who have it and about 10 doctors and whoever has been reading my blog posts in the last 2 years. Ok that's an under-exaggeration but the reality is unless they're an actual spine surgeon of some description nobody has heard of it or knows what it is and even then they aren't much help to you (refer to my last blog Surrounded By Idiots on just how great Pain Management was!). However people who have heard of it just 3 seconds after you've told them why you're in pain all of the time magically know what you're doing wrong in life and how to help you. The first rule of Fight Club is DON'T OFFER UNSOLICITED ADVICE! If you want to be helpful to a person with chronic pain/illness offer them help with shopping, lifts to the doctor, an outing to literally anywhere even that coffee shop 5 minutes from their house..things you might be good at yourself because your back works and you take it for granted. Back to the point, not everyone with Sheuermann's Disease looks the same. Our spines are kind of like fingerprints in that we all present differently. My spine is one big curve starting from my neck so it's like a large C shape. Others have a more prominent S shape. Others have a "hump" right up the top, other's might look normal standing up straight but when they bend over there's a noticeable hump in the middle of their back and others have a mix of kyphosis and scoliosis.

I found a video on Scheuermann's Disease on youtube. It's about 20 minutes long but the lecture covers quite a bit. If you don't want to watch it all the first 10 minutes is the most informative, the rest focuses on surgery. At 6:45 minutes they talk about treatment options. Now when I was 14 and seeing the specialist the guy was awful and I felt like I was being told off every visit but my 14 year old brain remembers him saying that surgery was barbaric (he literally used that word) and involved opening me up from the front and back to realign me and screwing in some rods. I never heard of anyone being opened both ways until this video and always wondered if he was just being overly dramatic to scare me but where this guy references surgery options as being Posterior correction, Anterior Correction and combined (opening front and back). The surgeon I saw in 2017 also brought up surgery but that he would never ever recommend it which was fine with me because what I knew of it at that point I wasn't keen on. He told me there's a 1 in 10,000 chance of ending up with some kind of paralysis because it's a risky surgery, for me I'd have to have the entire length of my spine fused, the surgery involves breaking your spine to correct it (in some cases they use cadaver bone in the correction), that it wouldn't help my pain because that's inflammation and it would just restrict my movement. So if it's not going to help pain I don't see the point in it at all plus being a photographer - even one who uses her camera once a month - you need to be able to get into random positions. At least that's what I thought at the time. I'm not nearly as energetic as I was but sometimes you need to get on the ground or climb on a chair to get the shot. I do always regret it later though and you can read about that on my blog Anatomy Of A Photoshoot where I discussed how a photoshoot affects me physically on the day and the days after. Surgery is considered cosmetic unless you have a curve of 75 degrees and over, constant pain, or it's life threatening - your curve is so severe it's affecting your breathing.

The video then talks about non-surgery treatment and the bottom picture is pretty close to the brace I had to wear in high school for 23 hours a day. For some reason braces are a fetish for some people and I'll never really understand why but they hurt to wear. Like ALOT. I would be in the school nurses office daily crying I wanted it off, my hips would be red from it rubbing against me. The only time I could take it off was to shower. Bracing really only works if you catch it early on. My parents were told it was too late for me because at my age I'd stopped growing but put me through it anyway. I think I wore it for about 6-7 months and it did nothing. 

I'm on a Facebook group for Scheuermann's Disease which means randomly I get to see articles about spine health. Lately some interesting ones have come up in regards to medicines and vitamins affect on your bone density. For instance Vitamin D - it's important for skeletal health but like most vitamins there's no real effect by taking more than the recommended daily dose but taking a higher dose of Vitamin D can actually cause bone density loss. On the other hand being Vitamin D deficient can be a problem if you have decide to have kids. In the article Bone Condition Kyphosis Linked To Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency it means that a US research group accidentally forgot to add vitamin D to a food mix for pigs which resulted in piglets being born with kyphosis. A study was then done on 37 pigs in 3 groups: one with no Vitamin D, one with low Vitamin D and one with high Vitamin D to see what happened. After the piglets were born they were put on various diets as well. The study showed that the piglets diet had no real effect on them but the mothers diet was what caused the birth defects. The piglets born to low and high Vitamin D pigs were up to 3 kilos heavier than the piglets born to no-Vitamin D pigs. The study isn't 100% but it gives researchers more to work with on what causes kyphosis and spine deformities. Many in the facebook group themselves are Vitamin D deficient or had family that were. It got me curious about my own but I never got an answer from the relative I asked and I can't ask my mum since she's dead. I don't own a ouija board yet. I've considered asking my doctor to test me just out of curiosity but I'll wait until my next blood test since they're regular enough. Another article Medications Can Harm Bones lists the ways certain medications can harm your bone health even if you're taking them because of spine issues. Most medications have nasty side effects with prolonged use. I try to limit how often I take an anti inflammatory because they can cause stomach ulcers. The idiot at Pain Management wanted me on anti depressants (it's their answer to all chronic pain) which mixed with anti inflammatories can cause internal bleeding. This article looks at what can be damaging to your spine/general bone health. Oral Steroids are prescribed for asthma problems (been on them quite a few times) and can also be prescribed for arthritis pain relief because it's a strong anti-inflammatory medication, the downside is prolonged use of steroids over 5mg a day means boss loss. I've wondered about asking my doctor to try it out and see if it helps with pain because it would mean I'd have no asthma problems too. Two birds. One stone. Some anti depressants can cause bone density loss and increase your risk of fractures. The article also includes medications taken for diabetes, hormones and anticonvulsants.

Doctor Updates

Over the last three years I've seen a spine surgeon, two neurology teams (technically the physio attached), Pain Management, physio, exercise physio and as of August added Rheumatologist to the list. I had this dumb idea that maybe they could help me since words like arthritis, facet joint arthritis and bilateral facet arthroscopy (aka facet joint osteoarthritis) appeared on my reports so what better than to see a doctor specialising in arthritis. HOW FUCKING WRONG WAS I?! The upside was I got my money's worth in that appointment (yes I paid for the appointment for those playing at home who believe Medicare means free doctors) because I was in his office for an hour unlike the 10 minutes I was in the offices for neurology appointments. For some context at what's coming next - when I saw Pain Management she did a good job of shaming me for the entire appointment making me remove my shirt and telling me my back looks normal and EVERYONE has a curved spine, EVERYONE has kyphosis and how EVERYONE has arthritis it all means nothing. So sitting in the Rheumatologist's office it was a bit like being on trial where he'd ask a question and I had to specifically answer and not go off tangent...even if going off tangent was pointing out I have pain/stiffness in my neck and knee - my neck being the worst body part for pain. He only wanted to hear about my back which was disappointing because even my GP was wondering if I had Fibromigsomethingorother I don't know how to say or spell it but it's means you have chronic pain everywhere. He got me to half lift my shirt while he felt a couple of areas to see if it hurt or not, then rang up the hospital to get them to send through my MRI report from last year BUT he did say my pain is structural and because of the shape my spine is in. Like how can everyone see this except that idiot at Pain Management?! He had no advice for pain relief other than "lay horizontally" when I have a flare up - which I already do so it was cool to have a doctor tell me to do that unlike Pain Managements 'your lazy' attitude. Fun fact: On twitter I bitched about back pain and that I wondered if zero gravity would help since you're weightless and that I'd sign up to NASA to be an astronaut. A friend jumped on there that you shrink in space but he couldn't quite remember. I wasn't much of a fan of being shorter (I should be a foot taller but my spine had other plans) so I jumped on Google and Nasa's website has the BEST analogy for why lying down helps with back pain!! 

"Did you know that astronauts are up to 2 inches taller while they're in space? As soon as they come back to Earth, though, they return to their normal height. What happens in space is not an optical illusion, but one more example of how microgravity affects our bodies.

Imagine that the vertebrae in your back form a giant spring. Pushing down on the spring keeps it coiled tightly. When the force is released, the spring stretches out. In the same way, the spine elongates by up to three percent while humans travel in space. There is less gravity pushing down on the vertebrae, so they can stretch out - up to 7.6 centimeters (3 inches).

To some degree, a similar stretching of the spine happens to you every night. When you lie down, gravity isn't pushing down on your vertebrae. You can do your own experiments with a meterstick. Measure your height carefully as soon as you get up or while you are still lying down. You will find that you're about a centimeter or two taller. That's not as much as astronauts change in space. The idea, however, is the same. As the day passes, your vertebrae compress through normal activities, and you'll lose those few centimeters you "grew" overnight.
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For all the specialists I've seen not one has mentioned this but the Rheumatologist was the first to recommend it. He did refer me to a sleep clinic though because of how bad my sleep is and apparently bad sleep patterns can make your pain worse. I've always been a night owl but my insomnia kicked in when my mum died. That year my sleep patterns were really bad and it kept up. They got worse when I moved to where I am now because I'm living in a block of psychopaths. Like right now it's 5:30am and I haven't slept yet. If I'm lucky I'll get 1 or 2 hours in before I have to leave the house later. So for now I have sleeping pills (which I forgot to take tonight) until I can get into the sleep study next year.

Since then I've had some fun new developments. Like not being able to walk properly..again. This one particular day about a month ago now I went into the city to get a comic book (took over an hour to get there), back to Joondalup and spent maybe an hour at the shops, then headed home went to the food shop and walked home. In all honesty I didn't do much at all but I stupidly took it one step further by painting my tv stand at 1am. I couldn't sleep (this was before I got the sleeping pills) and figured I'd do something remotely constructive. Council cleanup was coming up in a few days so I was finishing off some stuff for that and two days later it's suddenly hurting to walk and I'm leaning on a trolley walking around Bunnings with a friend. The next day I went to walk to the shop and didn't even make it 5 minutes up the road. To be honest I didn't even make it around to the other side of my apartment block when the pain kicked in hard. I was in so much pain that I sat outside someone's house for 10 minutes before trying again. What's normally a 25 minute trip became 45 minutes. Two weeks later and I still had a couple of issues. No amount of breathing exercises and happy thoughts was making it go away. In the last week I started having hip pain after another trip to Joondalup and randomly getting sharp pain in my foot. The foot pain I'm assuming is a pinched nerve, at least I'm hoping it is, because the first thing the spine guy asked me was if I had leg pain and checked my hip out. All of this is just the joy of having Scheuermann's and osteoarthritis and I need to learn to live with it. It's really fucking hard though when you have to do everything on your own so I basically have to go back to the psychologist (exercise physio told me I needed to any way because I need to talk to someone about my pain) just so I can bitch about my spine at her. I guess it will make a change, I spent half of last year crying in her office. Now I'll just be angry all the time.

Well that's it for World Spine Day. I hope it was at least somewhat educational for everyone! 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Health Mental Health Scheuermann's Disease https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/10/world-spine-day---oct-16th Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:38:04 GMT
Pet Sematary https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/9/pet-sematary "I don't want to be buried, in a pet sematary. I don't want to live my life again"
The Ramones

Fun Fact: Around 2006 I was dubbed the "Stephen King of TAFE" by the lady we hired photography equipment from. I was seriously amused because I didn't think I'd done anything particularly bad yet. I mean there was this one assignment in first year for "High Key" where I took a photo of a Living Dead Doll (I refused to photograph people for almost two years) but she's over exposed so as the slide came up covering the wall it freaked out the lecturer with these huge pink eyes staring at the class. Then there might have been a time in 2nd year where I did my history assignment on Forensics where I got to show photos of Jack the Ripper's victims and Ted Bundy's bite marks, and a certain kitchen assignment where all we were told was to photograph a kitchen utensil so I photographed my brother lying on the kitchen floor next to the carving knife with a trail of tomato sauce. When it came to marking we all had to put our photographs at the front of the class and as the lecturer walked along he stops at mine and asked whose it was and when he realised it was me said "I should have known". Another assignment I photoshopped a screaming face onto Barbie and thought I was hilarious. I like to think I'm personally responsible for assignments being a whole lot clearer the following year. Then there was the time I did a school shooting photo as part of my main project...so maybe I deserved it. I don't know. 

Event Cinemas (Innaloo) have Fright Night sessions of horror movies and they're basically the coolest thing ever. They have a Tunnel of Terror with members of Perth Horror Fans making things creepy, not for me personally but I find it adds something cool to the atmosphere of the night and I do get a laugh when basic bitches scream in fright. This particular night had a few tombstones and people in animal masks and drumming but we were all handed a gift as we walked in - a Pet Sematary cat mask. Decided right away I was using this in a photo shoot! That was about where the excitement ended for that night. The movie was crap. I did have some high hopes for it because the 80's version is quite stiff, the adults are like walking stiffs, the little girl is completely over the top with drama and Gage is the best actor in the whole film. I figured it wouldn't take much to top it and being 2019 expected good things. The remake screwed the storyline (but we knew the main detail thanks to trailers), the entire story is disjointed, the "scary" parts look like they were filmed in a studio and the best actor in the whole film is the cat and then there was that ending. Just no.

Fast forward to September and I did the photo shoot! I decided I should be adventurous and not shoot in the woods near my house despite how much I love them so we went to a spot near Kings Park. I grabbed myself some McDonalds on the way because I was starving and I alawys end up regretting this choice because somehow they managed to burn a mcmuffin. How do you burn a muffin and make it hard as a brick? So by the time i'm arriving I'm also doing a great impression of a dying person while I choke on my food. We started out walking around to have a look and there's a really steep - it's not a stair case but it had stairs - but after a few steps my lungs were collapsing and while trying to look like I'm totally fine was like nah let's not go further. Also there were a lot of people showing off how athletic they were by walking past us. Freaks. 

Lucky for me Lamia Emilia has her own dead animal zoo happening and brought along a bird and a dog. The bird got lost in the background but the puppy was quite cute and this is about as close as I get to animals not in a zoo behind glass or a fence or some contraption that keeps them far enough away that I won't have an allergic reaction.

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Most of the shoot was spent convinced I would eventually lose my footing and go tumbling down the hill. The location is spectacular with all the leaves on the ground but it also meant it was luck on what you were going to stand on. One step the ground would be firm, the next step soft dirt, the next step you've found a hole (I'm a super klutz so this was all terrifying. I once managed to have one foot fall in a hole while walking on a footpath and by walking on a footpath I was walking half on the footpath and half on grass. I went from walking on the ground. My brother only noticed because of the sudden shocked expressions on the girls faces across the street. Not embarrassing at all.)..it was quite the work out. 

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This shoot was also an opportunity to use some smoke bombs I bought last year. I bought them for a shoot with someone who then flaked and I was pretty pissed off but these were really cheap on eBay so I considered it a cheap lesson. I got exactly what I paid for with these. They are about the size of 10 cent pieces and hard to light up but by the time I did and turned to get my camera, turned back around and it was over. The smoke was done. I think it lasted a whole 10 seconds. Not sure it was even that long. I was going to film it but forgot and I'm glad really, it would be the shortest video ever.

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I bought a cat skull on eBay a couple months earlier and it was dud looking but thought I'd try it anyway. I wanted to try recreating at least one shot to be similar from the film but overall it didn't work too well. In the movie you see the kids all wearing animal masks, walking in a row to the sematary with a girl holding a pillow with a dog collar on it, another kid has some toy drums he's banging and another pushing a wheelbarrow.  Not sure if it's a combo of the pillow being too big, the skull too small but it just looked weird.

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PetSematary-82PetSematary-82 The idea for some of the photos was I wanted to make her look dead. Like SURPRISE there's a dead girl under the mask. So some photos she's normal and some she is not. 

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So about the one idea I had for this shoot was I wanted to have an "unmasking" shot where she takes the mask off and you realise she's dead herself...also because the kid that dies in the remake is a girl so may as well use the idea!

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And that is that. I definitely want to do more horror themed shoots though. Horror is life. Horror is my happy place.

If there was a Top 5 horror movie songs this would be on there. It's also been in my head the entire time I was editing the photos.

Model Lamia Emilia Facebook / Instagram
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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Horror Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/9/pet-sematary Tue, 24 Sep 2019 21:25:57 GMT
Dapper Deaf Gentlemen https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/9/dapper-deaf-gentlemen A few weeks back I got hit up for a photo shoot by Josh. You might know him as one of the models from The Light The Dark. We go way back because I used to invade his party house after gigs rather than go home at 2am. Some interesting times were had. Interestingly enough he thought of me because of my photoshoot with The Bob Gordons and one of them also lived in the party house. Ok that probably wasn't that interesting. ANYHOO the shoot was for his podcast The Deaf Penalty and they had a cool idea so I was totally keen and because I literally have no life I helped out with where to find costumes and tried to find somewhere interesting to do the shoot. One place would have been epic but none of us had a grand laying around so I booked the boudoir room at Huzzard's Studio. My only conditions for the shoot were they had to pick me and my gear up (including lights) and they were paying for the studio - and honestly I have to say my back didn't hurt that much at the end of the day compared to other shoots. The lift there and back made such a huge difference! 

THE DAY OF THE SHOOT...

There's a couple of things you probably shouldn't do and this is one of them: I didn't realise we were running as late as we were. Once I was picked up I didn't pay attention to the time. We get to Josh's to grab the guys before heading to the studio just up the road and my phone goes off. I have a missed call from an unknown number and I've been bombarded from asshole telemarketers for months I didn't think twice and responded. 

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So that got awkward real fast. I also realised then we were 30 minutes late.

We get there and I rush inside and basically just hope any of the other 4 people with me noticed which door I went into because telling them was obviously too hard and I get met by Chris (the owner) and ask if he was the one I txt'd, no of course not...I txt'd the nice older lady who works there, but he heard about it. Once upstairs setting up was fairly easy. I rearranged the furniture, set my light up and found out one of the "1800's styled gentleman" was actually channelling his inner Pimp Daddy. He will be referred to as Pimp Daddy for the duration of this blog. The other guy has no name (to be fair I'm a useless human being who forgets names as soon as she's told them), he was pretty quiet other than pointing out to Josh while he talked about how he's never watched any Harry Potter movie that I'm standing there in a Slytherin jumper.

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I brought in some books, pipe and hats for extra props (not Josh's though his came with his costume and involved velcro(?). I haven't seen anything like it.) and I kind of wish I filmed making Josh read the book because I didn't actually pay attention to what they were, but everyone was laughing and I had to stop and ask if he was actually reading the page because it sounded ridiculous. Turned out he was and it was from Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol And Other Short Stories'. My mum had these really old books from the 1920's-1950's and after she died I kept them because they looked cool. Somewhere during all of the laughing I blurted out "you're more fun to photograph than your brother" (I probably need some kind of a filter) and when asked who I mentioned the Them Sharks photo shoot from a couple years ago where 2/3's of the band were chill, chatting and laughing and the 3rd (his brother) was all "NO, We have to be serious!". It was really surprising because I've seen that guy drunk many times and never thought he'd be that serious. By the end of the shoot he realised the rest of us were right and the chilled out photos were the best ones. Nobody ever listens to the photographer. Candid is always best. I just really fucking hate posing people. This shoot had very little structure it was just "sit there", "read that", "talk amongst yourselves", "Now change seats", "Take your glasses off" "put your hands in your jackets like you're having a heart attack because that was a thing back then" etc Totes exciting stuff. Pimp Daddy's girlfriend as it turned out is a model so she even jumped in and told them what to do. 

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I took this at the end of the shoot and it was later when I got home I remembered there was a cool old looking frame near the bed that could have been a good prop which pretty much sums up every photo shoot I have..remembering the things I was going to do but forgot or what would have made it better. 

AFTER THE SHOOT

The next day I woke up dead. I'd been feeling off since Friday but I was ODing on Vitamin C, taking cold & flu tablets and apparently it didn't do a damn thing because come Monday I had some kind of monster chest infection. Happens 1-2 times a year when the weather becomes bipolar and can't make up it's mind on if it's Winter or Summer (let's face facts we don't have Spring. We just have Summer with pollen.) and I sound like that chick from The Exorcist just without the potty mouth and the vomit. I found some random anti-biotics from last time and took them and hoped for the best. I finally felt up to editing by the following weekend. Making the photos look old was easy because I used to do that for pinup photos back when I was doing them in 2009. I've got a whole folder full of textures to use. The colour ones look like they're from the 70's but that's ok because that's how I visualise Pimp Daddies and really everyone needed to experience that slipper/sock combo. 

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You should check out their Facebook page because it's got photos everywhere. It's cool doing a photoshoot and people use more than one photo! 

You can follow The Deaf Penalty on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter and you can hear the podcast on Spotify and iTunes. They mostly dribble shit but it's entertaining!

 

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Music Podcast Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/9/dapper-deaf-gentlemen Thu, 19 Sep 2019 23:28:33 GMT
RUOK? Day https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/9/ruok-day 15655580819891565558081989 Artwork by Zombie Teeth Clothing

“How many times had I let myself connect with someone only to have it thrown back in my face?” 
Jay Asher

It's RUOK? Day again and I'm not going to repeat my rant about the mental health version of valentine's day (you can read that here) but it seems like a good a day as any to write this. STOP PUTTING THE PRESSURE ON OTHERS TO CONTACT YOU. Show some initiative yourself. Your life is not more important than anyone else's. Which is pretty much the entire point of this blog. People suck. It's no secret that 13 Reasons Why really speaks to me for a few reasons but rewatching it a few weeks ago this quote hit hard and I started to write a pretty heated blog post about life and then stopped myself because I figured nobody even cares so why waste my time but now I'm back to writing it. I've been losing my shit the last few months and I don't care what people think because I'm not forcing anyone to read this but this is my reality. Then I worried this would alienate people or piss people off but then I laughed because the very people I'm talking about aren't in my life anyway, or barely, and why should I constantly be censoring myself so I don't hurt someones feelings when they don't care if they hurt mine? So really why am I even worried, I literally have nothing to lose.

So while I get inundated with messages about RUOK? (lol just kidding) here's my answer: I don't care about anything. I have no feelings about anything anymore. I'm definitely not happy, I'm not really sad either. I'm just meh. My sleep is so bad I only just realised it's Thursday 10 minutes ago. One day blurs into the next.

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Four weeks ago I deleted Facebook. A week after that I deleted Twitter. I almost deleted Instagram too but I'm having way too much fun following nihilist memes. The thing is you can only try reaching out so many times and being ignored before you give up on everything. What's the point in having social media if nobody is social? There was no constant crying or wanting to die like last year, I mean death would be great but I'm not going too but I'll talk about that in a bit, I just don't feel anything. Nobody cares so why should I? I'd use Facebook as a diary in a way because the 'memories' feature comes in handy for keeping track of things. I'd just write what the latest was or how I was feeling as a status update figuring if anyone was available to talk maybe they'd say something, this was due to how many times I've tried to message someone and getting no reply or watching them go offline and taking it personally that they don't want to speak to me. The sad react feature was the worst thing to ever happen to facebook because it looks like people are sad for you but not enough to say hey do you need a chat or some help with anything? I feel like the car wreck on the side of the freeway that everyone is watching as they drive by but nobody wants to stop to help, which is fine but why are you here? After the rheumatologist appointment things have just been crap and I tried reaching out to people. Every single person left me on *seen*. I waited a week and not one reply. I suddenly had some understanding to why this guy I knew killed himself a few years ago. Nobody replied to him either. I gave up and deleted Facebook. The problem is with how health-related issues have been the last couple of years I relied on Facebook to stay in touch with people but the real problem is people don't understand how much you actually rely on something as trivial as a message to make you feel like you matter and instead claim to know how I feel and how they don't see anyone either and it's bullshit. You have jobs you see people at every day, you have band practice every week, photo shoots, makeup jobs, cosplay conventions, families, husbands/wives/boyfriends/girlfriends/kids/pets... I don't have any of that and you all know that, you just don't care. I can't work (and I really wish I could because being in debt constantly isn't fun), I have two relatives I hear from about three times a year. My social activity involves seeing my GP every 2-3 months and the Coles delivery person. I can go a month without seeing anyone. You don't have a clue what this is like. You don't understand how fortunate you actually are. You aren't alone. Being home alone at the end of the day is not the same thing at all. You have no fucking idea. 

It was three weeks before I heard from anyone that I would consider a close friend and she apologised for being distant and invited me out. Which brings me to another point - if I'm not the one asking people if they want to do anything I don't get asked except for her and I'm not sure what's going to happen when she leaves the country. I'll cease to exist entirely I guess. I might ask her to send me postcards. My psychologist asked me if if I've ever tried to catch up with people and I lol'd because yes I do but as I mention later on there's only so many times you can do that and have it thrown in your face. Then there are other people who I have never asked because to be honest I don't know if they would even want too so rather than deal with any other possible rejection I don't. You want to know what I do get from people? "We don't invite you out anymore because you're too hard to find food for" - I can eat anywhere unless it's some Japanese place. If the menu is all dumplings you're just being a dick. I went to some meat themed restaurant for a friend's birthday and still managed to get a vegetarian food. It was just a shitty excuse on their part. Another friend tells me he doesn't invite me to BBQ's because I don't like *insert name here* as if I have some completely irrational reason for not liking this person. I mean this person almost ruined a wedding job I had by not doing the one thing I asked on the day because I can't be in two places at once (hence why wedding photographers hire 2nd shooters) and then not giving me the photos but sure I'm the one with the problem here and can't be invited over. It's like it doesn't even occur to them to invite me over even once and not the other person. Then there are the people who suddenly declare they want to catch up but I have to come to them. Everyone knows I struggle with travelling but sure I'll travel for 2+ hours on public transport just to make your life easier. My life isn't important. Message received loud and clear. My favourite line is "you live too far away" and again it's on me to go to them. The distance isn't shorter by me travelling instead of you. This is still just saying your time is more important than mine and I have to make the compromises. I talked about this with my psychologist last year how everyone has their best friends they can't live without and I'm not that person for anyone. I could die tomorrow and nobody would even know. I'm nobodies first choice for someone to hang out with ever. She kept trying to tell me that some people just don't know how to be good friends. I know she has a point but I'm still the common denominator here. Surely there's something wrong with me then? When people make it so clear you aren't that important why would you reach out when you really need help? 

“Rejection always hurts but having it come from my best friend was the worst”
Jay Asher

The biggest joke of all is somehow it's always my fault when somebody hasn't spoken to me in ages. Don't blame another person because you suck at communicating. That person is already feeling rejected by you, you don't then get to blame them because you never contacted them. You don't get to tell them that what they're feeling is wrong either. We feel rejected. I've had this happen so many times that you'd think I'd stop being surprised yet I always am, but with each time I just close off more. One psychologist told me I need to break down my walls but only let the right people in but how are you supposed to know who the right people are? They don't exactly have big neon signs on their heads to let you know.

I had a friend have an attitude change while out one night and on the way to her place she decided I needed to leave. I was fine with that, I'm no stranger to mood swings but it was how it all happened that was the problem. We got to her place and she went straight to her room. I was left just standing there with no idea how to leave like she wanted me too because her front door was locked and I couldn't get out. It's humilating having to ask the person who has told you to leave that they need to let you out. It's super fucking awkward. I figured when she was ready to talk she would since I had no idea if the problem was me or not but three months passed with nothing until I got a txt on my birthday. I almost didn't reply but in her mind I was the reason we stopped talking. I had to remind her what happened the last time we hung out. Months passed and we didn't talk again until we were at the same gig. I thought things went ok and the next day I psyched myself up to send a txt to say if she ever wants to hang out to let me know. I never got a reply. Now she just glares at me when we're in the same room together. I have no idea why and I'm not asking. I'm just done trying to please people.

When my back first started really playing up I could barely walk around my home and my two best friends just stopped talking to me. The moment when I needed my friends the most they weren't there. I'm the person who will ask how a friend is when they have a cold but here I was struggling to walk and not once did I get asked how I was doing or if I needed help with anything. Three months later and I was on my 2nd lot of medication. I posted on Facebook about feeling better, I could finally do something like laundry without crying. Suddenly one of them messaged me but instantly started talking about herself. I lost my shit. You can't just be friends with someone only when they're healthy and it suits you. What it basically came down to was she couldn't talk about herself so she had nothing else to say to me this whole time. But after that I spent the rest of the year asking if she wanted to do things, inviting her out and all I got was rejection after rejection. I've even found myself apologising to some people for being in pain and I hated myself for that. I can't help it if I'm in pain and if I start bitching about it it means it's pretty bad but here I was apologising constantly yet nobody has ever told me to NOT apologise which only made me feel like I had too more. I was so sick one night I didn't even feel like I could ask this friend to drop me off at the ER on the way home. Instead she dropped me home and I called 000 as soon as I walked through the door and spent the next 5 hours at the hospital. 

Another person I hadn't spoken to in months because the last time I reached out they found my message amusing. I didn't. I was barely holding it together emotionally at the time and after being humilated at the hospital I didn't feel like repeating that minutes later with a friend when what I needed was someone to have a serious conversation with. Then my birthday came along and I invited a bunch of people and twice she left it on seen. I took that as a sign to stop trying because they're clearly are not interested in socialising with me. But suddenly a month later I'm getting a message how she misses talking to me. Well I'm not stopping anyone from saying hello. I'm right here, easy to find, literally going nowhere but if you've been ignoring the person for months you can't be surprised when they aren't opening up to you later. 

"If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep
last night because you hadn't spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say." 
— Gail Honeyman (Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine)
 

It's just one after another after another. I'm sorry if my problems are too heavy for you, imagine what it must be like being the person dealing with them all? I know nobody understands what I'm going through with my spine and that's cool but if you listened you'd get an understanding but it's like nobody is actually listening most of the time. But don't sit someone down to tell them you don't empathise with them (or change that to sympathise as if that's a better word choice) unless your goal is to push them over the edge. None of this is going to stop me writing about it on here though because Scheuermann's Disease is rare and if I can create some awareness I will. I was always there if someone needed someone to talk too but nobody is ever there for me. I don't feel like I can really have a serious conversation with anyone most of the time. There's one person I have randomly messaged out of the blue but I feel weird doing that when they're in another state and I've only ever met them for 5 minutes. Only once have I been out in public with someone and just candidly talked about depression and suicide and they were totally cool with it. She's also an Arts Therapist so maybe that's why. If someone asks how you are while out they don't actually want to hear the answer to that. Nobody wants to hear you're depressed. Nobody wants to know you have suicidal thoughts. They just want to hear the words "I'm fine". This is something I know plenty of people deal with. Instagram has been amazing for finding people who understand what you're going through whether it's depression or chronic illness. We all have the same stories, we all have the same kinds of friends who just don't understand and think we're being melodramatic/hypochondriac/attention seekers. We all feel alone but through this community we realise we aren't alone in our feelings or what we're going through. 

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Through all of this there's only one person who seems to actually be interested in helping me. I've never asked her too but she does things because she can. At Christmas she bought me a muscle pain relief cream to see if that would help with my back, then expensive anti-inflammatory tea and for my birthday she bought me a diffuser to see if it would help me sleep. She even drives all the way to my place just to come have a coffee and say hello. No motivates anywhere. I have no idea what I did to deserve this woman's kindness but I'm always worried of when that friendship will end and how I will screw it up because allegedly I always seem too. 



The last thing I'm going to talk about is suicide. I've had suicidal thoughts since I was 15. When things are super bad the thoughts come back but they've always been thoughts. I've never done anything despite wanting too. One time I hit a really low point I sat on the kitchen floor for hours trying to think of any reason why I shouldn't and I couldn't. I couldn't think of a single reason why life is worth living and honestly I still don't. What I have found over the years though is you can't talk about having these thoughts with anyone. The moment anyone knows you're in that place they vacate your life - which is precisely what all suicidal people need is for everyone to leave them. December 28th 2017 I was going to do it. It was the first time I was so deadly serious about doing it. I even googled how much I needed to take to be fatal but I didn't have enough pills. Due to how many panadiene forte I was taking per fortnight my GP arranged it so I could get 3 boxes at a time which was just the right amount apparently. I had a box and a half. A week later I saw my GP and told him I needed to see a psychologist again and why. At the time I didn't tell him these thoughts involved my medication because I didn't want my pain killers taken off me but I ended up not taking them for most of the year so I didn't have the temptation in the house. The irony though is now I get severe side effects taking them, one time had me hooked up to an EKG machine. I saw the psychologist from February to October last year and during that time I didn't try to do it again but I had a plan.

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The first page of I Am Not A Serial Killer is about Mrs Anderson who died but wasn't found for a few weeks and the indignity of it all and I felt personally attacked reading it that I needed to take a moment turning to page 2. Turns out it was a great book but that first page still haunts me. That would be me. If I killed myself it would be weeks, maybe even months before I was found. Nobody would even notice I was missing until there's suddenly some smell assuming my crackhead neighbours can smell anything still. So the plan was to be an asshole and do it in a hotel because then I'll be found because I haven't checked out the next morning and I won't be some rotting slimy mess that can't be identified. I used to read about serial killers and forensics a lot as a kid, I know how these things go. Then that became a "If I keep my house messy I won't do it because I don't want people to see this place". Failed logic but welcome to my brain. It's also easy to maintain since my place doesn't believe in storage and if you start an art project on the floor that's half of your place covered in crap.

Since deleting Facebook though it changed again but what I never expected was what happened next.

IMG_7257IMG_7257 I follow an account on my personal instagram that's for people with Chronic Illness. Lots of memes and quotes we all relate to and every single one of us has had the "have you tried yoga" line thrown at us. I commented underneath this particular post and if I said this to a normie they'd lose their mind or shut down completely because the word suicide is taboo let alone saying you have a suicide plan. Saying suicide is the muggle world's version of saying Voldemort. Based on past experiences I was expecting to be attacked or even have my comment removed yet people were writing back their own experiences and how they understand completely but one person stood out - she told me I gave her a reason to live. That threw me completely but if my morose views of the world helps another person then that's great. We got talking after that and we have similar issues in life, multiple health problems and people who don't understand and doctors who can't/won't help. 

Next time I'm opening up to someone is my autopsy

So now I'm at the end and what's my point after all of this? My point is people suck. The only person you can rely on is the person you have to pay $100 an hour for an unbiased opinion. If you're an asshole your psychologist is going to tell you and you paid them for the privilege. So don't sit back waiting for someone to come to you if they have a problem because they won't. If someone is seeing a psychologist/psychiatrist that doesn't mean you don't have to ask them how they're doing either. You have no idea what has happened in their lives. People are icebergs and you probably barely know what's on the surface. I sure as hell haven't shared that much here, I've just given a glimpse into why I (and others like me) don't come to you when we need someone to talk too. You don't know what made them become the person they are today and yes EVERYTHING in our lives shapes who we are, you're ignorant to think otherwise. You don't know how many times they've been let down in life so it makes it hard for them to trust people or come forward. They probably came forward and you left them on seen not thinking it's anything important. Have I asked anyone today? Also no, because I'm trying to deal with my own problems and for a change I'm choosing to be selfish. I'm not reactivating Facebook anytime soon either. Life is so much easier when you make the choice not to see people. If you're going to be ignored anyway it may as well be on your terms. 

Other things to look at:

Last year I put together a Top 50 list of songs about Mental Health with the help of two others (because I don't do heavy metal). #3 is pretty much my theme song.

I want to give a big thank you to Zombie Teeth Clothing for letting me use his artwork on my post. This guy is an absolute legend and supporter of mental health and women's rights. You can follow him on instagram here and if you click on either of the artworks it will take you to his website. 

 

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Health Mental Health RUOK? Day https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/9/ruok-day Thu, 12 Sep 2019 10:36:00 GMT
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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Health Mental Health Portrait Scheuermann's Disease Smash Cake https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/8/anatomy-of-a-photoshoot Mon, 26 Aug 2019 12:18:03 GMT
Stay Loyal to the Royals https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/8/stay-loyal-to-the-royals I was in dire need of an outing and decided to gatecrash my friends show (well it's not HER show, it's Liam's, but she's part of it and that's how I got in there!) and take some photos. It came at a great time because this week was more shitty news (more medical related crap I don't want to talk about) and I needed to see a friendly face but I also scored that night by getting to watch one of the funniest performances I've ever seen. My face hurt from laughing.

The plan was to take some behind the scenes shots as well as the show so I took a few during "sound check" then headed off to grab an OJ before the show began. Ok so I'm at an alcoholic establishment right but I was on a "no caffiene/no fizzy" anything ban for the weekend after my trip to the GP the night before for heart related things. I'm fine, my heart just felt like it was trying to escape my ribcage all week and like my chest was vibrating. I'm not a big fan of water so I asked the bartender if they had Orange Juice and asked for a glass. The bartender ask's "vodka or tequila". The question threw me, am I the only person to ever just order straight juice at a bar? I headed back upstairs and shoved the glass under my claimed seat but anxiety kicked in once the crowd arrived and seats started filling, particularly the seats in front of me because apparently they were all on growth hormones and I realised my short ass was never going to see the right side of the stage even if I moved my seat into the middle of the aisle. I wasn't prepared to sit on the floor because I have the knees of a grumpy 90yr old man and I'd never get back up. So for whatever reason, half of the front row was empty and I made it mine. For the whole show I was thinking yeah this is fine because I took photos during the soundcheck for better angles except there was one big problem there and it looks like this...

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Insert face palming here. 

I realised once I was home and trying to load them on my laptop. I. Am. A. Dumb. Ass.

The show however was hilarious, there was singing, dancing, royal tales and just non stop laughter. Stay Loyal To The Royals is heading to the Edinburgh Festival and everyone is in for a treat! Liam and Larissa - I hope your shows are a massive success!

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Larissa Moran - The Soundtrack Of Life / Instagram / Buy TIX to her show here!

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Comedy Events Fringe Music https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/8/stay-loyal-to-the-royals Mon, 05 Aug 2019 12:11:28 GMT
10 Years Of Scalphunter https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/6/10-years-of-scalphunter This year is a big year for a lot of people apparently. This year marks 10 years of being "Shoot the Wicked Witch", Scalphunter turned 10, and I found out on Friday night so have The Bob Gordons! Seeing as I have some new pain killers I thought I'd test them out and went out two nights in a row to see my fav band play. I know, crazy times! Friday night I took my polaroid down, which is legit the most expensive hobby ever at $15 per pack of film but it's fun just waving a photo around for 5 minutes waiting to see if it even worked only you're standing in the dark so you really can't tell. Good news: I got one decent photo out of 10! I know people with digital cameras who can't claim those odds.

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The other cool part of the night was seeing people crowd surf at Joe's Juice Joint. Like that place is small. Best gig atmosphere I've seen in a while!

Saturday I decided to take my actual camera and see how I go but thanks to Alex I had a lift there and back so that was half of the torture gone from the night. I live about 15 minutes from the Sixty30 but it's actually easier for me to get into the city (which takes me an hour) then to go to that pub via public transport. First thing I noticed walking into the gig side of the building was all of the smoke. We got there for what we thought was the first band, apparently there was one before them, but the room was just filled with smoke. Decided then and there if I was going to be anxious about anything (RE: previous blog where allegedly I don't have pain I have depression and anxiety) it was potential asthma attacks. It was just so hazy.

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Smoke machines at gigs can be cool, especially when backlit because it spreads the colours out and looks wicked in photos. With how much smoke was coming out of this thing you couldn't see the band until it disappeared. 

How a smoke machine should work...

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How a smoke machine shouldn't look unless your plan is to kill people...

What sucked the most was for a chunk of their set I was sitting in front of Alex (near the feet to the left) and I watched as the guy looked right at me as he held the switch down to let off smoke. STRAIGHT. IN. MY. FACE. And Scalphunters obviously, but I'm just talking about me here.  

I didn't go too nuts with the photo taking, but I got a few shots of most of the bands. My neck held up pretty well til the end but I gotta say my knees made me feel like I was about 90 years old. Like my Nan is 80-something and likes to comment how I'm older than her. How great are Nan's right? Most grandmas bake cookies, mine bakes insults. I'm used to one of them being stiff since surgery a couple years ago but this was on a whole different level. A couple of times I sat on the ground/knelt and I regretted it every single time. I was self conscious trying to get up because I was having issues but you do feel sort of ridiculous being in a room of drunk bogans and you're the one staggering to stand up. 

The Wolfbats

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Scalphunter

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It wasn't the best lighting for it but I thought I'd give my new DIY filter a go. This is from my DIY Filter blog last month but I glued some more glass onto it. Best comment of the night came from Swainy while I was holding it: "Kim I didn't know you did meth..". Can someone please have a gig at Amps or The Boston so I can use this filter properly please?

Sixty30-205Sixty30-205 All up a successful night and my back didn't start hurting til it was over. Seats at gigs sure do make a difference! I always laughed at people who sat at a show but sometimes you just need a stool, or a speaker, or the floor...there's nothing I won't sit on. I have to say the pain killers aren't doing a damn thing except fucking with my sleep (I don't need help with that), making me super itchy and giving me a migraine. At this rate I'll stick to the panadiene forte, at least with that it's just a game of Russian Roulette on if I'll have epic chest pains and nausea. WAY easier to deal with! 

You can check out the full gallery here..

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) DIY Health Music Scheuermann's Disease https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/6/10-years-of-scalphunter Mon, 10 Jun 2019 11:31:34 GMT
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They were talking to us all as if we'd all had some injury/surgery we're all recovering from and will be fine in a couple of months and how the pain receivers in our brains are the same ones for depression so anti depressants cure chronic pain. Which I guess is cool if that's what your problem is. Four hours in and the guy in the front row asks "What about arthritis?" and the doctor says "oh no that's different". Insert more Samuel L Jackson monologue here. At the end we're given a form where we can request who we want to see so I just ticked all of the boxes: Doctor because I'd like some pain killers I don't have severe reactions too, Physio incase they know something my physio doesn't, OT because they can help me move and Psychologist because why not. The problem here was there was allegedly a minimum 3 month wait for physio and a minimum 9 month wait for OT. 

Yesterday I had my appointment with the doctor. My appointment was almost an hour late even though I was the only person there and then I didn't even see the doctor listed on my letter. I get a woman who just smiled and had her condescending pants on. She had her mind made up before I even entered the room - I DON'T HAVE PAIN, I HAVE DEPRESSION.

What. The. Fuck. 

This was followed with "Everyone has arthritis" and "Everyone has kyphosis" and my favourite "Everyone has a curved spine, it means nothing". I stood there telling her the doctor at the induction said anti depressants don't help arthritis. She just smiled and shook her head no. Made me take off my shirt where she informed me my back looks just like X, Y and Z's (meanwhile other specialists have commented straight away they can tell I have a problem just looking at me with all my clothes on!) and how everyone's spine has a curve. I'm fully aware of how a spine looks. I've seen enough of them. I even did a project on spines during my fine arts course and my GP at the time let me borrow some anatomy posters. The photo below is an MRI of a completely healthy spine on the left with mine on the right. They are SO SIMILIAR (please tell me you caught the sarcasm there?).

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While technically Scheuermann's Disease is discussed as Kyphosis/Lordosis because at the end of the day these are very different conditions. I shouldn't have to explain this to a person who allegedly went over my files and checked my MRI's (which apparently look totally normal). Kyphosis is generally from slouching or being overweight and some physio or weight training can correct it. We have a whole generation that slouched over computers, playstations and now smart phones. Sit on a train and everyone is looking down at their phones. It's really no surprise that kyphosis would be something common. Scheuermann's is a growth defect where the vertebrae grow incorrectly forming the curve but not everyone with Scheuermann's looks alike either. There are people who look completely normal standing up but if they bend over there's a strange hump just randomly in the middle of their spine. Others have a prominent 'hump' right at the top. I suppose I'm lucky that from the outside it's just one big curve but I'm super self conscious of it. I notice it when I see my reflection and it's the first thing on my mind when choosing what to wear if I leave the house. I'm not even comfortable taking a photo of myself and I've considered it for the purpose of my blogs. 

So with my shirt off she got me to raise my arms while asking where things hurt. Pain doesn't kick in within a second of doing something but I felt like a circus monkey and completely exposed. Then I had to take my shoes and socks off while she got me to walk to the door and back, then again but this time on my toes, then again on my heels..what this has to do with my spine I don't know. Then I had to lay on the bed and raise each leg and her big evaluation was "you're just unfit". Move over Sherlock..it's a bit hard to stay fit when you can't exercise properly. I'd love nothing more to resume to normal activities and lose weight!

The entire appointment was just her harping on that I don't have pain, I'm depressed and unfit and I need medication. She even pointed out my fidgeting as if that proved her case. Who isn't nervous seeing a new doctor, especially when they haven't had the best luck with them? That literally proves nothing. I was also pissy but she wasn't picking that up at all. She then randomly asks me if I had a traumatic childhood, not sure what that has to do with anything but said yes and randomly threw out one particular thing. She then asked me if I was abused. This must have been the first time in my life my poker face was on because she wasn't picking up the fact I was biting my tongue from snapping, I've been told I look like I want to punch someone over less. I actually have an aunt who firmly believes I was, she let me know this when I was 29. I was just dumbstruck, what do you do with that kind of information just blurted at you? I've blanked a large part of my childhood and only remember bad things so I'm pretty sure I'd remember that if it happened. But mostly I wondered if she REALLY thought that why didn't she do something? I mean she helped have my stepdad arrested because she thought she saw him on Australia's Most Wanted when I was 11. Clearly she has no problem dobbing people into authorities. Nope, this doctor is dead set that I could be wrong on that too. She wouldn't listen to anything I said including how I was very fit before everything suddenly got worse. I was walking at least an hour a day, I was out photographing concerts and events, even just a normal photoshoot would have me looking like I might be on speed between being on the floor to being on the furniture. Then in the space of a month I was struggling to walk around my own unit. That improved but I still couldn't walk more than 10 minutes on the treadmill after that. Walking now is dependent on the surface and if I'm carrying anything or how I woke up. Then around mid last year problems started increasing and the last few months my back would lock up. Until then it had only happened once at my first go of hydrotherapy. Since cutting right back on how much I do I have managed to avoid that since January but the area that locks up was also the area that the MRI picked up osteoarthritis etc so I had an answer for what was going on there. As far as she was concerned nope thats not a physical problem something clearly happened in my life to trigger my depression off. Literally NOTHING happened in my life. It was same shit different day. I was super excited to have a space to work in and working on project ideas. I guess I just couldn't handle the excitement of it all.  This woman literally believes I need a psychiatrist and anti depressants. I gave up talking. She asked me if I had anything to say and shook my head no. I'd have a better conversation with the wall. Not only was I irritated that she wasn't helping me with my pain, but my GP and psychologists I've seen have all respected my decision to not want to take anti depressants. I was put on them when I was 20 and I barely remember that year. I know they work for some people and that's great, but I know what works for me. I know when I'm hitting a low point and I'll get someone to talk too. I have severe depression but it's manageable and doesn't stop me from working or anything else. 

She eventually gave me a script for pain killers and emphasised how this is just a bandaid on my situation and won't actually help me...and not to abuse them and wants to see me in 3-4 weeks. I've NEVER abused a drug in my life. I've had multiple occasions where the pain has been severe and I forget I have pain relief in the house, plus you also don't want to move to get them. If I'm at home I'll avoid them as much as possible because at home I can rest til it passes and I have heatpacks. I don't even remember I have alcohol in the house. I have a bottle of vodka I was given 4 years ago untouched. Wait, 2..addiction is clearly something I never have to worry about. 

AND NOW WE'RE HERE...

So next Monday I get to see my GP again. That guy is a total legend except he has a tendency to forget how old I am and will think he has the wrong records up which is just amusing. Previously when I saw him for something and I'd told him about the Pain Management induction, all of the "it's in your head" talk and how long the wait times were he sat back in his chair with his arms crossed, scowled and asked which hospital it was again. I tell him and what left his mouth almost had me laughing because not once in roughly five years I've been seeing him have I heard him swear - and on Monday I get to tell him he's right. They are wankers who can't do their jobs. 

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Health Mental Health Scheuermann's Disease https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/6/surrounded-by-idiots---a-health-update Fri, 07 Jun 2019 21:33:05 GMT
Photography + Horror Movies = One Very Happy Girl https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/5/photography-horror-movies-one-very-happy-girl A year ago I heard about a new photography related horror movie called Polaroid that was coming out and I got super excited because my two favourite things were coming together. Only it didn't. I was beginning to think it was never coming out but last night by chance I came across it on the internet and thankfully for me it didn't suck. I am a huge snob where horror movies are concerned, I prefer a decent storyline and script over just gore. Anyone can put together 90 minutes of someone just killing people for no reason. There's no real talent there - and that also defines most of the 80's. Thank Wes (lol as if I'm going to say God..but Wes is) for Freddy Krueger seriously. I'm also that girl who will bitch hard through a movie if something is inaccurate - in my case obviously that's photography. Every movie featuring a dark room fucks it up royally. You can't stand there and watch your photo develop and hang it up straight away or turn the light on unless you want a black piece of paper because that's how you get a black piece of paper. There's a process - developer - stop bath - fixer - wash. For those unsure, developer is the stage where the photo appears. THEN YOU CAN TURN THE LIGHT ON! When I came across Camera Obscura [2017] I got excited about a haunted camera movie. Most of us grew up watching Amityville Horror and all of the awful sequels about haunted items from the house or if you're like me you read the books too, so why not a haunted camera movie? The movie sucked ass all because of one very big technical problem. The movie might have been fine (though rewatching it now it definitely sucks as a movie in general and turned it off) but that ruined it for me. The movie is about a guy suffering PTSD after a 6 month stint in the war and refuses to pick up a camera ever again. His girlfriend is over his shit and wants him to get a job already and buys him an antique camera thats "like 80 years old". To be exact it's a Kine Exakta 1 made in Germany in 1936 which uses 35mm film (previous model used 127 film same as Box Brownies). This was the world's first 35mm SLR camera. The problem here though is he takes it out around town and shoots 10 rolls of film that he takes to get developed. Firstly I don't know a single person who would waste 10 rolls on an antique camera (or any new camera really), generally one roll to make sure it works or to see if it has any quirks like light leaks. Secondly the guy doesn't have a job and he can afford to get 10 rolls of film developed? His girlfriend's going to be super impressed later. Lucky for him a fire breaks out and he only ends up with 4 rolls - which are all black & white and not colour (which reminds me of a conversation I had while working in a camera shop where a woman couldn't grasp why her black and white negatives couldn't print as colour photos), showed dead bodies and were all stamped with the time and date they were taken which isn't even possible because that feature didn't turn up in cameras until the 90's. I mean seriously how can you screw such a huge detail like that? I don't even remember how this film ends, I just remember how much it annoyed me with that small detail. The other movie that left me wondering was Are You Afraid Of The Dark where a young girl is given a polaroid camera which seems to take endless photos. A cartridge only holds 10 frames...

So now that I've told you what NOT to watch, here's three movies you should check out...

SHUTTER 

Horror ShutterHorror Shutter There's two versions of this film - the original Thai version made in 2004 and the US remake made in 2008 - watch either of them. The differences between them aren't dramatic enough to worry about unlike films such as The Ring and Let The Right One In where America ruined the one amazing scene that leaves you stunned in your seat or how they completely shat on A Tale Of Two Sisters (The US version is called The Uninvited) they managed to stay fairly faithful to Shutter. The small differences are one version the main characters are boyfriend/girlfriend attending his friends wedding and the US version it's their wedding day and the guy has a different name because everybody in the US is called Ben so they'd relate better to than than Tun (I don't know, just a theory since every US movie has a guy called Ben in it). The main difference in the storylines involve Tun/Ben. In the Thai version he's being haunted by the girls ghost and seeing things whereas in the US version it's mostly Jane trying to convince Ben they're being haunted and Ben being the King of gaslighting. The big reveal has also been slightly changed, not enough to start a riot but it does change your views somewhat on his character. 

I've watched the US version the most simply because I like doing multiple things at once (sitting still is beyond me) and I don't have to read the screen that way. The movie centres around a couple who are in a hit and run incident late at night. After the accident the guy who is a professional photographer has persistent neck pain with no explanation other than weight gain according to some scales and every photo taken has some wicked lens flare happening. This also happens with Jane's camera so you know it's not a camera glitch because it's happening on film and digital and later a polaroid camera. The movie focusses on spirit photography (the original film actually features real spirit photos) and eventually Jane discovers the spirit in the photos is someone from Tun/Ben's past while all his friends are dying one by one. Despite the film being 15 years old I won't spoil the ending but if you've ever seen a Japanese/Korean type horror film before you'll have an idea where it's all headed. I have jokingly used an image from the end of the film as my Facebook display photo for my own chronic neck pain. As for spirit photography, I don't know a whole lot about it but I do know people go crazy about "orbs" appearing in their digital photos. Orbs are considered to be balls of spiritual energy. Dust in the air can create orb effects in photos. I don't think it means a whole lot seriously. I've had them a few times in photos and while there's only one been occasion where one photo has nothing and the next has multiple "orbs" I don't really believe in haunted buildings to think it's anything to make a big deal about.  

Both versions are on Netflix so definitely watch both!

POLAROID

Horror PolaroidHorror Polaroid

Ok so I watched this last night and it was decent. Movie starts out like all good horrors do - with some pretty girl (who has no relevance to the rest of the film) dying abruptly for no apparent reason other than that's a great way to start a film, you know, just incase you forgot you put a horror film on five minutes ago. Next thing we have some girl who loves scarves and is given an SX-70 from the guy she works with that he found at a yard sale. A YARD SALE. I have never seen anything that cool at a garage sale or swap meet before. One time I found a Super 8 camera for $30, but that's it. Even opshops price cameras pretty high for what is effectively a shitty point and shoot digital camera that probably won't even work now. Who is going to spend $80 on a chance something works when you can get one brand new for around $100? This is honestly dumb luck in movieland because you can't get any polaroid camera cheap thanks to lomography bringing it all back a few years ago. Polaroid is basically the most expensive hobby you can take up. He lets her know there's a photo still in the camera if she wants to test it and she takes a photo of him. Now what we don't see in this movie is her buying a packet of film for the camera which is the true torture of owning a Polaroid camera. If you have a new camera then no problem but if you have an oldie like this or a Polaroid 600 it's going to take more effort than going to your local shopping centre but somehow she got a packet without any problem after work. Believable. Later that night while she's at a party her co-worker winds up dead and there starts the point of the film - every time a photo of someone is taken they wind up dead.  It's like It Follows but with polaroid photos where each new photo passes the spirit on but once they've killed that person it backtracks to the photo before that. So the next person who dies is this obnoxious girl who is butt-hurt she wasn't in a group photo and takes a selfie. Considering each photo is around $4.50 I'm ok with her dying for a stupid selfie. Like that selfie had want to be an award winning masterpiece and not just a duck face staring back at me. 

Unlike the spirit photography in Shutter this movie the camera itself is possessed as well as the photos. If you do something to the photos it will happen to the person and that would have been cool to have seen more of in this movie. This is also one of the few short horrors (below) that benefited from a feature length film, many like Lights Out just weren't necessary and it some way killed the scare-factor of the story because they were perfect even if only five minutes long. If horror movies freak you out this one is pretty tame. You don't see kill scenes so it's all off-screen except for one minor part and it's more just about the suspense/mystery of it all. 

P O L A R O I D (Norwegian horror short) from Lars Klevberg on Vimeo.

THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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"I'll tell you what it is kids. It's that every fucker in the country thinks they're a photographer now, okay? Any everyone can share an image, and it's awful. It's awful, because it makes everything just like watery piss."

And here we have my spirit animal in the form of Peter Hemmings. 

This is seriously one of my favourite movies and Peter Hemmings has to be one of the best characters ever created. He cracks me up, he just has some of the best lines but it's probably because I can relate as a photographer with a chip on her shoulder. He just comes out with shit without a care in the world and he's so deadpan you would never know if he was joking or not and admittedly I do that myself (so many people think I hate them for this reason and that's just my personality. I don't help people work it out either. Sarcasm is life.) during shoots but it's with my makeup artist buddy Nicola and she's ok with me talking crap....this is also why I will never film a photoshoot for a "behind the scenes" look or I'd have to cover the whole thing with music to block out what we're saying. 

The plot line to this movie is fairly simple: cute girl keeps finding photos of dead people and the police aren't taking it seriously (Fun Fact: the sheriff in this film is played by Mitch Pileggi who is also the sheriff in Polaroid), well-known photographer Peter Hemmings reads about it online and declares he's inspired by "any nut that takes pictures of dead people and posts them online",  decides it's a homage to him and goes on a road trip back to his home town where this is all happening with his assistant, girlfriend and a couple of vapid models. They have a party where all the local girls attend wanting a chance to be a model (where the dialog below takes place and I've had this convo in my head during shoots) and by the next night most of the cast is dead. 
 

Horror Girl In The PhotographsHorror Girl In The Photographs

The other thing that really stands out is a lot of horror films rely on using dark and gloomy rooms a lot to build up tension and for jump scares which are overdone seriously, like that "lets have her open the fridge then when she closes it there's someone standing there.." - cos we haven't seen that a 1000x already - that's like the weak way of making something scary, and there's none of that here. The film is mostly bright and full of colour. No idea if that's on purpose or not but it's a detail that stood out for me. My only issue photographically is early in the movie we have the killer taking photos through a car window with his flash popping, I mean I haven't tried anything like that in a really long time but I can't imagine you'd get much of a photo other than a big flash spot in your photo from the reflection. Could be wrong, I'll give it a go sometime and test it out. You also see the killer printing his photos at home which kinda goes to show how easy it is to be a killer these days. Between 99-02 it was really easy to find messed up stories on the internet and a friend found one about a woman and her boyfriend being arrested after getting photos developed showing them killing her husband. No idea if it was true or not but I had to laugh at the sheer stupidity of these people. Back then digital photography was just really starting to be a thing so unless you had a home darkroom you had to go to the shops to get photos developed. I got my first digital camera as part of a competition in 2000 and it used floppy discs, yes FLOPPY DISCS, so I was still using my 35mm camera and visiting the photo lab regularly until 2007. Now EVERYTHING is digital so you don't need to be a genius in a darkroom and all your photos and nasty little secrets can be stored on your computer where nobody will ever see it! Frightening huh? 

Well that's it. If you know of any horror-photography related films let me know! 

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Horror https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/5/photography-horror-movies-one-very-happy-girl Mon, 27 May 2019 08:55:16 GMT
DIY Filters https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/5/diy-filters About a month ago I came across an article on Twitter about some new arty filters (pictured below) that were going to be for sale for US$195 (or around US$75 each sold through PrismLensFX). Firstly I lol'd but then I cringed. The last big trend in camera filters were prisms which look cool but were expensive (and also hard to get in Australia because customs think they're weapons) but everyone who uses them basically has similar looking photos...which is what's going to happen here. 

lens-filterlens-filter So why is this a problem? I guess it isn't but I've known plenty of people who smash a filter and their first thought is to toss it, not see if they can use it creatively in any way. UV filters are generally used just to prevent scratches on the lens itself. For the past 12 months I've been shooting gigs with filters I've altered which give me some pretty cool effects. I loved the fact that my photos didn't look like everyone else's and depending on the lighting to what kind of effects I was getting. For the most part though I was getting some pretty intense lens flare. The downside to this though was how many times I had some guy look at me like I don't know how to use my camera because it's "broken", or like maybe I didn't know and would just stand their pointing at it until my attention was on them and not the band I'm trying to take photos of. I even had some guy in the city during the week lean forward looking at my camera strangely while I tried to test mine out.

Offspring-062Offspring-062 Basically I was bored and one day and took a hammer to filter #1 which did a good job shattering it. Filter #2 I can't remember if I used the hammer or just threw it at the ground but I ended up gluing the 2nd piece of glass in place. Filter #3 I decided to create after seeing the filters above. I just couldn't fathom who would pay $75 for a filter that would take you less than 2 minutes to create at home. My suburb is pretty much covered in broken glass, so on one of my walks to the shops I just collected a bunch of different coloured glass shards, bought some super glue and took it all home. That filter I haven't used at a gig but it's super subtle so it really needs glass to be more central to be effective. 

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I took them into the city during the week thinking that would be a good spot for street lights but I really overestimated Perth's brightness on a Thursday night. Northbridge may have been better but after walking around Perth I'd had enough and got the train home. These have the same exposures and have been edited identically to show the difference between each one.

Filter #1 lens flare love

Filters-9-2Filters-9-2 Filter #2 almost looks foggy. It really blows out the lighting.

Filters-10-2Filters-10-2 Filter #3 this one is hit and miss to if it works in it's current state. You can see the effects along the bottom of the photo and around the street lights though. Filters-11Filters-11

I decided I'd try them out on my skeleton model Frank too and got some cool effects so I decided I wanted to try this with a person and roped in Bec (model Lamia Emilia) and Nicola (makeup artist Quinn.tessential Effects) for some randomness at my place. We had to wait for it to be dark before I could take any photos so the afternoon ended with us playing Cards Against Disney and I have to say there is just way too much emphasis on Ariel's ladyparts for my liking. When it came to the shoot part itself I got frustrated pretty fast because it wasn't working out like it did with the skeleton and blamed Bec for not being see-through. That's the kind of photographer I am. In hindsight I think I had the kitchen light turned on when I shot Frank, but I didn't take notes. This was all purely experimental though so I could see what would happen with the string lights and my filters and I have a much better idea of what to do next time! It will involve a studio because my place is ridiculously tiny and more lights.

First up - let's all applaud Nicola's amazing makeup work here because you won't see it in the rest of the photos! 

Light Shoot-73Light Shoot-73 I was certain I used all three filters during this exercise but filter 3 had zero effect and for the most part it seems I only used the first filter. Another note for next time is to photograph the filter before I use it to make sure I DID actually use it. 

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Light Shoot-13Light Shoot-13 Light Shoot-27Light Shoot-27 Light Shoot-39Light Shoot-39 Light Shoot-56Light Shoot-56 Light Shoot-64Light Shoot-64 So that's it. My next trick is to use sparklers. Watch this space!

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Experimental Music Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/5/diy-filters Fri, 10 May 2019 15:55:38 GMT
Transformation Tuesday https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/3/transformation-thursday I recently asked my group what sort of things they'd like to see on my blog. Someone suggested I do some "how-to" blogs. This isn't going to be a very good one but it might keep you amused for 2 minutes. 

A couple of years ago I had this really dumb idea to go back to tafe to do the post grad course and soon decided it wasn't for me, half because I thought I was better than everyone else and half due to depression kicking in hard. When my anxiety and that gets bad is seriously affects my sleep, and I already have insomnia so I just consider myself lucky if I can go to sleep while it's still dark outside. One of the cool things I did learn though was frequency separation. I'd heard of it before then but not looked at what it actually was. The "for dummies" version (because I don't know how else to explain it) is it creates two layers of your photo - one is a big ol' blurry mess and the other has been sharpened so much it starts to look like something from a horror movie but together they make your photo look normal. Together with showing us how to add makeup to a photo we had to use this technique on a portrait and edit it 4 different ways. This got funny fast. For one thing I was going to be lazy and use an old photo but realised pretty quickly I couldn't because I haven't taken a basic portrait since around 2006 (also for tafe) and they were all on film and no use to me. Everything else I've taken has included full makeup or glitter, fake blood, spaghetti, paint..and all completely unusable. So I roped Kelly (aka Penny Purr) into modelling for me one afternoon so I'd have something to use only this "normal" portrait shoot lasted about 5 minutes before we noticed these Blair Witch style huts and went a bit nuts. I was amused so much I made a meme.

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Sadly I can't show the normal photos because I lost two years worth of work when my hard drive died so these are all I have left. I do have the photo I used for the assignment though!

This is SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera), completely unedited and as is. The only makeup Kelly has on is eyeliner because there was no way in hell I was going to try and figure that out in photoshop. 

Penny in the Woods-006 OriginalPenny in the Woods-006 Original Edit 1 I kept it very simple. I used the frequency separation to lighten the bags under her eyes and any possible blemishes, adjusted the colour balance to be less orange, adjusted the curves for a bit of contrast and added "lipstick". The lipstick was pretty simple, you just pick a colour and use the paintbrush to paint over the lips (on a new layer!! Never edit on the actual photo!!). I set that layer to Multiply 60%. Done!

Penny in the Woods-006 attempt 1Penny in the Woods-006 attempt 1 My next edit was when I came to this realisation..

Screen Shot 2019-03-14 at 11.24.36 pmScreen Shot 2019-03-14 at 11.24.36 pm This is made funnier by the fact my crazy aunt (some people in the family tree are certifiable) let me know I was the "worst nazi I've ever met". Honestly I wanted to ask her how many she knew. I mean that's a pretty bold statement considering she's the homophobe-racist. I had someone who wanted to hire me when I was finishing tafe, that person happened to be transgender and just wanted photos in their clothes. Nothing major. She tells me "You don't want to work with those people". What people, people with money? So I ended up shooting bands where I don't get paid anything. I guess that worked out for the best! 

Edit 2 I continued on with Edit 1. At first I made her hair this cool blue/green colour but I wasn't sure they'd appreciate my alternative take of portrait editing so went back to natural (I did send that edit to Kelly though to let her know she'd rock that colour if she ever decided to go crazy). Her eyes I did the exact same thing I did with the lips, painted blue over them then changed the opacity to Multiply 50%. Adding blush was a bit trickier to do because you had to get the brush stroke right that it didn't end up looking like a hard streak across her cheeks. I almost completely gave up on doing that. This layer was set to Darken 30%. For hair I made a duplicate layer of the photo and screwed around the colour settings so the whole photo was heavy on the orange. I added a layer mask to hide everything but the hair and from there I played with levels to lighten the hair, vibrance for the colour and brightness/contrast to make it look somewhat natural. Other than that I just edited the "dimples" in her cheeks from piercings. Done!

Penny in the Woods-006 attempt 2Penny in the Woods-006 attempt 2 Edit 3 was a continuation from Edit 2. I removed her freckles, added a texture over the background and added a 50% grey layer to do some dodging and burning. I prefer to do this compared to using the dodge and burn tools on the photo directly. For one thing this is way more subtle and if you make a mistake it's easier to fix up. It's great for adding more depth to photos and some shape to faces but it can also make faces look completely different (eg the nose). By the end you'd never know Kelly was a kiwi! 

Penny in the Woods-006 attempt 3Penny in the Woods-006 attempt 3 Looking back at these now I'm still impressed I pulled this off and it isn't something I've done again. The only area I realise I didn't fix properly was the small patch of hair on the right side of her face by her eye. I should have cleaned that up better but I probably didn't notice it then. 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Editing Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/3/transformation-thursday Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:00:00 GMT
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Fast forward to the end of 2015, after spending that year in and out of hospital with knee surgery and gallbladder related dramas I noticed my back looked worse than normal. I saw my GP and took in my original x-ray results so I didn't have to try explaining what I have (a lot of doctors haven't heard of SD) and watched as his mouth hit the floor that I hadn't had a check up in almost 20 years. The specialist I saw while I was in high school told me I didn't have to unless I started having pains, so I didn't. I was sent for x-rays and referrals were sent out. The first referral was picked up by Fiona Stanley and I was told there'd be a 12 month wait because I wasn't serious enough to be seen sooner. During the wait my back slowly started having problems and then one night at a gig I had a guy make out like I was being a hyperchondriac, the usual well I can't see anything wrong with you and you've been running around all night so you're clearly fine attitude. For one thing, I wasn't running around. Gig photography is more pacing back and forth a few times, and if I get on stage to try and get a photo of the drummer that's still no running involved. It's standing in a corner out of everyone's way and getting down again. I spend chunks of time either standing around or sitting somewhere and not even holding my camera. It was then I decided fuck this and I got on Facebook about what's wrong with my spine. I've always kept it to myself because I was embarrassed by it and spent years working out how to cover it up. Growing up I was bullied relentlessly over it from school kids (I ended up suicidal) to family friends (my favourite line I'll never forget was hearing "she'd be pretty if it wasn't for her back") that I grew up convinced I looked like the Elephant Man and anything with a hood attached became my best friend.

Early 2017 was when things really took a turn for the worse. Suddenly I was struggling just to walk around my own unit, doing laundry was something that would have me in tears almost instantly and the studio space I'd barely had for 3 months was going to waste and the cherry on top was my two best friends stopped talking to me. I had no idea why at the time, I just knew I was going through a really difficult time and I had nobody for support. I later had other friends ask why I don't talk and as I told them if you're best friend doesn't care what's going on why would you assume anyone else would? The 12 months was well and truely up so I rang Fiona Stanley to find out how much longer my wait would be. They couldn't tell me but recommended I get my GP to send in another referral to speed things along. I started seeing physio then as well to see if that would help in the meantime. After two months of physio and being on Tramadol (which is as effective for pain relief as eating sand) I was told to stop doing my own food shopping because carrying two small bags was killing me, he recommended I see someone privately just to get seen sooner. I found one that had an office in Joondalup and did a gofundme so I could afford to see him. Newstart doesn't cover very much, let alone a $250 visit to a specialist. I was blown away by the few individuals who helped me raise the amount in a day, I actually raised more than I was asking. The downside to this was suddenly everyone was an expert about a disease they hadn't heard of until right then, they couldn't even pronounce it yet they knew what I should and shouldn't be doing. If people weren't telling me "get the surgery" without actually knowing WHAT the surgery entailed I was being told I should get a granny trolley to do my food shopping, because somewhere there's apparently logic that one huge dense weight is going to be less of a burden on my spine than 1-2 plastic bags, especially when you live upstairs and have to lift it up and down buses? Someone else told me I need a bicycle, I lack balance as it is without having to lean over something I'm riding on while balancing bags of shopping off of it. That's a ridiculous amount of strain. Then someone recommended I get a chair for the shower and by then it's like I'm talking to a brick wall. My legs work, my spine doesn't. A chair isn't going to help when it's being upright in general that sucks. You couldn't point out how wrong they were though because then you're just an asshole who doesn't want help. I mean we all have spines, how can so many people not understand how they work?

Specialist Appointment #1

First off I wish I had become a doctor because getting $250 for a 10 minute appointment is pretty sweet. I was told my bone density was fine but overall I have the spine of a 60 year old. He told me to not bother with pain killers and physio but rememdial massage might help give some relief because the pain is from inflammation of the spine and what I need are anti inflammatories. I was told to take panandol and nurofen daily and if they don't help get something stronger. As for surgery he said that was an option but he will never recommend it and said it would be as useful to me as a breast enlargement, which was fine because I don't want it. Surgery involves breaking your spine, in most cases removing part of it (in some cases cadaver spines are used to replace areas), you're fused together and a metal rod is screwed into place. On top of that there's a 1 in 10,000 chance of being paralysed or leaving with nerve damage to one or more areas of your body. I've read so many surgery horror stories on the support groups as well including how people have needed up to 10 surgeries to fix things, some have had to have the hardware removed altogether, one had the hardware break, some have had screws come loose and you can see them bulging through their skin, for many it didn't help the pain and they actually had worse pain afterwards and then there were others who needed their neck fused afterwards when they didn't have a neck problem to begin with. 

I was told my options were to lose weight - now he wasn't saying I was overweight (I did gain weight after the gallbladder surgery but my gallbladder affected my liver and thyroid so weight loss is just REALLY hard) as such but losing weight could help and that he has other patients who are obese and come back a year later complaining they still have pain but never bothered trying to lose even one kilo. I've also seen this in the groups where people will scoff at any doctor telling them to lose weight but it's just common sense, which granted a lot of people don't have, but extra weight around your stomach area is putting pressure on your spine to stay upright. Have you ever seen an obese person who didn't look like they were slouching? I was told to never try a back brace because that will weaken my muscles, try pilates/yoga and do hydrotherapy 3-4 times a week. Apparently walking laps in the pool would be good exercise because the water is covering your spine and making you weightless. I tried pilates but honestly I mostly became aware of how much I needed anger management classes every time I put that DVD on. Hydrotherapy was a tricky one because again, Newstart doesn't cover such luxuries. I'd be looking at $50 a fortnight just to go to the pool and that doesn't cover the travel costs. Anyone who thinks being on jobsearch payments is having some kind of a holiday is sadly mistaken. I went once with my brother and the walking lane was only waist deep and that wasn't going to help so spent an hour floating around with my nephew. I got dropped off at the train station and within minutes my entire spine locked up and I couldn't move. So I haven't been back since.. I'm not saying I need a babysitter, but I also don't want to be stuck on my own dealing with that. It's painful, you can't move and in some cases you aren't sure how long it's going to last. At least with a friend along for the ride you have someone to help you take your mind off things and it's some kind of twisted excuse to sit around and have a coffee. 

About two weeks after this appointment I was at a gig where some drunk idiot decided it would be a great idea to get rough and shake me back and forth. As he let go I almost hit the ground. I left about an hour later from intense neck pain. Physio started being less about my back and more about my neck. My neck pain would be so severe I wouldn't even know my back was hurting. My birthday gig I spent half of it on the floor with an ice pack and then spent a couple of hours in the ER at Fiona Stanley being treated like the Friday night drug addict until she finally looked up their computer system and saw I was telling the truth and waiting to see their specialists. Like if you're dying maybe pick another hospital. That night I was given panadiene forte. I had enough for two weeks which went pretty fast and then I was back at the GP's (not my normal one) asking for a new script. You'd think I just asked him for heroin for the reaction I got. My normal GP sorted it so I could get 3 boxes at a time. At the Royal Show the pavillion had all kinds of crap for sale and I felt like an old person testing out the pain relief stands. The first one was heat packs in different sizes for your back/neck etc My neck was hurting so I tried it. It felt like it helped some but then my back was in pain instead. Then I found a guy selling TENS machines and he commented on how I needed it 3x the level of a regular person so I wasn't wasting my money on that. The next time I saw physio I told him about it all and he told me the brain can only focus on one pain at a time, so it will focus on the one that's worst. In my case that's my neck, so yes the heatpack worked but then that just allowed my brain to realise my back was in a heap of pain too. It's not that my back wasn't in pain it's just that your brain can't multi task. Due to the fact my neck was getting worse and not better he told me to go and get a CT scan which picked up I had arthritis. I made a joke about being old and my GP very sternly said "no, it takes a serious injury to cause that".

The hardest part of dealing with the neck pain was having to give up my studio space when I hadn't even had it a year yet. I had so many plans and shoot ideas and I didn't get to do any of them. 

Specialist Appointment #2

I finally got to see Fiona Stanley almost two years after the referrals were sent out and for the amount of time it took to travel there and back I was in that place for maybe 10 minutes. If that. I didn't even get to see the doctor, I saw some woman who went back and forth a couple of times because apparently their doctors are too good to see patients themselves. All I got told was surgery isn't an option, to stop taking my anti inflammatories because there's no way I'm inflamed every day (despite the fact they're the only thing helping me do the most basic of activities) and when I asked what to do in regards to Centrelink/work I got told to lie. Literally. She told me that if a potential employer asks just tell them the pain is intermittent, except it isn't. As soon as I'm on my feet for an hour (or walking) the pain kicks in, just standing at a gig and I'll end up with either back pain or neck pain. I can't turn my head properly. I can't sit normally as I discovered attempting driving lessons, that was when I realised I always sit sideways in car rides or on public transport so my back isn't actually against the seat and given I can't handle carrying a 1.5kg camera obviously any form of lifting is out..i'd be fired before the end of my first day! 

Specialist Appointment #3

My 2nd referral was picked up by Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital a few months later in September 2018. A woman came out to get me and commented that I looked familiar, I was so tired I didn't really think much of it. Her and another lady took me into an office and asked how they could help me. So, maybe slightly agressively, started saying how unhappy I was with my last appointment that I wanted another opinion. She looked something up on her computer and sure enough, it was the same woman from Fiona Stanley. The upside was after putting my foot in it, this appointment was taken more seriously. The actually physically looked at me and tested my reflexes and discovered I have hyper reflexes and I had to not laugh when the other lady wanted to check and as she crouched in front of me to tap my knee she suddenly moved sideways so she didn't get kicked in the face. She also explained that the reasons I have pain lifting my arms (taking photos, laundry etc) is because as you raise your arms your spine moves with it and because of the shape of mine it's restricted in the movement and straining - that's the dumbed down version because I don't know how else to explain it. Basically Hills Hoists are under appreciated in this country. So I left there with some better information and due to my reflexes I was sent for an MRI to make sure I didn't have a compressed spinal cord.

The MRI was on Grand Final day. I know this because that was on the TV in the waiting room. The MRI itself was meant to take 30 minutes but because I coughed briefly for like a whole minute at one point it took an hour. By the end I felt like I was lying on a knife's edge, it was just so sharp and painful. I don't lie on my back ever, if I do it isn't for long or on a mattress which has some give, so lying on my back for an hour on a hard surface was awful. The MRI results had a heap of big words thrown in there. Basically I have prominent thoracic kyphosis which we already knew, early disc degeneration in the mid-lower thoracic spine, minimal posterior disc bulge at a number of levels, bilateral facet arthropathy (aka arthritis) at a number of levels in the mid-lower thoracic spine with some osteophytosis (more commonly known as "bone spurs", are outgrowths of bone tissue that form around damaged joints. This bone growth is thought to be a compensatory response to bone and ligament damage, and is meant to restrict movement of the joint to protect from further damage. These can cause muscle weakness and spasms, pain, stiffness and numbness/tingling if it presses on a nerve) or sclerosis. From these results I was then referred to the pain management department. This was the first in two years where I felt like there was actually some progress.

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Pain Management Department

I saw them a couple of weeks ago and honestly it was a joke. Now prior to this appointment I landed in the ER with severe reactions to codiene and was told to stop taking it but that nobody can give me anything else and that the PMD will be able to help with that. So now I'm on Panadol Osteo which is affective as Tramadol. PMD make you attend a sort of induction where you're introduced to all the different doctors but you have to attend that to get an appointment. It went from 9am - 3pm and for most of the day listened to how "pain is in your head" and "rewiring your brain" until half way through the day a guy in the front row asked "what about arthritis?". The doctor says oh that doesn't count that's different. Like wtf?! So by the end of it all I knew was there was a minimum 3 month wait to see their physio and all I want to know is if they possibly know something my current physio doesn't, minimum 8-9 month wait to see the occupational therapist, no idea how long before you see the doctor/psychologist etc. I asked a nurse at the end about pain relief and she tells me to tell my doctor that he can call their doctor for advice. I saw my GP yesterday and told him, he looked sceptical and asked me which hospital this was with then proceeded to call them useless wankers who can't do their jobs and said "when did I send your referrals through, like 30 years ago?". I wanted to laugh, I've never seen this side of him before! So 2019 looks like being another wasted year of waiting for medical professionals to do anything remotely useful. 

Everything Else

So in the space of three months in 2017 I went from being able to walk an hour a day on the treadmill at a decent pace to not being able to walk around my unit. Once I was getting better I still couldn't manage more than 15 minutes so I sold the treadmill. Over the couple of years this covers I've gone from being active to not being able to do a whole lot of anything. I went from 1-2 every fortnight and seeing friends to cutting right back and finding that people I thought I was friends with I'm not because I just don't exist anymore. Sadly that became abundantly clear two weeks ago that if I'm not taking photos I'm nothing, I didn't even get a hello from some. I had to give up my studio space which is something I always wanted and despite it being small and a sauna at the best of times it was still a space I could do whatever I wanted in and now that's over. 2018 was a right off for my mental health dealing with this disease, neck pain, friends disappearing, and just feeling worthless. I saw a psychologist for 11 months and most of that was dealing with suicidal thoughts, I never did anything but I had a plan and that was enough to freak a couple of people out. When you're dealing with chronic pain on a daily basis and your entire quality of life has disappeared that's going to happen. As of last December I declared I quit photography until further notice. In the last couple of months my spine has been locking up after being at a gig or just going out and the pain is so severe and lasts for hours that I reached a point that photography isn't worth the pain I have to deal with. Since then I've picked my camera up twice: one for a shoot in my bedroom for a bit of fun where I got to sit on the floor for most of it so it was really easy, and a gig where I spent 90% of it sitting outside. I even used xmas money to buy a polaroid camera because they're super light and in some way I can still pretend to be a photographer. I mean it's still a camera.

In between all of this I've also been dealing with Centrelink. Trying to let them know what I can/can't do (and the can't list being a whole lot longer) I started with one person getting me to fill in a form to see if I need a disability job provider or not. Months pass and I get a job network appointment only they have no idea what i'm talking about and I get sent back to Centrelink. The woman I see tells me to apply for disability and gave me the paperwork. A couple months later I get an email from them at 1am to tell me it's been rejected and to call for more info. I ring up the next day and a woman tells me I'm not "stabilised" and that I can appeal it. I tell her I want to and she lets me know I have 13 weeks to provide more evidence. I wasn't really sure what else I could provide in evidence when I have x-rays that you can't really argue with and specialists letters. Physio gave me all of his notes to hand in so when I did that one woman I spoke to let me know that Centrelink reject all new applications whether the person is worthy or not but also explained that stabilised means you have an official diagnosis and careplan which I do. The next woman told me there's 4 levels of appeals and each appeal a new group of people are looking at it. So basically each time it's going further up the food chain. A couple more months pass and I call up to see how its going and a guy lets me know that I should have heard something by now but has requested they speed it up. Next thing it's almost Christmas and I'm calling up yet again only this time i've got some really rude woman on the phone telling me that I'm wrong and I didn't lodge an appeal and I lodged a request for why I was declined (like that's a pretty big difference and I know what was said!), then telling me my medical certificates say I'll be better within 2 years so I'm not even eligible without knowing WHY I've applied and then when I point out i'm currently waiting to see the pain management department she goes to full bitch tone asking why. I mean you can't just sign yourself up to these things because you're bored but it's always nice to know that someone in a phone call centre knows better than a Neurologist. Allegedly it's in appeal now and I'll probably hear about that in March. I'm not holding my breathe but disability would sure make life easier being able to afford physio, hydrotherapy, joining a gym (weights are meant to help with my back muscles but I can't afford a personal trainer to tell me what's safe exercises or not), getting around (so much of my money goes on Uber or having things delivered)...and just my mental health in general not having to stress every single fortnight about how far I can't make money stretch.

At the moment I'm trying to work out how to stay creative and not repeat 2018 mental health crisis. I'm trying to paint but my brain is having this conflict that if I take up painting again (I studied Fine Arts years ago) that it's admitting defeat with photography. I have enough bits here to do things, I just need to work on actually doing them. My other issue is Centrelink and if they reject my disability claim again it means I have to work. The biggest problem here, other than I wouldn't keep the job very long, is people would see me at a gig and assume I'm fine but the reality is I needed pain killers just getting ready, took more while I was there, and took more when I got home. I was taking 6-8 pills a day if I left the house and that wasn't even that active. I made a point to try and avoid taking them at home because at least here I can lie down and rest until however long it takes to pass. Working would mean taking that many pills every single day, if not more, and I recently found out that apparently 35mg of codiene is a large dose..and I was taking 280mg every outing. To be fair that was the max I could take a day, but I was taking that within about 6-8 hours. On top of that you don't know how you're going to wake up in the morning. Some days I wake up and I can't turn my head properly, twice last year I woke up with a dead arm from a pinched nerve. It's just all very unpredictable and doesn't help the motivation levels to want to do anything. Supposedly once you're in with the Pain Management Department they help you reclaim some of your life to get your back into doing things, but I have no idea how long that's going to take. Maybe 2020 will be my year?

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Health Mental Health Scheuermann's Disease https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/3/rare-disease-day Fri, 01 Mar 2019 13:14:29 GMT
Captain Marvel..who the hell is she? https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/3/captain-marvel-who-the-hell-is-she Back in December Quinn.tessential Effects and I booked Huzzard's studio for some body painting shoots where we also threw in a quick couple of cosplay Christmas shoots and smack in the middle I shot Donald Trumpet. I knew the day was going to hurt but I didn't realise how much. That day KILLED me. Literally. I'm not even talking write now it's my snarky ghost typing this out. I'd just past the half way mark and I was lying on the chair things (I don't know what you call them they weren't chairs exactly) because my body had admitted defeat and wasn't moving anymore. My spine does this awesome thing over the last several months where it locks up and I can't move and the pain is unbareable. It did that. I couldn't stand up properly for about half an hour while I tried to walk it off and basically demanded someones phone for Uber Eats (mine wouldn't load) so I could take some pain killers. This meant that I made Ashayla Webster stand around for some time in full bodypaint while I tried to become functional again. This is also why I quit photography until further notice. I just can't cope anymore. The gig I shot in January I spent about 95% of it sitting outside and still ended the night in the green room lying all over the couch because I was done being upright. That's also a problem with Scheuermann's Disease/Osteoarthritis pain - sitting doesn't even really help. Being upright in general is just hard work at times and you just really need to be horizontal. The pain management department on Monday kept going on about pacing and how they can help with getting you to build up how long/far you can walk or sit..how about being upright in general?

Eventually we got back into it and I was told off for dragging a stool over instead of asking someone to get it for me (I'm also incredibly stubborn because I'm used to doing things on my own) but as I was about to shoot I told Ashayla "I hope you know what to do here because I don't even know who Captain Marvel is!". Unlike my Death Note shoot, this was completely Quinn.tessential Effects concept. I never heard of Captain Marvel until the end scene of that last Avengers film. I have no idea what she does other than apparently have a killer Resting Bitch Face problem (I've seen photos) or anything so for the first time ever it was all on the cosplay model to pull this off, though if you're a cosplayer/cosplay model I would assume you'd know who you are cosplaying as or why are you even bothering? The worst part about these shoots is the shoot itself is done in about 10 minutes, despite the hours it took to paint it. Next time I need to do some behind the scenes/time lapse photos. For some of the shots I just cleaned up the background a bit but didn't alter the painting itself. I didn't even clone out the nipple covers because I didn't want to disrupt the brushstrokes. I did however remove them from the pictures below this!

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So with all this free time on my hands now I thought I'd get a bit fancy with my editing. I'm no digital artist but I wanted to have a go at using flames in the photos. I looked up promo photos and posters for the Captain Marvel movie to get some ideas on what to do and hit up some stock sites.

This was the first one I did. I wanted to put some fireballs in her hands and give it a background. Tutorials made it look pretty easy but I spent way longer than I'm going to admit on them. With the background I put a blue/red gradient over it and added one of my astrophotography photos over the sky to give it a bit of a star effect. It's super subtle. The biggest pain in the ass with this photo was the wig, where the seam runs at the back there was a lump and it was just horribly weird looking so I darkened the edges to try and hide it more and blend in with the background.

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Credits: Fire 1 by Adonyi Gabor / Fire 2 by Skitterphoto / Fire 3 by Moein Moradi / Ottawa by Marc-Olivier Jodoin

This next one I figured would be easier because I know what I'm doing, but nope. When I shot this I had Zac hold the fan closer and on an angle so we could get her hair moving. Great in theory but it made working around the edges harder. There are ways in photoshop to do selections for this kind of thing but I hate them so I end up doing some things the hard way but for me it's quicker and less frustration. I accidentally left off one of the photos used to make this, but the background is clouds with a fire layer over the top which gave the sky it's colour and contrast and just overall made it look more superheroey/apocalyptic. The fire around the edges was quite a few layers that I manipulated the shape of.  

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Credits - Fire credits same as above / Clouds by Billy Huynh / Solar Flare (used over the clouds) by Pixabay

This one I kept more basic. I played with the colour settings so she blended with the background more then added a couple of duplicate layers to create movement blur.

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Credits: Cityscape by Jiarong Deng

Lucky last, this pose was just asking to be turned into the iconic "We Can Do It!" poster! I spent ages looking for a template when I realised I could have made it ten times in photoshop by myself and I'm just lazy. 

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The movie is out on March 8th so I'll see it at some point and finally find out who she is and why she's so important.

If you like the photos you can grab prints through the store here.

Here's some links to finish this off!

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Gofundme to help me get a new computer which will help me continue creating photos like this and more!
Model Ashayla Webster - Facebook / Instagram
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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Cosplay Editing Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/3/captain-marvel-who-the-hell-is-she Fri, 01 Mar 2019 03:00:00 GMT
Death Note https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/2/death-note After watching IT in 2017 I decided I wanted to try a project doing my favourite characters but with a fashion spin. This was basically a spin-off of an idea I had back in 2012 that I'm still yet to do but I have all the masks ready to do it. I have until I die so it's all good, they'll get done! I'm not a cosplayer but I do like edgy fashion portraits and I like creating characters for photoshoots or telling some kind of a story so I wanted to combine all of those elements into one shoot. I didn't get very far with this because such projects require money and I don't have any. Every time I thought I had some spare cash something would come up and it's something that's become more difficult with my back deteriorating so quickly. My first photo shoot was the character Ryuk from Death Note. Death Note is an awesome anime about a book that if you write someone's name in it they'll die. You can get creative with their deaths but it has to be feasible, so for the most part everyone dies of a heart attack. The books belong to Shinigami's, in this case Ryuk whose bored one day and drops his book so a human will find it. When Ryuk isn't bored he's obsessed with apples. He chucks full tantrums about getting one. This was probably the only anime I really got into but when they killed off L I stopped watching it about two episodes later (like me, L loves all things sugar), I think I have around 4 episodes left to watch and in the 8-9 years since I originally watched it I still haven't finished it. When Netflix announced they were doing a live action adaptation I took that as a great time to do this. By the time I was doing the shoot though it had just aired on Netflix and it was a massive disappointment. In the anime Light is an A-grade student, everybody loves him but he's a psychopath then you have Misa who is this adorable goth girl who also finds a book and is madly in love with Light. In the Netflix version Light is a complete loser that gets punched in the first 5 minutes and you're kinda glad about it. I was hoping he'd get punched again when he started screaming like a little girl. The whole movie is him using the book trying to impress some cheerleader (the Misa equivalent) and it's just one huge cringe-fest. After watching that I decided whatever I did with my photo shoot can not be worse than that movie. Even Ryuk was a let down. There was a lot of Ryuk sneak peek articles before the movie was released to get people excited and in the film you don't see much of him and when you do he's in the dark. They really wasted his character as far as I'm concerned.

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I love styling photo shoots! I like being in control of outfits and props and making my photo look how I want it to as much as possible. It's actually amazing I let makeup artists have their own say but I do give them examples of the sort of style I'd be thinking of. I'm not quite a control freak with photo shoots, but I'm close. I had a lecturer tell me once I should consider being an Art Director. Honestly if I had my own studio space I would go full nuts. I want nothing more than a space large enough to build set designs. I was going to keep the outfit looking somewhat close to Ryuk but with my spin on it. Some bits were easy because I already owned the Death Note, the heart earring was easy to copy because I had a pair of dangly silver hearts, and probably a 1/3 of my wardrobe is on the goth side. I went opshopping for some extra bits and bought a shirt, belt and a big chunky ring and asked a designer friend if she wanted to help with it. It got to about 2 weeks before the shoot but nothing eventuated so I got her to send me back the shirt so I could work on it myself but then one of my neighbours decided they needed my mail more than I did so I never got it. This left me with a few days before my shoot in a mass panic on what on earth I'm going to do for a costume. I raided my wardrobe and found my Punkrave dress I bought a couple years ago through Beserk but never got to wear it because it was 1cm too small (then to add insult to injury I gained 12 kilos after my gallbladder surgery from complications). Decided it would be perfect because it's black, sexy and has skulls on the waistband and just crossed my fingers that the model would fit in it. I'd bought a feather garland (I don't think that's the right word but I'm using it) from WISH which turned up in time and I hit the art store for foam sheeting and shoulder pads. I remembered hearing cosplayer's use foam for their costumes so decided it was worth a go.

IMG_7919IMG_7919 I cut the foam so it was the right size to glue onto the shoulder pads and shaped the ends to be like feathers. I painted them black and glued wire unto the underside so I could shape them to be on random angles and attached the feathers (above) along the edging. I'm not crafty in the slightest so knowing how to attach these properly as shoulder pads was beyond me but I ended up using ribbon and on the day just a couple of safety to pins to hold it in place better on the dress.

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The Shoot

We did the shoot at my short-lived studio space. This was around the time I realised it was honestly too small for projects where I want to try and get the whole body in it. I'm no digital artist so I try to get as much done in camera as possible. The studio was part of some old office building so you walked through a door into a small area which had two rooms coming of it, one was mine. The guy using the space we had to walk through wasn't there and since my room couldn't fit 4 people we invaded the common area to do the makeup. This was my 2nd time working with Quinn.tessential Effects and I gave her creative licence on the makeup and she made some kick ass eyelashes for it. They were huge! I didn't bother doing a casting call for this shoot and just asked Ashayla Webster straight up if she was keen. I wanted someone competent for this shoot and I've worked with Ashayla a couple of times before and knew how prepared she would be for shoots even turning up to one with a notebook of pose ideas. She was also tall and slim like Ryuk, but if i'm going to real for a moment I'm 5'1" so everyone is super tall by comparison. It's possible I exaggerate how tall people really are in my mind. 

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IMG_8999IMG_8999 The shoot itself was super easy, take photos with book, take photos with apple...pretty much done! The editing I photoshopped her eyes to look like Ryuk's. His are yellow and red. I was worried they made the photos look like crap but people assured me they looked fine. Other than that I desaturated the yellow/magentas to make the skin whiter. Lighting was just a light in the back corner with a blue gel and a light from the front with a beauty dish - that's my most used photography accessory! 

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We tried to write Netflix in the book, but couldn't see it very well so I added it in Photoshop. Netflix wasn't harmed so clearly my book is a sham. This photo I added a cloud layer to the background trying to make it look dark and gloomy. I tried to make the blue light in the background into a moon for a couple but it looked really awful so I only kept it in one photo.

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LINKS

Model Ashayla Webster - Instagram / Facebook

Makeup Quinn.tessential Effects Instagram / Facebook

Dress Punk Rave - Facebook

 

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Cosplay Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/2/death-note Tue, 26 Feb 2019 01:15:00 GMT
Off With Her Head! https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/2/off-with-her-head Death to Alice

2009-2010 I bought myself an Alice in Wonderland costume for a photoshoot on Ebay. I had a Snow White costume so I wanted to work my way through my fav Disney princesses. Not that Alice is a princess..but let's not get technical ok? When it showed up it didn't take too long to realise it didn't look like the picture shown and the bodice area was a thin material that you could see through, thankfully that wasn't obvious with the photos! I was aiming to make the character more alternative anyways with a corset etc so I figured I'd just go with it and see how it goes.

I put out a casting call on Facebook for a model interested to be Alice. One model was keen but then she went and did the shoot with another photographer and wrote publicly that I was "jealous" because she jumped ship, also apparently I'm not very good. Sure thing. That pretty much summed up Perth in that time, it was just so petty it was ridiculous. If people weren't talking crap about each other they were stealing each others ideas right from the networking groups then using the "nothing is original anymore" as an argument. I stopped giving too much away in my casting calls after that and still managed to end up at the top of someone's shitlist after my Red Riding photoshoot. That was another costume I was keen to use and the only person who knew what we were doing was the makeup artist, I don't think I even really told the model until right before it, yet somehow someone allegedly had told this photographer who I hadn't heard of until that day that I was stealing her idea (literally didn't: we had different costumes, different models, different locations. Not one thing in common other than the character) but she made sure to tell the world I plagiarised her so everyone would bomb my page with horrible comments. I love that the only insult people have on the internet is by saying "your photos suck". Oh man, sick burn! Watching people argue over who "owns" Red Riding Hood was hilarious. You can't lay claim to a story written by the Grimm Brothers back in the 17th Century! So back to Alice, the Tim Burton film came out that year and next minute every camera owner in Perth was doing an Alice shoot. There was overkill on girls all wearing the same costumes, all sitting in parks (or studios) with the exact same props all doing tea parties (because apparently nothing else happens in that book)..it was so monotonous I declared I was killing off Alice. No fucks given. Until then I had no real concept other than to make Alice 'goth' looking but Perth helped inspire me to make it gruesome.

I found myself a model (Zoe Lovage) and makeup artist (Eclectic Styles) keen on the idea and we met up in the city one night to do it. The general idea was Alice was being hunted by the Queen Of Hearts (unseen) and attacked with cards. I got my friend to help assist which translates to "watch my bag". With how often I move around or turn my back to my gear I didn't want it just laying around in the CBD at night unwatched. Styling was a mix of elements from myself and Zoe. I brought the dress, the gloves and the hair clips are by Leg Avenue. Zoe owned the corset, and shoes. To be honest I can't remember who owned the stockings, I know I own them but pretty sure she did too.

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At the time I was ok with my photos but I wasn't "OMG WOW" over them either. This was 100% on me though because I hate myself if think I failed the team and I didn't really know how to use my flash. I was using a super basic one that didn't really have much in the way of settings other than the on/off switch. These were taken with my Canon 400D as well where the highest ISO setting is 1600. With the way my health has been and the lack of being able to shoot I decided last year to revisit them and see how my editing has changed since then and I'm so much happier with the photos! I kept the editing to a minimum in Lightroom just doing the basics like adjusting exposure/contrast then used the frequency separation technique in Photoshop I learned at tafe a couple years ago.

This example shows the RAW image, my original edit and my edit from 2018. This photo I had bounced the flash off the wall in the alley way trying to avoid it being flat lighting. 

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For this shot we were both lying in the alley way on god knows what. I'm always lying down at some point in a shoot (I like getting different angles) but I love it when models get into the spirit of the shoot and are cool with getting down and dirty too!

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Links

Model Zoe - instagram 
Eclectic Styles (now a hairdresser) - Facebook / instagam

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Cosplay Horror Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/2/off-with-her-head Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:40:13 GMT
The White Violin https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/2/the-white-violin It's cliche but everyone has been told at some point that "music saves lives" or helps people through hard times. For me that was My Chemical Romance. My mum had died of cancer in November 2006 and around that time The Black Parade was a big deal. February(?) 2007 they were in Australia for the Big Day Out and did a side show in Perth and my younger brother and I went and saw them. Probably the only concert where I remember nothing because there were so many kids there we stayed by the bar. HOWEVER I became a pretty big fan of theirs and got the CD's (I got my high school friend who was living in Canada to help me out with one because I couldn't find it anywhere) and the dvd....and then in September MCR singer Gerard Way brought out his first comic The Umbrella Academy, so obviously I had to get that too. Six issues later and I was completely fascinated by Vanya, the "ordinary" Hargreaves child. She's the black sheep of the family, seems to have no (or few) friends, is ok but nothing special with her violin and basically nobody wants her around. She's prayed upon by an evil troupe wanting to end the world using her and she becomes The White Violin. I could somewhat related to her, only I'm still waiting to find out what my supervillan power is other than an intense resting bitch face that tells people I want to punch them. 

I loved this character this much I wanted to do a homage to the character. In 2015 I found a violin on Gumtree for sale for $15. I couldn't pass this up and got a friend to go collect it for me. It then sat collecting dust for a few years while I pretended to find a model who was going to be ok with posing nude. Technically they aren't even nude, paint is a covering of sorts.

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Now years ago there was talk of an Umbrella Academy movie which never happened, then suddenly Netflix was making a show. This made me want to get my photo shoot done before the show came out. I'd been sitting on it so long I didn't want people thinking I was only doing it because of the show. I found a model in late 2018 and in December we had a go at it. It didn't go as planned but we were close. I forgot to bring some stuff to try styling the wig, the lighting is far from perfect because the studio lights were awful. The big one gave enough light for the whole area, but I could play around with anything else because the stands wouldn't hold the lights in position so I just felt rushed and limited at the time with what I could do and when I get stressed I internally shut down. I don't talk much about what I'm thinking and just stress out about everything following what I'm doing instead. So the plan is to redo it at a later date where I won't be so rushed and can do it properly. I do have to give big shoutouts though to my model Amanda who was a champ getting completely painted up and unable to shower before leaving because the shower was in the building next door, and to Quinn.tessential Effects for doing the painting.  I've shared a couple of shots on instagram last week but now that I've just spent the last 10 hours binge watching the show (I may have been refreshing Netflix all day impatiently waiting) I thought I'd write a blog about it because...I have thoughts.

WARNING: If you don't want spoilers don't read on.

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The problem is I don't read much because I have a hard time concentrating. I always have done since I was a kid. My brain will quite literally go off in five different tangents and it can take me an hour to read one page depending on the day, so for most things like Harry Potter I don't know how bad the movies are from the books and I plan on staying ignorant to how much they left out of the movies BUT then there's stuff like this which I've read about 4 times and became a diehard fan of the character that I'm sitting here super shitty at 3:30am because of what they have done. 

The short version is The Umbrella Academy is about a whole heap of babies born at the exact same time to women who weren't pregnant earlier that day. Sir Reginald Hargreaves goes about adopting the ones he can find and ends up with seven children. Some babies died, some didn't so god knows how many are still out there in the world. All but one has super powers (all different so one can say "I heard a rumour.." and it will come true, another can talk with the dead, one can suddenly have octopus legs..) and in the comics you see them as 10 yr olds fighting the Eiffel Tower and other cool things. 

The tv show itself is fine, it's entertaining and I had alot of laughs and it has an awesome soundtrack but it also went WAY OFF COURSE!!!! I get comics don't have a huge amount of material to work with and they need to embellish to make it movie/tv show length but why do they need to completely change everything about the storyline? They fully merged Apocalypse Suite and Dallas together and gave two villains Hazel and Cha Cha much bigger parts than their comic counterparts. This was a bit of a red flag for me because everyone on instagram was losing their shit over these guys and they really aren't in the comic that much and I wondered if they were going to skip the entire Vanya storyline. Apocalypse Suite is solely about their dad dying, Number 5 suddenly reappearing after being missing for like 17 years, everyone reuniting at the funeral (except Vanya), Number 5 announcing the world will end in a few days and they have to stop it, Vanya being dismissed by her siblings and she's manipulated into joining an evil troupe who do some science to bring out her powers in full force which turns her into The White Violin so she can play the Apocalypse Suite and end the world. The sequel Dallas takes place afterwards where she's in hospital with amnesia after being shot and the main focus is on Number 5 and his time travelling and what happened in his time away which includes how he's meant to assassinate JFK - which is where Hazel and Cha Cha come into it. They're sent to find him and are completely sugar-crazed, 100%  psychotic and torture/kill people. Hotel Oblivion is the 3rd part of the tale but I haven't read that yet. I'm waiting for it to be in a compilation format. 

While watching the show though with particular scenes that are quite violent in the comics the scenes in the show didn't even make me blink, like nothing happened, that I wondered if this was actually rated PG. It's not, it's an MA15+ but it's definitely been tamed a lot. One particular element of the show I was quite happy with involves Number 6 who dies at a young age in the comics and you don't know a whole lot about him which they elaborated on. You have Number 1 (aka Luther) who has an ape's body and it was great to see they actually showed him without a shirt on, I wondered from promos if he was just going to walk around with his coat on the whole time (All faith in Netflix adaptations was lost after Death Note). Number 5 who is a time traveller was spot on. I thought Aidan Gallagher did an awesome job bringing him to life, as did Robert Sheehan as Klaus (aka Seance), he pretty much steals every single scene he is in but in the comics he looks more like a corpse/vampire he's so pale like I would have expected an albino for this role! Diego wasn't nearly snarky enough, Allison wasn't all that interesting but they made her into an overly-caring sister and that threw me way off because in the comics nobody gives a shit about Vanya, not even her sister. Then there's Vanya. Her storyline was so completely different. It all comes down to a guy. Why do these things need a love interest? Why can't it just be her family sucks and she turned to the bad guys, you know..like Darth Vader. Oh wait..So a guy came along, she misses taking her medication because she slept on his couch and realises she's run out of her prescription which seems to have been suppressing her powers because now she's feeling things, said guy helps her develop her powers but he's a bit of a psycho himself, cut to the end and there's no special musical number, no evil gang out to end the world, and Vanya sure as hell doesn't look like a human violin. WTF?! 

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So in the end I didn't have to worry about when my photoshoot came out because the show went so far off tangent she looks nothing like this. I have however joked that The White Violin is so much more cosplay friendly now but my entire wardrobe is black and I have a thing about putting things in my eyes. I've never worn contacts, I'm scared of ripping my cornea out. I'm that level of clumsy that it could happen. 
 

/End Rant

Editing: Since these aren't how I want them exactly I did decide to try playing around with editing so I have a better idea when I do it again. For the most part I kept it super basic just trying to keep the white to one shade but this one below ended up more green than the others. I'm trying to keep it somewhat faithful to the comics where I can and use music notes in the photo. I found some stock photos of sheet music and planted that into the backgrounds. I want to have a go at having floating music but that will be a later challenge!

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Cosplay Music Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/2/the-white-violin Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:22:47 GMT
Love Sick https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/2/love-sick So it's that day of the year where us singletons are meant to feel shitty about being alone on Valentines Day. Not me though, it means I get to sit on my couch watching Valentine-related horror movies and eating chocolates while not being judged for not wearing pants (or for choosing horror movies over an actual date) or having to listen to someone talk. I HATE people who talk through movies. Things you needed to know right?

I haven't really picked up my camera since December because my spine is a jerk and it was driving me mental so I decided to try doing a Valentine shoot at home because why not. Back in the Dark Ages when I was doing my 7 Sins project one of the concepts for Lust was a teen crush. There were a couple ideas but I ended up doing some Cupid shoot instead which I really failed at to be honest. So here we are now, 50,000 years later doing one of my other concepts "Love Sick". The whole idea was to treat being in love like having a case of Chicken Pox. I had chicken pox in my 20's and I can tell you it sucked. Sucked doesn't even begin to describe it really. I woke up one day looking like one of Frankenstein's lab experiments gone wrong and it was itchy and painful and I have scars now...and basically exactly like catching feelings. Thankfully Nicola of Quinn.tessential Effects was up for it because I love working with her, it's always guaranteed fun times. Only this particular time we (by we I mean me) were dehydrated because I lost all ability to remember where I put anything, the constant turning back and forth made me dizzy and I couldn't stop laughing but I couldn't actually laugh properly at the same time and spent maybe half of the shoot lying on my bedroom floor so she couldn't see me. This is not how I normally am, just to clarify. Normally I just walk out on shoots if I'm laughing. I've done that before. I am very professional, obviously, just look at this blog! 

Stage 1: Denial
Here we have the beginning of the affliction where things kind of suck because you're in love with a guy and he doesn't even know your name even though you sit next to him in science class but it's not all bad. You have hope for a speedy recovery (or that he'll learn your name soon despite the fact you've never spoken to him ever) from this crush thing you have going on and it's nothing a day of rest in bed can't fix!

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Part 2: Anger
Oh no, you looked up his social media. How dare he like another girls photo!! Life is officially over. OVER I TELL YOU!!

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Stage 3: Bargaining

Ok so maybe we overreacted just a little bit. Hormones, amiright?

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Stage 4: Depression
*Am I Not Pretty Enough plays in the background on loop and Kleenex sales go up*

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Stage 5: Acceptance

The fever is broken! You can move on with your life back to the days before you turned into Fatal Attraction. You're a strong independent black woman who don't need no man (or woman/whatever). 

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HAPPY DAYS!!!!!

And there is my Ode to Valentines Schmalentines. 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Portrait Valentine's Day https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/2/love-sick Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:13:39 GMT
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away... https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/1/space-girl-photo-shoot A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...

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Episode 1

It was January 2013, summer time, and I went to Rockingham to meet Bridget for a space themed photoshoot. Bridget had a space girl costume and I had turned a small water pistol into a raygun. It was going to be epic! The problem was neither of us considered how bright a salt lake would be at midday and were blinded. I was stupidly trying to use my Lensbaby which is hard to focus as is without the glare coming through the lens making my eyes water as well.  We eventually gave up and I left there looking like a human capsicum. Super attractive!

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Episode 2

Bridget and I rescheduled the photo shoot for another day and later in the afternoon thinking we would be smarter this time to avoid the harsh sunlight but we took a bit too long getting ready then we got lost and next thing it was dark and we still hadn't found the salt lake. In hindsight clearly we were idiots (or I am because I can't do maps) because it's right near the train station. Literally RIGHT NEXT TO THE TRAIN STATION!

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Episode 3

For the third attempt it was a "go large or go home" mood. We had gone opshopping for boots to go with the costume rather than the costumes leg wraparounds that looked daggy which Bridget painted silver and purple, Bridget also bought some earrings and painted them to go with the outfit which has just now occurred to me that you can't see them except for one photo. I painted a nerf gun so it would look much more impressive (aka larger) than the original gun I had. We even got ourselves a makeup artist. All was going well until it started to look like it was going to rain. I obviously started to freak out, this was the first shoot I've ever done multiple times and felt like it just wasn't meant to happen. Thankfully it held off and the overcast sky made it easier to shoot on the lake. The photos were a total success and we had a laugh at the fact all of my photoshoots end in someone dying but if you're stranded on a strange planet with no water you're going to die of dehydration, amiright?

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The Bonus Extras Nobody Really Cares About...

This shoot happened back in 2013 and is probably (with the exception of everything I did at Tafe) the longest I've ever taken to edit photos. At the time I didn't really know what I wanted to do with them but I loved the poster for Man Of Steel where Superman was on a blue planet of some kind and wanted to do something similar. I got as far as making the salt lake blue but it still felt like it was lacking. In 2015 a couple of friends send me a couple of astro photos they'd taken to play with and one became the sky. 2015-2016 were full on personally and I lacked the patience involved to finish these photos. 

The editing process: First up I used an action called Vanilla Pop which was a free download years ago from Paint The Moon. I just really like what it does to skin tones, then I adjust the opacity to where I want it and in this case used a layer mask so it didn't alter the ground as it was already white enough. I then added a colour balance layer with a layer mask to make the ground blue. I adjusted Curves to add a bit more contrast to the model and then added a 50% gray layer for dodging/burning. This is a trick I learned at Tafe so you can dodge and burn areas without altering the photo itself. I find dodging and burning directly onto images can have a more harsh affect so I avoid doing it that way and using the gray layer it makes it easier to go backwards if you decide you've overdone it. I made a group to create the sky. I used one of the astrophotography images then mucked around with the levels, colour balance and hue/saturation so it fit in with the rest of the image.

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This video is a sped-up version of my live editing. This was done slightly different as I was trying out high frequency separation which I'd just learned but I didn't use it on all of the photos. I didn't feel they really needed it. 

CREDITS

Model: Bridget Moore [Facebook]
Makeup: Lauren Ranger [Facebook / Instagram ]
If you would like to try out Paint The Moon actions they have a free download available here.

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Astrophotography Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2019/1/space-girl-photo-shoot Mon, 28 Jan 2019 16:33:23 GMT
Punks Against Poverty Minifest https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/12/punks-against-poverty-minifest For the last couple of years I've been running an event called Punks Against Poverty. The idea came after reading an article via Share the Dignity on how homeless women struggle dealing with their periods when they can't afford pads/tampons. For whatever reason that was something that never occurred to me. Some months I might look at my pack and wonder if I can get away without having to buy another pack, let alone ever having to wonder what I'd do if I couldn't afford them at all. It's one of those items women NEED in life. I love what Share the Dignity do to help women but I wanted to do something myself locally. Each show I've tried to have a different lineup, some have had raffles and others not (the first one had so many donations for raffles it was ridiculous) and my last one was Christmas themed (where I've never seen so many bands raise their hands to playing the show and singing a Christmas song, only to complain about having to sing a Christmas song!) and included a limited Christmas PAP t-shirt. This year I decided I wanted to try and make it bigger and it became a minifest featuring 9 awesome Perth bands. I also picked a new charity to fundraise for - Perth Homeless Support Group - who help the homeless with food, clothes, toiletries and support. They also hold regular fundraiser movie night fundraisers and stalls so check them out on Facebook to keep up to date with what's happening if you'd like to support them!

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This is where I thank everyone...
Thanks to Owen for the awesome zombie punk artwork and making my gig poster look freakin' cool!! 
Thanks to Leeches, Scalphunter, The Donald Trumpets, The Shakeys, Dead End Brawler, Priority One, Lo-Fire and Castle Bravo for playing!
Special thanks goes to The Wolfbats for filling in on extreme short notice as the opening act. Lifesavers!
Thanks to Shayne who is the awesome door girl at The Boston. The last couple shows she's been prepared with boxes for any donations and this time around handed out chocolates to anyone who donated spare change! She also insisted on driving me home after the show and given that I'm just about a cripple these days after a gig it was muchly appreciated.
Big thanks to The Boston who have let me have all of these shows at their venue and unlike other venues don't want an essay and your first born because you had shit attendance one night!! Some gigs are great, some gigs are not, you just never know how a gig is going to go or what you might be up against that night.
Lastly thank you to everyone who bought an online ticket and everyone who attended the show. Your support helps make a difference and that night we raised $1145!!

Now I'll give it at least six months so I can forget how much gig organising stresses me out and I might think about doing another. 
 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Music Punks Against Poverty https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/12/punks-against-poverty-minifest Sat, 01 Dec 2018 03:41:02 GMT
The Murderballs came to Perth! https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/11/the-murderballs-came-to-perth Back in 2016 I made a stupid choice to go to Melbourne but that dumb choice led me to meet some rad peeps and see some cool bands I hadn't seen before. Two of those bands were The Murderballs and Udder Ubductees and nothing excited me more a couple months ago than hearing they were headed to Perth, I just wasn't thrilled by the venue so I sort of harassed one of them about if they'd be doing any other shows here. Lucky for me they did! That day I met up with Craig from The Donald Trumpets and drove to Freo for a "BBQ in the park" that was pizza by the beach. Amongst the gang were Brad who is also from Melbourne so that was pretty cool too. It was like a reunion. I met him when I saw his band Dixon Cider play at the Cherry Bar around 2014. Told him he had to bring his band to Perth and every time I got a facebook invite to a show I'd just casually throw in they forgot Perth. So I sort of got my wish I guess? On the drive to the venue Craig lets a couple of the guys know how I talk about them a lot. I just want to clarify that no I don't. He's lying. I did tell him more than once that he should do a sideshow with them when they were in Perth so hey look that's another wish granted! One day people will listen to me when I tell them I know cool bands. 

I've never been to the Railway Hotel but that place is actually kinda cool. I always got told it's out of the way and hard to get too and discovered its inbetween the train station and Swan Hotel. It's literally easier to get too. I don't know why people bag it other than the fact it's a bloody long trip from where I live (South Geraldton) and the eftpos machine didn't work. The girls toilets even had fancy bowls to wash your hands in. Apparently the boys toilets sucked. The stage lighting is super shit (I counted - there's 11 lights and it was still pretty dark for most of the time) and normally this wouldn't bother me but I forgot to pack my flash. Otherwise it's a great size venue and the outdoors section looked pretty cool too. They even serve real coke! That's important info right there because I don't drink alcohol and the syrupy stuff most bars have is fine, until you're onto your 3rd and feel like you might throw up from sugar overdose. 

I'm not going to say anything about the bands. You should have gone yourself but have some photos. 

The Donald Trumpets

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The Murderballs

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You can find all the bands on Facebook - here's the links if you're the lazy type: The Donald Trumpets, Udder Ubductees, Roach Bones, The Murderballs.

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Music https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/11/the-murderballs-came-to-perth Tue, 27 Nov 2018 08:58:45 GMT
Ghosted https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/11/ghosted I really wanted to do a ghost photo shoot for Halloween. Well really I just wanted to do any Halloween shoot for Halloween, but a ghost was on the list.

This is not that shoot. 

I got to the cemetery early and felt a little bit awkward being in my usual black attire, resting bitch face set on 100% but not actually attending any of the 2-3 funerals apparently happening at that time.  

Everyone else rocked up and we walked to the older section to take some photos. Problem with this idea is it's not a simple click and shoot and WOW I have photos kind of shoot. There's a lot of trial and error trying to work out what angles would work, getting the tripod to be level (In the 3-4 years i've owned it I've only ever used it for astrophotography, I actually find tripods bloody frustrating because I like to think I'm a gymnast who can bounce off walls and furniture and I'm constantly moving so using a tripod just slows me down.) and spent more time concerned about time management than much else. I really wanted to make the most of the double exposure feature in the camera but in typical Kim style forgot how to use that feature (I've used it twice in...like 3-4 years and my brain needed that space clearly for new song lyrics) and jumped on Google because nothing I was doing was making it work. 10 minutes later and it turned out I just needed to turn off "live view". Story of my life. I only got to try the one angle here, I set it up and tried to get a variety of 'ghost' shots so I could try a double exposure later. 

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The one above was done in photoshop, the one below was done in camera. 

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I tried some in camera double exposures here as well but they didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. Way too much movement for them to be successful. I'm not showing them but you can see these ones I took instead which show the makeup and styling a lot better. 

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While we headed back towards the entrance we passed one of my other fav spots to grab a photo. This pathway is just too pretty to not stop at!  Ghost-89Ghost-89 Lastly I thought ghosts might stop to smell the roses. I mean I might consider it when I'm dead because I will no longer have to worry about death by allergies..so you know, it could happen.

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Now for the important info:

Model Lily Sobieralski [Instagram]

Makeup by Total Beauty And Beyond [Facebook]

Styling by Waisted Lace Corsets & Couture [Facebook]

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Horror Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/11/ghosted Sun, 04 Nov 2018 17:52:27 GMT
Australian International Tattoo Expo 2018 https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/10/australian-international-tattoo-expo-2018 Last weekend the Australian Tattoo Expo hit Perth and while I had every intention of checking out the activities over the weekend, unfortunately I ended up only going on Sunday. Shoulder injuries and camera bags don’t go so great together.

I got there in time for the Shittest Tattoo Competition which had an interesting array of tattoos including a fish that looked like it was done by a five year old and a “We didn’t come here to fuck spiders mate” tattoo, complete with a penis. I thought for sure that would be the winner but a very late entrant proved us all wrong with his polka dot g-string tattoo!

A few of the stalls we spoke to about how their weekend had gone ranged from great, to Friday being the worst day, to just shrugging their shoulders. I really don’t know if that meant it was a let down or by Day 3 they were just over it and wanted to go home. We grabbed ourselves some food and scored some seats down the front for the Fuel Girls. I got to see them two years ago and left with a massive girlcrush on one of them so I was pretty excited to see what the girls had to offer this time. It was mostly a let down. The first act looked seriously depressed and it just reminded me of the The Bloodhound Gang’s ‘A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When The Stripper Is Cryin’. The next act was a feisty catwoman with a large bowl of milk that went EVERYWHERE at the front of the stage and the third act came out looking a bit like that chick from The Fifth Element. Between the three there wasn’t much pyrotechnics.

Walking around the tattoo artists stands some weren’t doing tattoos that day, but it got me thinking how great it would be if tattoo artists had Afterpay. I definitely would have got one that day if it existed. So many great little astronaut tattoos! One lady let me know some artists over east do already use Afterpay which is awesome to hear, maybe it will catch on and more will use it. All up the day wasn’t too bad. There were a lot of talented artists in the room and I left there with an A3 print of Freddy Kreuger for my walls. Probably the weirdest part of the day was finding an ice cream truck amongst it all and somehow I managed to not go and buy fairy floss.

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Events Tattoo Expo https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/10/australian-international-tattoo-expo-2018 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:00:00 GMT
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Did you even urbex if you didn't take a selfie in a broken mirror?

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The Patient

The whole idea behind this shoot was "oooooh abandoned mental asylum" and someone owning a straight jacket. That's it. I did a bit of a re-edit on them. There was nothing particularly wrong with the originals, they were just super yellow-orangey because I didn't know how to colour correct photos properly back then. Not that you can tell here, they're all black and white, but I figured a super old building such as this should have super old looking photos...so they're black and white. Colour photography wasn't really accessible to everyone until the 1970's so it makes sense to me!

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"No Offence But You're Fucked In The Head, Right?" prints are available in the store.

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Horror Mental Health Mental Health Day Portrait Urban Exploring Urbex https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/10/mental-health-awareness-month Thu, 11 Oct 2018 07:16:35 GMT
Whoa-o I Went To A Beer Party! https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/8/i-went-to-a-beer-party Last Friday Perth's coolest band The Donald Trumpets had a beer party for some gang vocals for their song Beer Party. Not me though. I insisted I was drinking Coke. Then I insisted they needed to buy ice because nobody in their right mind drinks coke warm (this argument was won when they realised someone didn't buy cider so there was another bottle-o run). Gross! I also wasn't joining in on the gang vocals. If I didn't sing on the Chainsaw Hookers album (I won't even talk at the best of times) I sure as hell wasn't singing that night either. I was sticking to what I'm good at - photos!

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Events Music Portrait The Donald Trumpets https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/8/i-went-to-a-beer-party Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:52:49 GMT
Breaking Punk Presents Blind Man Death Stare And Forgets My Camera https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/7/breaking-punk-presents-blind-man-death-stare-and-forgets-my-camera I thought I was being super clever the last time I caught up with Leigh for our bro date by giving him my camera bag so I had one less thing to carry the day of the Blind Man Death Stare gig. Turns out we're dumb and dumber. He left my bag at his house so I was left with my Lensbaby (which I almost didn't bring). Problem was I had two ciders before the show (because my birthday was the next day and I figured if there's no camera I'll let loose) and I was too messed up to focus it. I mean I tried, but I gave up pretty fast too. To be fair, the lens is pretty hard to focus on bands when sober (which for the record is most times, I haven't touched alcohol since before xmas so things hit fast and everything was hilarious). It's hard to focus in general.. 

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Before the gig I'd posted on Facebook how I was going to try redeeming myself with the photos I'd taken of them at the last Breaking Punk shows.

I didn't.

They wanted to see the photos afterwards and not only were they deeply offended I took fuck all photos, they were further offended I didn't keep the really bad photos from the last gig. I'm so used to prima donnas in the music scene I think I might love these fellas. Keep an eye out for future bad photos of them by me!

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I did slightly better here because there's 3 photos for them.

I also maybe added to the argument that only the singer matters in a band. Or as I said to Ben before the show "I'm only excited to see Dead End Brawler tonight. Nothing against you, i've just seen you a million times".

I'm not sure why I don't have more friends. I'm delightful. 

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Then things went to shit...I'm not sure how I reached a point of being worse but it happened #skilled

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Before they started one of the guys (the one above who I so very clearly documented) said they weren't starting til 'the two girls up the back come up front'. That was directed at my cousin and I. I moved forward and he realised I had a camera and asked something about if I was going to take photos. I just stood there and shook my head no. According to Karen I followed this up with how the camera is just for decoration. I don't recall saying this at all but to be honest it does sound like something I'd say because I don't know how not to be a smartass. After two photos I realised this wasn't working. Then Karen decided to have a go. She took this...I mean I was drunk, what's her excuse?

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Just kidding. Well I'm not, she DID take that photo but she did do ok on the others! She also hates my Lensbaby and now i'm not sure we can really be friends. 

So here's Karen's photos edited by me..and yes they have my watermark because I batch saved and I don't care and I edited them so whatever.

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Is it just me or is this the most erotic gig photo of all time?

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The Decline

You could probably say my photography Declined that night. See what I did there? After BMDS I recall going outside, but then wanting to go downstairs because downstairs has couches and less noise but I didn't know The Decline were in there and that kind of ruined my plans. I decided I didn't care and just aimed straight at a couch. I like couches. You can nap on them. Or you can try too but people are like "no Kim don't lie down!". From here on in I just took interesting photos of The Decline's t-shirts. 

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Next gig is in a week and hopefully Leigh brings my camera along to that one or he's paying me anyway. 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Breaking Punk Lensbaby Music https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/7/breaking-punk-presents-blind-man-death-stare-and-forgets-my-camera Mon, 23 Jul 2018 18:35:22 GMT
Urbex #1 https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/6/urbex-1 On Tuesday I got to go on a bit of urban exploring with a friend, something I haven't had a chance to do since my last adventure to Melbourne, and we checked out a place just south of Perth. It was like a garbage tip. There were two huge piles of just everything imaginable outside from clothes, wardrobes, mirrors, chairs, couches, underwear.. inside the floors were seriously disgusting due to a mix of insulation (the roof for the most part didn't exist) and rain and it had the cleanest walls I've ever seen in an abandoned building. There was a major lack of graffiti however there was a feminine hygiene product just randomly stuck to a window. I guess this suburb only has classy vandals. A couple of rooms inside were filed with roof tiles and another room (which had a sign saying "no cooking in the loungerooms" was packed with handmade bookcases.Whoever filled that room is good at Tetris!

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Urban Exploring Urbex https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/6/urbex-1 Sat, 30 Jun 2018 08:17:22 GMT
13 Reasons Why & Mental Health https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/5/13-reasons-why-mental-health The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.
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On Friday, season 2 of 13 Reasons Why hit Netflix. This is a show that people seemed to either love or hate. 13_reasons_why_character_poster_alex_standall13_reasons_why_character_poster_alex_standall
Hate because it was too in their face and "glorified" suicide. I don't think it does at all. It is very in your face and blunt, which is what we need as a society to wake up to ourselves, but let's not kid ourselves that this show is going to be responsible for a string of suicides. We all knew how to slit our wrists before this showed aired last year. The point of this show is to be more observant of how you treat others and to look out for your friends. Reach out if they look like they need help. I rewatched 13 Reasons Whyfrom the
beginning and I'm currently half way through the second season (how great is binge watching?) and it got me thinking of my own battle with mental illness and the problem with social media. A couple of days ago I logged on and was faced with a giant pop up window from Facebook asking me if I'm ok. The only way to get out of this window was to click the button below which provided me with a list of services and phone numbers I could use. It made me laugh that people on Facebook don’t give a shit about what happens to you, people will go as far as to tell you not to write your problems on Facebook and how it’s personal and should stay that way, but Facebook felt I needed help over my last post which wasn’t even the worst I’ve ever written. I was bitching about Centrelink and used the phrase "suicidal ideation". All of this got me thinking about writing about mental health issues but the biggest problem I’m facing is I fear the backlash from this post. There’s always backlash. How much should I share? How much is acceptable and who determines what is acceptable? But how are we going to get over the stigma if we aren’t allowed to open up and talk about it? I don’t know why I’m really writing this other than to make a point that many of us go through it undetected. Many people think depression is “you’re just a bit sad, have you tried not being sad?” or "you need to get some sunlight". It’s not a chemical imbalance for everybody. Pills don’t work for everybody.

I’ve been battling depression, insomnia, anxiety and body dysmorphia since I was a teenager. Just before New Years I decided I was going to kill myself. I obviously didn’t since I’m writing this but I went to my GP and asked for a psych referral and why I needed one. My first visit with the psychologist she asked me why I didn’t go through with it and my answer was simply “I didn’t have enough pills”. It wasn’t that I had a change of heart, I just didn’t have enough to do it that night. I actually googled how much I’d need I was that set on doing it. I was a box short. My “rational” thinking for why I don’t do it now is quite morbid and I’m not going into that. Since then though I haven’t gone to the doctor to get any more pain killers which I actually need just so I don’t have the temptation lying around the house because the thoughts are still there, just some days they aren’t so loud.

Over the years I’ve met people who think depression is just a made up term by doctors for people who are “too weak” and can’t handle life but now it’s 2018 and not much has changed. Either people think you’re weak or they don’t want you talking about it. Either way you should just keep your problems to yourself because nobody wants to hear about them. That is until you kill yourself and these same people can stand there and say you should have come to them for help.


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The problem I find with Facebook is that everyone loves to share the RUOK? Day posts and the suicide hotline posts so they can feel
like a supporter for 30 seconds and everyone likes their post and they get a virtual pat on the back. But where are these people when someone clearly is having problems? They’re nowhere to be found. The problem with these posts is that they always seem to have the focus on the person reaching out to others for help.

The whole point of RUOK? Day is for YOU to ask someone else how they’re doing. There's even a section on their website all about it - https://www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask. Not to share a generic post to your Facebook wall. A person with depression, especially when they are at their darkest, doesn’t feel like they have anyone they can talk too. They feel like a burden or abandoned depending on how their friends treat them during that time. Why would they ask you for help if they don’t feel like you’re there for them in the first place? The first time I made any sort of a remark about depression was back around February on Facebook and I was met with a joke. It wasn’t even a good joke. I’d made a completely serious question of “Do depression and suicidal tendencies come under the same category?” I was trying to fill in disability paperwork and I didn’t know if they were separate illnesses. With how many people like to openly talk about being depressed on Facebook I figured someone might have an answer. That was my first mistake. Thankfully someone who was studying psychology private messaged me to give me an adult answer. Not everyone depressed is suicidal. That was when I decided I’d had enough of Facebook and deleted my account. It’s fake. Nobody really cares about anything. Nobody knows how to communicate anymore. People feel like they don’t have to speak to you because they saw you make a status update so they think they know what’s happening in your life. It’s just a great way to feel like you have a heap of friends or pretend your life is perfect. Nobody even notices when you leave Facebook. How to feel like you made no impact at all on people!

For all the years I've dealt with depression it's been in the last two years that I have found out it actually goes further than that. That’s just when my suicidal ideation – which is the fancy doctor term for it – kicked in. I’ve had friends over the last 10 years all convinced I’m some undiagnosed ADHD kid because I can’t concentrate on anything and for other reasons. All of my primary school reports say the same thing – that it looks like I’m 100% paying attention but really I’m somewhere else. Turns out that’s also a sign of depression because you’re so anxious about what’s waiting for you when you get home you can’t concentrate at school, which makes me wonder how many kids are misdiagnosed with ADHD each year.

In under three years I’ve seen two psychologists that have come to the same conclusion: I’ve had depression since I was a little kid. I was bullied at school and at home. Home life had it’s own box of issues with domestic violence and emotional/mental abuse lasting 17 years but relatives would let me know constantly I was fat as well. Then it was all about how I didn’t stand up straight because I allegedly made a conscious decision to slouch at the age of 8 (this was when I was misdiagnosed as having scoliosis which isn’t a self inflicted disease). I overheard a family friend one night say “She’d be pretty if it wasn’t for her back”. This is why I don’t accept compliments for those who have ever wondered. They are always followed by “if”. By year 11 and 12 I had a borderline eating disorder and was self harming. I was bullied relentlessly because of my spine. I honestly believed I looked like the elephant man from the constant narration of my appearance. I was quite obviously hideous, everyone kept saying so. The next three years my depression and anxiety escalated so much I ended up sociophobic and all I did was stay locked in my room or cry. My anxiety was so bad I wouldn’t even walk to the letterbox and back if I saw a neighbor outside. I only started to overcome that after the death of my mum. It was thanks to her that I loved music and getting into the local punk scene was the first time in my life where I felt comfortable around people and could be myself and enjoyed going out. I loved taking photos of all the bands. It took a while for it to sink in that these people saw me as a friend and not just the girl who takes photos but in the last two years I just feel like a stranger in the room. Someone felt the need to start some rumours and with a string of health issues at the time I’ve just never bounced back. I’ve tried. Last year was the hardest dealing with my back problems and thanks to an injury at a gig not 2 weeks after I had seen the spine specialist I now have arthritis in my neck which fucked everything up. To be blunt: he ruined my life. I’ll never know if these anti-inflammatories would have helped me get on with life because the arthritis killed my ability to do anything. Doctors have told me there's nothing that can be done. I had to cut back on gigs I shot per month because I couldn’t physically do it, I had to give up my studio space as well that I had barely a year. I was so excited to get that space and had so many plans for it and I never even got to use it properly because of how much pain my neck would have me in. That is how I ended up on codeine. This is how I ended up in my current headspace. Do you have any idea how hard it is to give up the one thing that gives you any joy or purpose in life? It was the one thing that kept me sane and it’s gone and suddenly so were the people I talked too. People were starting to act strangely around me and I wasn’t sure if it was something I was doing or if they just didn’t want to be near me. When people ask you how you are they don’t really want to hear anything other than “fine” and my life is far from being fine but I say it just to get the small talk over with. If you dare to say life is crap they just look awkward and walk away. I try to limit how crap I have to feel in any given situation.

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Wrath_bad copyWrath_bad copy This is why I love 13 Reasons Why as a show. It perfectly depicts how the most trivial of things to some people can set off an avalanche for another. A few small things start going wrong and I fall apart. It feels like the entire universe is against you every day. Nobody anywhere at school or at home sees the pain you are going through. You’re invisible (or the world’s greatest actress) and it’s a daily event. There’s no escaping it. My final two years in high school were spent being bullied every single day and I was self harming, thinking about killing myself and thinking about how I could kill my school bullies. I admit if my parents owned a gun I probably would have used it. This is why I used the Columbine school shooting as inspiration for my “Wrath” photograph for my 7 Deadly Sins series because it was something I could relate too. This is probably the one and only time I’ve put something of myself into my artwork. I even saw the school councellor one day who didn’t take anything seriously and rang my mum as soon as I left the office. I got yelled out when I got home for trying to get out of class. Over the years not much has changed, I’ve just watched friends come and go when all they’ve noticed is “you talk less” or if I can't focus on only them anymore. I can understand that it’s hard for some people to deal with the topic of depression and suicide but do you really think ditching the person is the best answer to this? How is that really going to help a person who clearly needs help and is on the edge already? So all these years later, somehow I’ve managed to trust psychologists more but no I won’t ask friends for help. Why would I? People love to tell me how strong I am but what choice do I have? It’s not like anyone is around to help. Despite how many people try to talk about it on social media there are more people who don’t want to hear it. A person shouldn’t have to pay someone to care about them and listen to them, especially when those sessions are limited. Medicare only covers 12 sessions a year and not everyone can afford $160 per visit. I honestly believe people have forgotten how to be decent human beings to other people. If someone needs to talk they’re not necessarily after advice, then just need to get it off their chest. They need to know somebody cares about them. If you care just sit and listen. If its hard for you to hear, think about how much harder it is for the person trying to reach out and share their problems.

I won't be sharing a whole bunch of links or hotlines on here because let's be honest, we've all seen them multiple times a week on social media. We know how to look up a phone number.

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) 13 reasons why Mental Health RUOK? Day https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/5/13-reasons-why-mental-health Tue, 22 May 2018 03:30:00 GMT
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The first look we did using the Hey Stud! accessories was a kitsch space girl. While makeup was happening I decided to stick alfoil over half of my balcony screen/wall/thing because I thought it would be a cool backdrop. This was the beginning of my inner frustration because apparently half way through the roll it stops coming off like it should and tearing at weird angles. It did this on both rolls of alfoil paper. Then I chose to have an epic brain leak for the first 30 minutes of the shoot using my own equipment. No matter what I did every photo was half dark which also happened to be the side the light was standing on. I know right, makes no sense! I was suddenly thinking I'd forgotten how to do photography. In frustration I went to change the light to my softbox but couldn't find the cover for it, ran downstairs when it hits me my shutter speed is probably wrong. Sure enough...it was. Now for those of you sitting there wondering what the fuck I'm even talking about: Your shutter speed needs to be at 125/second for flash photography, you can't shoot at a faster shutter speed unless you're doing high-speed sync somethingorother which I don't know how to do, otherwise generally it's too fast and you only capture half of the light which was happening in my photos. I'm really explaining this badly. I should have saved a photo but how was I to know I'd out myself as sometimes incompetent in my own blog?!

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Once I had that brain fart over with it was all systems go! The alfoil worked really well with Ashayla's silver getup and it's all super shiny and awesome. I bought myself some lens-flare presets because I'm addicted to an app on my phone that can create them and I came close to just editing the photos on my phone. I've quite literally hurt my left arm from playing with lens flare presets. They're adjustable so I can move them to different areas of the photo (some have like 20 dots I can move around) and I can change their size/shape/exposure. It's all very exciting trust me. Basically I sat at the laptop WAAAAAAAYYYYYY too long yesterday and got some sort of laptop elbow weirdness going on. Worth it.

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You can find Hey Stud! on Facebookinstagram and you can buy their goodies on Etsy.

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You can find model Ashayla Webster on Facebook and instagram as well!

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Behind The Scenes Fashion Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/5/hey-stud---ashaylerella Tue, 08 May 2018 15:45:00 GMT
Hey Stud! - Ms Kreuger https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/5/hey-stud---ms-kreuger Idea 1Idea 1 Last weekend I had a day of shooting on my balcony because we've declared my balcony a makeshit (haha where's Freud right now?) I mean makeshift studio. Somehow I fit 6 people, 3 flamingos, a tree and my studio gear out there.

We were shooting some super cute accessories by Hey Stud!, a melbourne biz making acrylic and wood earrings and brooches. I came across them on instagram and tried my luck at doing a collab. I was pretty happy when they said yes and once the stuff turned up at my place myself and Nic from Quinn.tessential Effects worked on ideas for shoots.

The first photos I'm sharing I've dubbed "Ms Krueger" and you'll see why here...

HeyStudJewellery-088HeyStudJewellery-088 There were some Jack-o-lantern earrings and a "I love horror" badge so obviously the only idea I had was horror girl - with my skeleton - some popcorn - and one of my t-shirts. Thanks to Horror Block and Teevillain I have a collection to choose from. Thanks to my obsession with horror and halloween in general my home is one huge prop. I left the makeup completely up to Quinn.tessential Effects.

I didn't know how I wanted to shoot it (the cinema would have been cool but I've done that once before and didn't want to ask to do it again) so decided to try doing the shoot so it looked like they were watching tv and the photos are ok but it was hard to see the jewellery because arms or hair were in the way. We did some more shots on the balcony for clearer closeups and then pretended that I work for Vogue magazine and made a layout. Obviously, graphic design isn't my strong point..

idea 2 webidea 2 web You can find Hey Stud! on Facebookinstagram and you can buy their goodies on Etsy.

Chucky t-shirt is from teeVillain. teeVillain is a t-shirt site where you’ll find a killer limited edition shirt being sold for $11 for only 24 hours. The following 24 hours will feature a new design and so on and so forth. We choose the most ingenious designs that reflect everything eVil & Villainy, as well as works pertaining to anything Artistic, Pulp Style, Low-Brow, Pop Culture, TV, Movies, Music, Video Games, Comics, etc… all things cool & eVil basically. Tshirt design is by Paula Garcia.

You can follow Quinn.tessential Effects on Facebook and instagram.

You can find model Lamia Emilia on Facebook and instagram as well!

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Fashion Halloween Horror Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/5/hey-stud---ms-kreuger Sun, 06 May 2018 09:45:00 GMT
Thanks for the mansplaining, I've got this. https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/4/thanks-for-the-mansplaining-ive-got-this It seems 2018 is carrying on the strong tradition of crapping on music photographers which is super cool but I'm getting over it fast. I'm definitely reaching a point where if I never photograph a gig again I just wouldn't care because the attitudes from all corners of the industry suck and any fun in it is long gone. In the past three weeks I've had some guy photographer be faux-concerned over my camera while I'm busy taking photos because apparently I don't know what I'm doing, someone dumped their glass in my camera bag - yes IN my bag - so I came back to find it wet from the ice that melted in it freaking out over the state of my gear inside it, got slammed so hard that I almost dropped my camera and last night some ass stuck his cigarette butt in my camera bag. I'm pretty sure we're going backwards as a society because who the fuck does this?! Just how little respect do you have for other people and their belongings that you think this is ok behaviour?

Thankfully it's not too often compared to the general crap us girls get off guys at gigs (You might have seen this Wall Of Sound article 'Don't Be The Scum Disrespecting Women At Gigs..') like egomaniac security, bitchy doormen and arrogant promoters who think it's ok to yell at the photographer (he didn't want to have a go at the reviewer who also wasn't on the door) but not the people responsible for screwing up the media passes or the fact that most guys see a girl at a show and just assume you're the girlfriend of someone or want to be (because girls can't possibly like music, what nonsense!), but men need to stop telling me how to take photos. This probably pisses me off the most out of everything. Fun Fact: Girls can do more than photograph babies. I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing, I've been taking photos of bands since 1997. I've won things. Girls don't feel the need to tell me what I'm doing (until they want a photo of themselves and 20 photos later they still aren't happy..it's not me, it's your face) so why do men?

Pitch Perfect 3 sums everything up nicely

I've had this for years online from male photographers who felt the need to belittle everyone else so they feel good about themselves. Whatever gets you through the day but maybe try another hobby. I had a guy tell me my airbrushing was "shit" and so were my lecturers. My lecturers were all ex medical/cinematic/photo journalists and one is still a wedding photographer...but yes, they are terrible. It was my first ever go at airbrushing and she didn't look like Barbie so I wasn't sure what the problem was, but this was coming from a guy who thought buying an L lens made you a better photographer and proudly proclaimed it took him 20 hours to edit one photo. If a portrait needs that much work sell your camera dude. You clearly don't know what you're doing with it.

So you tend to expect it from male photographers because any forum has at least a few with their heads so firmly wedged up their own asses they need to remind everyone how much work they get and let you know how crap you are, when everyone started that way. It took me six months to grasp the point of the aperture just in time for my final assessment at tafe. Fine Arts is not the place to learn photography in case you're wondering. At gigs it happens and at most men there should only be discussing the music and which beer is the best. I've had men tell me where I should stand to get "the shot" after having done just that, how to take photos while grabbing my lens (by the front) attached to my camera IN my hands! Fellas you aren't a 3 year old in a toy store that needs to press all the buttons that makes all the noises and shiny things happen. Keep your fucking hands to yourself! This is up there with touching a girls ass uninvited in my opinion, don't touch what isn't yours. It's really simple!  My favourite is when they look at my gear like I don't possibly have the first clue what I'm doing and the prime example of that was just recently where some guy stopped taking photos to let me know mid-set my lens had a shattered filter as if I possibly had no idea. I smashed that thing with a hammer on purpose. I'll have you know it makes for epic photos. Amazingly nobody has questioned when I'm using the Lensbaby but I figure it's only a matter of time.

Offspring-152Offspring-152 Last night was no exception. I'd already shot one gig at Badlands and was down at The Boston to watch some mates play and casually taking photos. Keyword there was casually. Nobody asked me to take photos but since my cameras were there why not take a few. Some guy leans in to tell me I'm in a prime position to get good photos of the bass player then offers to use my camera for me because I didn't rush to use his advice and take a photo. I'd only been standing on that side of the stage half the night taking photos. There's more to standing in the right spot to get a good photo and I tend to think mine are medicore at the best of times but you need to capture the right second to get an amazing shot. Plus some of my best shots are of Matty, that guy is nuts onstage and after 5 (probably more) years I have a pretty good idea when to aim my camera at him.

Wolfpack-121Wolfpack-121 The moral of this tale is I really hate people and don't leave gifts in my camera bag.

 

 

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Music Photographer Problems https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/4/thanks-for-the-mansplaining-ive-got-this Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:30:00 GMT
Succubus https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/1/succubus Before xmas I did a Succubus shoot for Lamia Emilia and I decided it's a good time to practice using fill flash. I'm pretty impressed with myself for catching on as quick as I did. The only downfall was pressing the shutter release too fast for the flash to keep up. So below you can see how this shot looks without flash! Still looks cool with the lens flare either way. 

Succubus-076Succubus-076 Succubus-077Succubus-077 This year I'm going to try this thing where I don't put a photographs merits on whether its in focus or not. Sometimes you get rad photos and they're soft. They aren't so blurry you can't tell what it is, but up close its not focussed. This is one of those photos. It looks great this size but at 100% its soft because I apparently focussed on her feet. Since she is meant to be a mystical creature though that gives me creative licence to have blurry photos. I mean look at Bigfoot. 

Succubus-114Succubus-114 I've been playing around with this for a bit trying to get it in any shape I'm happy with, and I think I like this but I'm not sure. I've been staring at it way too long. After cleaning up the skin I added a colour gradient to the sky and applied it as an overlay and then used one of my astro photos just to give the sky a bit more of a Sci-fi feel. I didn't want to over the top with it like I did on my Space Girl photos a couple years ago, I just wanted it to be subtle. I was going to add a moon but I didn't like it. 

Succubus-054_wipSuccubus-054_wip I gave moons a go and that's where it stayed, in the "well it was worth a try" box. It looks ok large, but as a thumbnail it looks like I put stickers on my photo. I have zero idea how digital artists do their wizardry and frankly I'm too stubborn to learn. 

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Makeup was done by Be You {tiful}
https://www.facebook.com/makeup.be.you.tiful/

Model is Lamia Emilia who is also on Patreon!
https://www.patreon.com/Lamiaemilia

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Astrophotography Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2018/1/succubus Sat, 27 Jan 2018 18:00:00 GMT
Ohm Rune https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/11/ohm-rune Ohm_Rune-007_fbOhm_Rune-007_fb Fungalfest this weekend was insane on so many levels. We're talking good and bad here. The most exciting part was this awesome shooting star that came out of nowhere. It was HUGE. Like it could have been a firework. Only about 4 of us even saw it amazingly.

Before the weekend, Ohm Rune had asked about getting a photo under the stars, so at the end of the night I took the drunk pair across the road to get a couple photos. Turned out to be way harder than I thought.  

Shooting stars is relatively easy, set your lens to infinity and watch your shutter speed. Trying to insert people into a photo like this it was pretty hard to focus on them in the dark with only an iPhone to light them up, but trying to get them to stand perfectly still for 15-25 seconds wasn't happening either. In fact this is probably the closest to focussed we got. Their feet are fine. But having the lens set to infinity gets the stars more focussed looking, so the focus line is further back than where they are standing, and trying to work out where it might be was proving harder than I thought too.  Ohm Rune-018 fbOhm Rune-018 fb

I did debate on using a flash, but a torch or phone light can light up something really brightly so thought a flash might be overkill, but with how dark the area was I possibly could have got it to work. I can add this to my "things to experiment with" box. 

Luckily for me they didn't care about being blurry and this trippy shot even got the tick of approval. The lines at the bottom were from when this car suddenly appeared and drove behind us. I was really expecting the shot to be completely blown out. 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Astrophotography Music Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/11/ohm-rune Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:45:00 GMT
Agnesis https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/11/agnesis A couple days ago was my first time shooting a metal band, Agnesis! The drummer (the guy on the left) out of nowhere says they should do duckfaces..PHOTO OF THE DAY!

Agnesis-031Agnesis-031 By now we all know how much I suck at getting some good behind the scenes anything for you guys, so for this shoot I had my pal Karen (Klowe Photography on Facebook) helping out as assistant and taking some photos of me taking photos. I'm pretty self conscious so while my ass looks huge in some pics I'm pretty glad my hair has improved in the last couple years. Last time someone took photos behind me while I took photos I looked like I had a giant birds nest back there. 

agnesis 1agnesis 1 This shows the "lighting set up". I took my beauty dish with me because I thought I might see how it works after the Heath Ledger workshop I attended but I never ended up using it. Basically the shoot was at 2pm and with it being almost Summer it means the sun is right over us so there would be a whole lot of light blotches through the trees making my life hard. So I brought the giant softbox. There was the slightest hint of a breeze, so slight humans couldn't feel it, and knocked the light stand over. So that was the scariest part of the photo shoot...thinking my flash might have busted. The really tall guy in the band went and got a heavier log and shoved it through the bottom of the stand and that held it in place. 

Every photo shoot I end up on the ground. Doesn't matter what it is. 

Agnesis 6Agnesis 6 There was only one shot they really wanted and that was the "hero" pose, where you look up at them. Karen gave me her camera bag as a pillow of sorts. This is also another reason on why it's handy to have an assistant. Less moving on my part. Honestly this may have been part of the reason my back didn't hurt as much as normal after a shoot..I wasn't doing as much!

Agnesis 3Agnesis 3 I love this shot. I look like the laziest person on earth while I make the band stand around me. It's also got a clear shot of the back of the camera. 

Agnesis 4Agnesis 4 This shot was bullshit hard to do. There's no other way to put it. I had to focus point where I wanted it (on the singer) and for whatever stupid reason the camera kept focussing on the trees behind him. It was frustrating me beyond belief because it's on such an angle that I can't look through the viewfinder to do it myself. Like I tried because apparently Karen got a photo of it, but it was basically impossible to really see what I was doing there. 

Agnesis 5Agnesis 5 This woods has teepees everywhere that keep popping up, this time someones gone all out and made a massive one that you could live in. Came complete with a half eaten cake and campfire (not sure who would be dumb enough to do that right now!) but Karen made to get this creepy shot looking inside it. It looks like a pair of eyes in there :/ 

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About two weeks after this shoot I went and lost the photos. My hard drive died mid-backup and it was bye-bye to two years worth of photos. Some crying happened. I've pinched a couple of shots from the band's Facebook page just to show I did take some myself.

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Behind The Scenes Music Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/11/agnesis Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:45:00 GMT
Alice Cooper https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/10/alice-cooper Last night I photographed the Ace Frehley/Alice Cooper show. The way TEG works is you have to leave the building after your 3 songs are up in the pit. It's bullshit honestly, especially with how last night was because it was pouring down with rain and the foyer at the Arena is massive and there's absolutely no reason why we couldn't stay in there waiting for the next part of the show to photograph. Not even allowing that cold weather is pretty bad for asthma, we have to keep walking our bags of equipment through it.

Alice Cooper-064Alice Cooper-064 Lucky for me a friend photographer was also reviewing the show so she gave me her +1 so I could stay but to show how ridiculous and unglamorous passes are - we had to go outside every time to meet the person who would then escort us to the front of stage for our allocated photo time, then back outside. At least having tickets to the show we could bypass that part but it meant seeing the cloakroom lady several times that night to hand our bags back and forth. Then outside the security insist they HAVE to go through your bags even though they've seen them twice already. It's aggravating and I barely have the patience for it. 

For Ace we had 3 songs and I ended up taking around 130 photos. Pretty sure 100 of them are identical. 

Alice Cooper-104Alice Cooper-104 For Alice we had 4 songs and that's the most I've ever had in a photo pit (not including rare nights like last Thursday or local shows where there's no rules). We were allowed to use flash but were recommended to not use it which did worry me if the lighting would possibly be really dark but it was pretty good, and there was no contract! That was the biggest surprise of all. No "don't sell photos!". No "you can't show your photos to anyone!". 

Alice Cooper-131Alice Cooper-131 The downside to it all was how much pain I was in half way through taking photos of him. I was on tip toes a couple times trying to see and the pain caused was just awful. As soon as we were back in the foyer to cloak our bags I was digging out my codiene and heading to buy a drink. I wish I could say they helped but they didn't. The rest of the show was spent standing up and the bottom half of my back on the left was just in agony. I'm not even sure I could say it's a pulled muscle because I did nothing to pull it, can you even pull something there? After the show my backpack and I walked to the train station, slowly, to find out the train was only going to Whitfords and then it was a bus trip to Joondalup. The bus ride was definitely the cherry on top for shittness. By the time I got home I had a big old cry and the pain didn't subside til 3am. Even now there's still a little bit of pain there but thankfully nowhere as severe and only if I move. I have Fiona Stanley in 2 days, I really hope they're helpful!! It's frustrating knowing that one night of "work" can have me in so much pain and it's never consistent in where the pain is, like last night my neck is completely fine! I know photographers that do this a couple nights a week. When you consider photo taking is maybe 30-45mins total depending on the show, and you're only standing for about 4 hours, it just shouldn't be this hard. Thankfully I have nothing gig wise until next month. I'm pretty glad about this if I'm too be completely honest. 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Health Music Scheuermann's Disease https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/10/alice-cooper Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:00:00 GMT
West Coast Lowdown https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/10/west-coast-lowdown Since I've taken photos at the tattoo expos, when I saw this event coming up it sounded pretty cool so I let Desert Highways know about it. Sadly it sounded way better on a little Facebook flyer than it actually was. 

West_Coast_Low_Brow-136West_Coast_Low_Brow-136 Firstly, this event had no event guide ANYWHERE. Nothing on Facebook, nothing on the website, and as I found out on the day not even an event guide at the event. So for someone who has a media pass and wants to try and capture the best parts - I couldn't. 

One guy on Facebook promoted the show and his band TRS, so that was the first I knew his band was playing and asked what time he'd be on.

Another person on Facebook commented about being in part of some pageant so I asked for times on that and there were 3 times. No idea what was happening in each part but the 3rd time was pushed back by 30mins and was the "crowning" of the winners. 

On the day I met up with my friend Lauren and we headed down. So first up my media pass is a ticket for Sunday but they let me in anyway and told me if I want to come Sunday too the ticket will be there. After spending a couple hours there trying to take photos and failing I decided there was no way in hell I was coming back, that and I have very little money and didn't want to waste is on a train trip there. 

The event was marketed as hot rods, tattoos, skate ramp, artists, choppers... yes there were cars and bikes..but the rest REALLY lacked. There was really just fuck all in this place for lack of better wording. As we walked through the door to the left were 3 tattoo stands with nobody at them, and to the right was two stalls selling clothes and jewellery, one behind them was a nail artist. We could see the top of a stage behind this large triangular shaped seating thing which had a handful of people sitting on it. It was mostly an eyesore. In the back corner was one tiny skate ramp with a kid skating back and forth. I swear over an hour later he was still the only kid on it and I wondered how he wasn't bored yet. Karl of TRS was set up here with his ute as a stage for the band to play on (I didn't even realise this fact, I just wondered why a band was stuck on this tiny stage but turned out he refused to play on the actual stage) with his ginormous set list on the side of stage and the small skate ramp behind them tucked out of sight. 

West+Coast+Low+Brow-041West+Coast+Low+Brow-041 This area was fenced off for skateboard surfing (the tarp worked as a "wave") and there was a huge van selling shirts in line with it so if you didn't know better you'd figure staff only could go past that point. The ramp had the Day In The Dust banner on it too, and the skate ramps Karl had put up for last years Day In The Dust were awesome! There was so much room in the venue going to waste they could have really done something awesome in there to make it more interesting for the skaters and the people watching rather than it all being tucked away in a corner. 

West+Coast+Low+Brow-052West+Coast+Low+Brow-052 The artist area consisted of about 4 stalls. One was Karl's artwork which was some amazing tattoo style work painted on wood panels, a guy with car sketches, and two others I don't really remember. I spoke to one guy for a bit who had a stall selling t-shirts and stickers and he turned out to be the guy who carved the trophy for Popular Choice Award for Best Hot Rod. I asked him how it had been so far commenting on the lack of people around and it seems to have been that way all day and sort of came in waves. He commented on the massive eyesore that was the seating for the stage/hot rods so you could watch the cars bounce (two whole cars) and that nobody had really sat on it all day and it was useless. His wife brought up the trophy and asked if I wanted to get a photo of him with it  - as  if I would knock that back! So we walk off towards the front door because he didn't know where they were put and the woman at the door working the event was just so incredibly rude I couldn't believe it. She didn't know where they were. He lets her know he knew where they were earlier in the day but not now and she goes full attitude problem and waves her hand in the air telling him to go look around for it - how do the staff not even know where things are?! Gobsmacked. This whole event was a nightmare. 

The rest of the room was just cars randomly scattered around and there weren't that many of them really, there was two food vans and a bar at the back corner where for $5 you could get a 300ml bottle of coke so mostly I did a lot of close ups to try and make it look less craptastic. These are not my best work but I'm sending them to Desert Highways anyways. This was the first year for Perth having this 'festival' so here's hoping if they do it again it's ALOT better because this was not worth the $30 entry fee people had to pay. They shouldn't have even had an entry price for kids given there's really nothing that they can do there. I'm not an event organiser but it wasn't hard to see so many ways this event could have been amazing and the space put to better use. It makes me wish I took the events management course further but I have such a short temper over the last year I would probably have an aneurysm organising something like that, I know I want to just organising bands for fundraisers. 

Lastly, I ended the day taking a selfie in the bathroom where I managed to make my face look like it gained 10 kilos since that morning. This is possibly the worst photo I've taken of myself. I'm the only person on the planet I can't make look good in a photo!

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Events Music Pinup Tattoo Expo https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/10/west-coast-lowdown Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:15:00 GMT
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[I have no idea whats happening in this photo but it made me laugh so here it is for you guys]

Today I've been arguing with myself on "..but what I do it again?".

I'm paying the price big time for taking photos last night at Punktoberfest. Last night during the 2nd band my back started to go so I took codiene and I was good for the rest of the night. At the most I was starving by the end because I hadn't eaten anything other than a protein bar all day.

Today on the other hand, I woke up with sharp pains between my left shoulder and spine (which I've never had before) and within an hour of getting in and out of a car a couple of times and slowly walking around the pain had gone down my back and up through my neck. Painkillers just weren't doing anything today. Ended up lying down for some form of lameass siesta since I was lacking sleep too (the Bachelorette may or may not have been involved) and four hours later was feeling better. It was very shortlived. One cough and it was all back. Pretty much just the left side but the spine pain is getting ridiculous. Reminds me, I can take more pain killers.. 

Thursday or Friday I was thinking about how I'd go applying for xmas retail work since it's all casual. I love Typo. That's my fav store on the whole planet, but standing all day and moving boxes of stuff freaks me out with how I am this year. After last night I'm like "yeah nah". Is it going to be worth it really if I'm in agony for the entirety of the next day and unable to move? I personally didn't think I was going that crazy with the photo taking and when I'm shooting for Wall Of Sound like I was last night I keep in mind I only need 6 photos of each band except the mains so I even limit how many I take these days and have cut right back, but it's realising that it was about 8 hours of standing on my feet and a good chunk of that involved weight lifting a 1.5kilo object. I still blame the wide angle. I can't deal with the pain today its just awful. Pretty sure festivals are a no-go for me unless someone is paying me so I can at least cover physio! 

Update: It took me a week to recover from this gig. Not even joking. 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Health Music Scheuermann's Disease https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/10/punktoberfest Sat, 07 Oct 2017 21:15:00 GMT
Australian International Tattoo Expo, Perth 2017 https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/9/australian-international-tattoo-expo-perth-2017

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Events Pinup Tattoo Expo https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/9/australian-international-tattoo-expo-perth-2017 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 GMT
Scalphunter Press Shoot https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/7/scalphunter-press-shoot Sunday I had a photo shoot with my fav dudes Scalphunter. They wanted some fresh press shots and I got to try using my studio gear on location. A couple of times the flash didn't fire but it wasn't until I had them on the computer I realised this is a great example of showing off how lighting changes a photo! 

Scalps_Promo-101Scalps_Promo-101 These two photos were taken seconds apart. Sometimes the light doesn't recharge fast enough to fire when you click the shutter button again. 

Scalps+Promo-102Scalps+Promo-102 I'd taken ALL of my lighting gear with me for this shoot (big thanks to Leigh!) because I had no idea what the plan was but I really like the outdoor/dramatic lighting of old Linkin Park photos so hoped I could try something similar. By the back of the camera the contrast was quite high and I wasn't sure they were working exactly how I wanted them but they came out really well. Hot tip: Never trust the LCD display entirely. That said I never use the histogram feature.

Leigh was my light stand holder. Little bit of a breeze and that thing will topple over, and being short can make it tricky changing the setting without a ladder. I'm basically a smurf. It was also having someone handy to help grab your gear when it rains, which it did this day.

Settings:

Aperture - 14
Shutter Speed - 1/125
ISO - 200

I used my Bowens 400 watt lighting for this. One light set up to the right with my octobox. I'm pretty sure the setting was on 4 for this, possibly 5. 

I'm pretty keen to try this more often but I don't drive, so I need to come up with better bribe techniques with my friends! 
 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Behind The Scenes Editing Music Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/7/scalphunter-press-shoot Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:22:00 GMT
Photographers are crap, aliens told me so https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/5/photographers-are-crap-aliens-told-me-so I think I'm becoming the cliche of Angry Old Man syndrome (there's this joke that's gone around for years that I have bigger balls than most guys, I'm a girl incase you're reading this and don't actually know me), especially where music photography is concerned. First there were a few issues which brought up a conversation on sexism in the industry - something that was discussed at the WAM seminars last year and actually exists despite what some people like to think. Fun fact but just because you haven't experienced it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. One show had the door guy having ten kids of fits over "people asking for freebies" to my having a photo pass, like I'm working pretty hard for a freebie. I'm risking my gear (and feet and head since my head is normally at elbow level) amongst a moshpit of drunk people who forget what boundaries are, splash beer around or just don't see you. Another show had a power tripping security guy who had no issues with the male photographer staying in the pit longer or doing whatever the hell he wanted side of stage, meanwhile I was repeatedly asked to show my pass and told I had to leave. Apart from this though is just the general attitude promoters/venues/bands/I-don't-know-whoever-the-hell-is-in-charge-of -this-stuff have where photographers are 2nd class citizens. Now I may never get another photo pass as long as I live for writing my thoughts and I don't really care because last night I got to photograph Green Day and that's pretty much the highlight of my life where music photography is concerned. There's really no topping that. Which is what inspired me to write this..

Whenever there is a tour of some kind a bunch of us will raise our hands in interest in reviewing or photographing a show. Due to reasons (I own a stupid spine, lack of money and I can't drive) I tend to only raise my hand to bands I really would like to see live. Reviewers always get a +1 [Edit: I've been informed this isn't true but every show I've been at the reviewer has had a +1]. Photographers never do. In the past 3 years I think I've had three + 1's and two of them I didn't know I had until I arrived at the show. The only band to give a heads up with this was the Misfits concert about two years ago. Somewhere there was a huge lack of communication in letting the publication or myself know this so they go to waste. The L7 show I was lucky enough to let a friend know just before she left work so she could head straight there. In part I'm ok with never getting a +1 because I don't really like the idea of thinking people are only friends with me to get free entry to a show. Like it's nice to be given one but it's not a necessity. I'm generally pretty happy to be given the privilege of photographing a band I really enjoy and I've decided I like photo pits more than +1's. For me +1's were great while I had anxiety - especially last year when it got really bad - but not so much anymore.

Last year was the first concert ever where I was told at the time of gaining a photo pass that I would have to leave the show as soon as the 3-song rule was over. I'd never heard of such a thing in my life. The reviewers +1 went to me and on the night found out from staff that no it was ok for me to stay and watch without her +1.

Normally at shows you're allowed to hang back as long as your camera is packed up. Shows at Metro I've been allowed upstairs to take photos from a different viewpoint and sat up there to watch the whole show by myself without any issues.

My first big agro this year was over the Cyndi Lauper/Blondie concert. This was my first time shooting from the sound desk so I borrowed a friends zoom lens which made me glad I didn't rent a lens because the 200mm still wasn't enough to get decent shots. I only sent in three photos to Wall Of Sound because they all looked identical but a couple of the guys shooting had lenses so huge they should have been able to get moon craters clearly. I have no idea who they were shooting for so kept an eye on instagram incase anything was posted. I saw one great close up of Cyndi and assuming it was a photographer asked what lens he'd used. He was just a punter in the crowd, second row from the stage with his 50mm lens. We weren't allowed anywhere near the stage or allowed to take photos outside of the 2-3 song rule. Which started the week-long rant of "Why do professional photographers have all these restrictions and rules yet EVERYONE else could get a photo in front of the stage?" I saw all the bag checking as I got there that night and assumed they were stopping cameras/booze. Nope.

I received my photo pass for Green Day on Friday and had to sign a contract. I was on a massive high and felt like the luckiest girl in the world which I know is a huge exaggeration but you have no idea how badly I wanted to photograph them. Like normal the reviewer scored a +1 and I was asked to respond with if I'd be photographing the support act. I replied with yes along with the signed contract and asked if the photo rules were also the same for that band and got no reply. Over the next 24 hours I heard mixed stories about photographers and media passes for this event so I wasn't sure if I'd even be allowed to stay. So it ended up being a massive killjoy Sunday night to find out that after our 2-song limit for The Interrupters we were escorted from the building. Escorted. We weren't even allowed to stay in the foyer where they have a bar/food area. So everyone who told me to check them out, yeah I couldn't. I'll just take your word on it about how great they are. I'm not even over reacting here. Once outside we were told to come back at 7:45pm for Green Day, where the process was going to be the same thing. To steal a line from Shannon Noll (who stole it from someone else but I was like 3 years old when that song came out and I can't remember who it was and I'm not about to Google it) but "What about me? It isn't fair!". Seriously, why does a reviewer get to take his mate along for a free show but us photographers aren't allowed to watch it? Just like the reviewer we're there to do a job, how are we of less importance? And in all seriousness seven people weren't going to block the entry ways from over crowding and there were seats available in the nose bleed area as well. But no, we weren't allowed to stay at all. I can't speak for all people but whenever I picked up street press or look at a site I'm looking at the photos, not the review. I own copies of Rolling Stone for the photos. Maybe that's because I'm a photographer, but I loved looking at band photos from when I was a kid. I wasn't big on the reading. Now I'm not saying the review isn't important, and obviously the reviewer has to be there for the whole show to be able to review it properly, but I do think both are of equal importance. Both parties still have to go home and spend hour/s writing and editing their work before it's published but can we all admit that this practice is unfair to photographers? Why does a random person get free entry to a show for doing nothing?

My hero that night was another photographer named Dan. I was complaining about not being able to see Green Day to another photographer friend (like we get to see bands at most shows) and Dan asks me if I want to see the show and hands me a concert ticket. I must have come across like a right dickhead cos I was in shock on why someone would just hand me a ticket. I can't afford to go to concerts thats why I get photo passes (that and the fact I'm pretty short so for 2-3 songs I get to have a really good view of the band before moving back). Turned out he had tickets for himself and his wife and she couldn't go anymore and he was unable to sell them. So I forced a hug on him. I honestly could have cried. This was the kindest gesture of all time (again maybe a gross exaggeration but I REALLY LOVE GREEN DAY GUYS!!!) and I couldn't believe it was happening. Thanks to him I got to see the entire show after our 2-song limit. On the event page I'd seen the venue reply to a girl saying SLR's with 50mm lenses are allowed into the show. I contemplated it for about 5 seconds because I did want to try a crowd shot but I wasn't up for battling the crowd and wanted to enjoy the show instead. Enjoy it I did!

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Music Photographer Problems Sexism https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/5/photographers-are-crap-aliens-told-me-so Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:00:00 GMT
A Day On The Green https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/4/a-day-on-the-green I was really excited to be photographing Blondie and Cyndi Lauper right up until I was told we had to take photos from the sound desk. I've never had to shoot from there before so asked a friend about what sort of lens I'd even need. She recommended at least a 200mm zoom. The longest lens I have is an 85mm. I looked up pricing for hiring a lens but that was at least $100 overnight and that's money I don't have. I got lucky and a friend who also shoots Nikon had a lens I could borrow. I didn't try it before the night though so wasn't prepared for how heavy it was not that it mattered because even with this lens I may as well have been photographing ants. This photo is as good as it gets. 

DayOnTheGreen-050DayOnTheGreen-050 There were maybe six of us taking photos there. One other guy was shooting with a 200mm, the girl I knew was using extenders with her les to get hers up to a 400mm but her photos didn't look all that much closer than mine, and one guy had a lens so huge he should have been able to get close-ups of the moon craters. I have no idea who he shot for sadly because I'd love to have seen his photos! I was keeping an eye on instagram though for any that might pop up and I found a close up of Cyndi on there. Figuring it was one of the photographers I asked him what lens he was using to find out he was just one of the crowd who got his camera and 50mm lens in there. This REALLY pisses me off. We're media there to do a job, told we HAVE to shoot from the sound desk for 2-3 songs only and we're forbidden to take photos from anywhere else, meanwhile some guy who got his camera inside got to take better photos than half of us! When I got there they were full on checking bags so I assumed that was to stop people from bringing in cameras and BYO booze like most festivals. Apparently not. We were completely disadvantaged. 

I ended up sending in three photos to Wall of Sound to go with the review. That's it. I've never been more disappointed by gig photos in my life. 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Music https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/4/a-day-on-the-green Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
Fringe: The Glory Republic [NSFW] https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/2/fringe-the-glory-republic On Saturday night I was booked to photograph The Glory Republic event at Babushka. It was a decent night, the acts were entertaining and the DJ's were great but nothing prepared me for the final act. 

Betty Grumble came out looking like a wild amazon woman. Lots of laughs then all of a sudden she's taking a shit on stage. It was fake but still left me wondering what the fuck I'm watching. Then she spins around and her ass is covered in chocolate. 

Babushka is a fairly dark venue. So certain things you can't tell, like a lack of g-string, so when Betty bends over to bow with her back to us we all got an eyeful of vagina! 

Turns out I also captured it in a couple photos thanks to my flash. So since I can't share this photo anywhere else, I figured here is a good a place as any! This photo pretty much sums up the act. 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Events Fringe Festival NSFW https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/2/fringe-the-glory-republic Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:44:00 GMT
Chasing Full Moons https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/1/chasing-full-moons Last night the full moon was here and a friend wanted to go out and try some photos so tonight we headed out to Gnangara pine plantation. There were a few jokes thrown back and forth about hiding a body out there and Blair Witch which became a bigger joke later when we were trying to find the car and found a huge hole in the fence we didn't see coming in with a huge deformed log. This was my first go at trying star trails. It was a 10 minute exposure with the ISO on 100.

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Stop number 2 was at Perry's Paddock. I used to live nearby, I really miss that house. Mostly I miss the days of just not being able to hear what my neighbours get up to. 

This photo was a 20 second exposure to try star trails again. They're really hard to see so I'll have to do some research on the best way to get them..my guess is not being in the city with all the light pollution is a good start. Oh yeah and no full moon.

All the small dark grey dots are dirt on my lens, which is bound to happen when you're sitting in dirty fields but you can't tell in the darkness! 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Astrophotography https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2017/1/chasing-full-moons Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:45:00 GMT
Levitating Rock Chick https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/11/levitation-rock-chick Disclaimer: Between Kristie and myself, we've been asked quite a few times how we took this photo and we're honestly not sure if people are deadly serious or joking when we get asked if she was jumping. So I figured I'd ruin the magic of it all for you and show you how it happened. 

This was for my last tafe assignment. We had a masterclass with Simon Westlake. He's Perth's coolest commercial/advertising photographer. I've seen him talk two other times and his work is pretty amazing. 

We're meant to take something from the talk and use it in one of our shoots, so based on the fact quite a bit of his work is several photos used to make one (so kind of like doing a headswap when you have a perfect photo but one person stuffed it up) - I decided to give this levitation thing a go. I went to Kristie's house with no idea what I was going to have to work with and she had two empty rooms. It worried me a bit at first that there was no furniture but it ended up working out really well. She had her guitar amps in one room so we went with a rockstar theme (which is easy because she's the singer of Joanie Get Angry) so I just threw the cords around and she grabbed some of her electrical appliances to add to the cord collection (behind one amp is a hair straightener and hair dryer!). I took a photo of just the room to be the base plate, then we took some photos of her on a stool, which upgraded to a small chest of drawers and we added the pinup canvas to the wall as I felt it was a bit bland. Lighting was super basic, the left hand side of the room has a huge window and I set up an umbrella in the corner for some extra light. 

How_I_Did_ItHow_I_Did_It It wasn't until editing I had any hiccups. To look at each photo you can't see the difference, but as soon as you put one on the other and rubbed away the parts you don't want you realise the wall colour was about a shade or two darker than the base plate. It wasn't even necessarily a shadow because that was in the corner of the room. This made it all a bit trickier than it should have been. I decided to use a texture over the wall to give it wallpaper and blended it using the "overlay" setting and this hid the fact it wasn't exactly perfect while keeping her shadow there. Once I finished it Kristie pointed out she had a flat ass from sitting on the drawers so I photoshopped some shape there to make it rounder.

It was easily one of the simplest photoshoots I've ever done. 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Editing Music Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/11/levitation-rock-chick Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:15:00 GMT
Wamfest and sexism in the music industry https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/11/wamfest-and-sexism-in-the-music-industry It's been a pretty exciting week. A week ago I found out I was a finalist in the KISS MY CAMERA competition. It's a photography competition held by WAM. I found out by accident. A friend posted that he got in and I was happy for him but felt instantly deflated that I'd missed out yet again. Found a link to it about a bit of searching and there was my name on the page along with my photo in the banner of the page. I was that stoked to see my photo in the banner that I didn't even care what happened next. On Thursday the winners were announced and my friend messaged me incase I hadn't seen it (which I hadn't yet!) that we were the winners of the comp. I won Best Studio. We were having a laugh about it all. The three of us whose photos made the banner were the winners. Apparently the banner should have been a clue for us, but it wasn't! On top of that he was really hoping for a WAMCon pass but didn't get one, whereas I would have been content with 3rd place because that meant I'd get a polaroid camera. Priorities right? haha I get a voucher for Leederville cameras so I'll just buy my own. I just need to pick a colour and this here is why I still don't have one after 4 years of wanting one.

That afternoon I caught up with Kristie and we went down to PICA that night sitting there with a drink waiting to see the photos come up. As soon as it started our phones were out! I filmed a big chunk of it which includes alot of awful commentary on my part, so I cropped it down and put it on silent on instagram. Kristie ran around trying to take a selfie.

Friday I get an email from WAM about there still being work opportunities for anyone interested, and underneath is the email that was sent out to all the finalists to announce they were finalists. I never got it! So along with being a finalist meant you could get some paid work over WAMfest week. I let them know I was heading in Saturday anyway so I could do that. So Saturday I was at the WAMCon sessions from 10:30-4 then from 5-12 I was shooting gigs. It was so hot I was so happy to be home and showering by the end of it all. My feet were killing me on top of it. We were meant to shoot at all 11 venues if possible. A couple were far away so I said I'd do Badlands/Hens House and the other guy can do The Moon. So by the time we finished our meeting and I spent an hour at the first 2 venues waiting for bands to do their thing a couple of venues were officially over for the night. By the end of the night I only shot 8 bands, and when you see the huge list of acts playing everywhere you end up sitting there wondering what the fuck you did all night, but apart from a drink outside PICA (where I took some shots of a band playing) and grabbing dinner inbetween 2 other bands, it was fairly non-stop. I only watched two bands play their entire sets. 

It was a pretty cool day/night but it did end on a bit of a sour note. I had my first dose of sexism in 3 years. During the conferences there was talk a few times on how sexism is still a big deal in the music industry. Kristie is front woman of her band, gives a mad performance and owns the stage but while the guys in her band get complimented on their instrument skills she gets told she's hot. There aren't many girls in bands or girl bands in general, and this sort of attitude isn't cool. From my own experiences the rock/metal scene sexism is HUGE!! If you're female and at a gig you're someones girlfriend, you want to be someones girlfriend, you're basically nothing more than a sex object, it doesn't matter if you're there to watch bands or taking photos. The amount of guys who would hit me up for a one-night stand/friends with benefits (and seriously I would think you'd need to be friends for that to work!) that after two years of this crap I lashed out at the last guy who asked me on what it was that I was doing that made everyone think I would even be up for this. I felt a little bad afterwards, that guy was actually decent but I'd had enough. Since being part of the punk scene it's been amazing. I haven't had any problems at all, to the point where I wondered if anyone realised I was in fact female, but its awesome being in a scene where everyone is friends and there's no crap behaviour because you're a girl. I'm lucky that I've only been been victim of males at gigs twice, but once was at a Gyroscope show about 2-3 years ago where this guy right behind us kept bashing into us. In between songs the girl next to me and I tried to ask politely if he could cool it down a bit and I pointed at my camera. He started shouting and swearing at us and the rest of the night was him bashing into us on purpose harder than before, we had to brace ourselves against the feedback to stop from being completely knocked over. The band didn't care until this guy hit the microphone stand and they asked him to be careful otherwise they didn't care about what was happening directly in front of them. This whole attitude that girls shouldn't be in the moshpit isn't fair, we all love the music and all have the right to be able to stand up front and enjoy the band performing without being assaulted in one form or another. The other time involved a guy spiking my drink and a week later getting physical and hurting me and I was told I was over reacting. Last night though was a all genres of music covered and at the end of the night Aarom asks if I'd like a drink and he'll get me one. We run into the photographer on the way to the bar so he offers him one too. The bar had shut down already though so he apologised, then this guy joins saying he just used all his drink vouchers before the bar shut and hands Aarom a cider and then hands a cider to the other photographer (male) totally snubbing me. He didn't even look at me. Aarom automatically asks me if I like cider and gives it to me. The guy who gave him the drink says in a shitty tone you just couldn't miss "Are you sure?". Like what, am I not allowed a drink?! It was really awkward and it made me feel like crap. Then he turns to the other photographer thanking him for taking photos tonight. Again, not looking at me and I didn't get a thankyou. It really pissed me off but I kept my mouth shut because the other two guys were nice and you don't really want to make a scene in front of the guy who hired you and you just won Best Photo with. 

On a better note, I found out I can apply for music grants with my photography. A friend told me with this win that improves my chances of getting one as well. So my dream of being a tour photographer might actually be a reality!!P.S - This photo is from the final act of the Block Party at WAMFest last night. I can't show photos online until WAM put them up on Facebook, so here's a sneak peek!! 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Music https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/11/wamfest-and-sexism-in-the-music-industry Sat, 05 Nov 2016 19:00:00 GMT
Day of the Dead https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/11/day-of-the-dead Happy Day Of The Dead! 

This holiday is very special to me. My mum died 10 years ago this month, and I found out about the holiday about a year later. My mum was into researching her family history and would take me to cemeteries with her when I was a toddler. Her favourite story was how while her and her sister were looking at the info on ancestors graves I was running around stealing flowers off other graves to put on theirs. One particular mothers day I had an assignment for a photography class and we ended up at the cemetery with a tub full of pikelets having a picnic. So finding out about a holiday that involves honouring your dead loved ones by (ok so I just copied this from wikipedia so I didn't have to word it myself) building private altars called ofrendas, honouring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favourite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves was right up my alley! Honestly, I think my mum would have really loved it too. It's basically at the top of my bucket list to go to Mexico to see this festival in person. 

So I wanted to offer these as photo shoots for clients but unlike many people that like to use the sugar skull makeup as a fashion accessory, I wanted to stay as true to the spirit of the holiday as possible. 

This particular shoot I wanted to practice makeup and alt-model Macabre Lilith let me use her as a guinea pig. It was a fun period in my life because a year earlier I didn't even know how to apply makeup at all and suddenly here I was gluing things to her face. Not that you can tell in this photo but her dress is black and red and I kept the makeup colour scheme the same and used pearl and red gems for a bit of bling.  

I've done three of these shoots and I've shot them all at Karrakatta cemetery, and without being morbid - that's where my mum's plaque is. It's my way of honouring my mum. She pushed me to do what I wanted to do which was art. She loved art when she was younger but had teachers that told her to pick something more sensible and she didn't want me to go through that. I think she would have really preferred I stuck with painting than photography but I knew she was proud regardless and with everything in the last 10 years where I can't go "hey mum I'm famous!" when something cool happens, this  is my small way of connecting and letting her know I'm still doing it and I hope I do her proud.

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Dia De Muertos Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/11/day-of-the-dead Wed, 02 Nov 2016 02:45:00 GMT
The Dandy Warhols https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/10/the-dandy-warhols This was honestly one of the hardest concerts I've ever shot. I'm 5'1" so I was already at a slight disadvantage with the height of the stage (as were most of us), but then there were the feedback speakers on the stage and the next level up had another row of speakers. 

I managed to do ok for the opening act and I took a couple of shots standing in the crowd and it was much easier to get clearer shots from there. The top row of speakers were taken away as they got ready for TDW's, but somewhere while shooting TDW's my camera settings changed from FX to DX - I have no idea how given my fingers can't even reach the button to change it - and suddenly realised the photos were cropped and cutting off heads. This just put me in a huge panic trying to fix it which I couldn't in the dark so made the best of what I could down there. As if that wasn't hard enough, the lighting was just dark blue. Very dark.

Once the 3 songs were over I headed for the toilets where there was some light (I compared the toilets to the ones in Trainspotting. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about!) and fixed the settings. Went back to where my bag was down the front and saw two of the photographers up on the balcony. I went up and found one of the security guys who showed me how to get up there. If I owned a zoom I could have got some pretty good shots but the longest lens I have is an 85mm right now. The view though shows you where we were standing (the row of 'boxes' in front of the sea of heads was about shoulder level) compared to how far back the band were standing. 

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You can see the full gallery and review here - https://wallofsound.org/2016/10/27/the-dandy-warhols-gig-review-27th-october-metro-city-perth-wa/

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Music https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/10/the-dandy-warhols Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:15:00 GMT
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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Events Pinup Tattoo Expo https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/9/australian-international-tattoo-expo-perth-convention-centre Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:30:00 GMT
2016: The Year That Sucked https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/8/2016-the-year-that-sucked I think we can all agree that 2016 was a bit of a stinker.

What we can’t agree on is what albums/songs/whatever was awesome in 2016. Wall Of Sound wanted a Top 20 list and to be honest I had a hard time thinking of five things that came out this year. Desert Highways only wanted 10 and that was still hard but I got there in the end and included a record that features two songs. In my defence they are really long songs. I’ve listened to 4-song EP’s that were shorter.

So, it’s about 4 days til this year ends and to make sure I end this year the same way its started, my stomach hurts thanks to the lack of gallbladder (seriously guys why don’t they offer transplants?!) and I feel like something might explode soon because instead of getting a glass of water I went for the can of coke and I’m going to be sitting here a while, so I’ll pretend to be productive though if I REALLY wanted to be productive I’d get off my ass and send photos to the website builders..but I currently dislike everything I’ve ever shot. This is a less traumatic experience.

Top 5 Movies of 2016

I’m a visual person. Movies are always playing in the background while I edit. Thanks to my friend Loren, Netflix has also taken over my life. I’m trying to currently go cold-turkey from that by binge watching Grey’s Anatomy off my computer instead. I don’t think I’m doing this right?

  1. The Conjuring 2
    Leigh Whannel/James Wan are the new Kings of Horror! Also there was a scene that inspired part of a photoshoot I’ve been working on for the last few years. Inspiration can come from anywhere!
  2. Deadpool
    I loved Ryan Reynolds long before he became Deadpool. He is Deadpool. Just watch any of his movies from the 90’s.
  3. 10 Cloverfield Lane
    Horror sequels can sometimes be hit or miss, but this was really clever and kept you wondering wtf was going on! Need to give special mention to that Ouija movie, we saw that and didn’t even know it was a sequel until an hour before seeing it but it was more of a prequel and didn’t matter. That movie was pretty cool. Based on reviews I will never be watching the first one though #moviesnob
  4. Swiss Army Man
  5. Bad Neighbours 2
    I’ll watch just about anything that has Zac Efron not wearing his clothes.

Top 10 Albums of 2016

You can just wait for Desert Highways to post stuff but special mentions need to go out to Blindspot, Hope Street, Two For Flinching, The Fckups and Ben Elliott who all released stuff this year (even if two of them were this month, it counts). Also to Scalphunter for casually torturing us with releasing one song here and there. I tried to avoid putting EP’s on the list, but right now I don’t even remember who I put on the list..

Top 10 Songs of 2016

  1. Bang Bang – Green Day.
    Seriously all the Green Day haters can bite me, this song makes my day! 
  2. Men With Square Eyes – Scalphunter.
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  3. Bruja – Rick Dangerous and the Silkie Bantams.
  4. Why Generation – Fidlar. 
  5. I Don’t Want To Fall In Love – She Wants Revenge.
    So….this came out 10 years ago, but I only discovered this band about two months ago. Just to refresh your memory this is MY top 10 songs of 2016…
  6. Bullshit – Dune Rats.
    Everything you say is bullshiiiiiiiiiit. Yep. I really like this song.
  7. Timeless – DMA’s 
  8. Cry – The Used.
    I was a big My Chemical Romance fangirl. Am. Was. Whatever. The ‘Life On The Murder Scene’ dvd really made this guy look like an uber creep so based on that I hated The Used without even hearing a song. Ok that’s sort of a lie, I’d heard that worm song and didn’t like it, and I didn’t like his hair. This year I finally gave them a listen thanks to Youtube just going mad and playing ALL their videos one night, and now I like them. I’m late to everything…including joining bandwagons.
  9. Super – Two For Flinching.
  10. I Only Want You – Eagles Of Death Metal.
    I’m pretty sure I listened to this song for the entire month of March. Possibly April as well. Sometimes I liked to get warmed up before shows by being a 14yr old girl who listens to songs on loop until I hate it.

Top 5 Music Videos of 2016

  1. Bruja – Rick Dangerous and the Silkie Bantams
  2. Fake My Own Death – Sum 41
  3. Why Generation – Fidlar
  4. Hold On – At The Space jam
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Top 5 Gigs of 2016

  1. Frank Iero and the Patience – 7th October – The Astor, Perth 
    I just about begged Anthony to get me a photo pass to this and I have no regrets. It wasn’t a very big show and it’s been a long time since I had to fight my way through teenage girls but one was nice enough to let me through to grab some photos. I was so close I could have touched Frank, but I didn’t. My superhero power is self control.
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  2. Rick Dangerous and the Silkie Bantams – 15th April – Bruja Tour – The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar, Melbourne. 
    I’d heard good things about this band, and my friend and I were meant to see them when we were in Sydney two years ago but saw the Dividers instead because someone was sick, so here I was in Melbourne and finally seeing them. BLOWN AWAY!!! Best live act in Australia and when I win lotto I’ll bring them to Perth.
  3. Day In The Dust – 6th March – Margaret River
    This was one bad ass weekend in general, but this was a killer day with awesome people. 10/10 would do it again, but not in a white t-shirt.
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  4. L7 – 6th October – Capitol, Perth
    I’ll admit I knew nothing about L7 other than my love for the song Pretend We’re Dead when I asked for a photo pass. I left that show in awe of these amazing women rocking out on stage. In an industry where a lot of men look down on women in music/at gigs I left there hoping I’m even half as cool as them at their age. It was the first time I got to shoot upstairs as well and I felt like a bit of a rock star. It’s the small things.
  5. Eagles Of Death Metal – 29th March – Metropolis, Fremantle
    Another one I put my hand up for shooting without knowing anything other than everyone telling me how great they are. Turns out they were right. What sucked for me was the fact the band went on almost half an hour late to accommodate for people turning up THEN for the show. If you’re going to pay $60 to see a band, why not come and see the opening act too? Be on time and don’t ruin it for all the other people who did come on time. Who knows, you might actually discover you like the band. For anyone who doesn’t know how photo pits work – 3 songs and you’re out, so instead of seeing most of their set I only get to see around 5 songs and I had to leave to make it home. Just before leaving I got to see Jesse proposing to his girlfriend on stage. It was pretty damn cool to get to experience that!

Things That Didn’t Suck Ass in 2016!

I started 2016 winning a tattoo voucher. I no longer had an excuse for not getting one. Commitment issues ensued. Officially a badass once it was finished.

Meeting heaps of awesome people when I went to Melbourne in April. Huge shoutout to everyone who let me stay in their homes when everything went to shit before I got on the plane: Charissa, Tom Wolfpack and especially Kacey and Mik who were total legends letting me invade their house for 3 weeks and they didn’t want to kill me by the end of it! I discovered I apparently like taking photos of flowers over there. I know, it weirds me out too.

Punks Against Poverty – Thanks to the help of Bob (aka The Bob Gordons) we put on two fundraisers and got to help out local charity Street Smugglers. It gave me some faith in humanity to everyone who came down to those shows and donated.

I won a thing. It was pretty cool. I now have a record with my name on it.

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Thanks to Karl in Beerfridge I got to see Frenzal Rhomb and it was amazeballs.

I have a studio space and eventually I’m going to photograph something other than band boys in tshirts. Right now it’s just covered in dust and glitter.
 

Things To Look Forward To In 2017?

Scalphunter’s album. I heard the unmastered stuff in 2015. Then in January. Come on guys, you’re killing me here!

Seeing how many concerts I can worm my way into because I own a camera.

Shooting anything other than a band really. Keep an eye out for more Star Wars porn.

I might actually finish my Punk Pinup calendar. I’m about half way done, worst case scenario it will just be 12 months of Scotty from Nerdlinger. The photos from his shoot are just amazing. I’d buy it.

Ok..it’s 4am. I think I’m tired. I’m leaving before that changes.

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) End Of Year Music Top 10 https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/8/2016-the-year-that-sucked Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:10:00 GMT
Astrophotography: New Norcia https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/5/astrophotography-new-norcia new norcianew norcia Another late night adventure! This time we headed towards New Norcia. We found a roadhouse on our way out of Perth. This was my obligatory adventure photo. An older lady was inside and I was asking if they did hot chocolate. To my disgust they did not. They had tea though. I made one, then asked about the outside toilets. Got given the key which was attached to a pipe by a chain. My brain went straight to "heh I'm Negan" and swung it around while I walked to the toilet. For those who don't know who Negan is, he's the new badass in The Walking Dead. Back inside I asked about the pricing of these phone chargers they had for sale. I felt really bad after that. There was no price and she went to ask the lady out the back. Next thing she was ringing Northam to find out a price. They had no idea what she was talking about. Then she gets on her mobile trying to find it online for an idea on the price. She had to go outside where it was currently 8 degrees to get the internet to load.  Around then I got on my phone and looked up the website but it wouldn't load, went outside where I got better signal and still nothing. Website didn't work. So tried a google search and got absolutely nothing on this brand. I didn't time this whole exercise, but it was a good 20 minutes so she said "how about $40?" so I bought that, another tea and chocolates for wasting so much of their time. 

Cool story huh?  

Further up the road we got to where we were headed. It was meant to be a house in ruins. It was ruined alright. There was a 1/3 of a "wall" with a huge mound of sand behind it covered in grass. Not at all what we were hoping for (we will no longer trust google images) and decided we were there we may as well try taking some photos. I was using my phone as a torch and at 40% it decided to just die, as it likes to do. I was in a field of nothing but dirt and broken bricks, totally pitch black darkness wondering how I'm going to find the car without dying. I'm not exaggerating. My mum's favourite thing to say about me as a child was how you could put me in a field with one rock and I will find it and trip over it. Nothing has changed as an adult. A car was coming up the road so I used the light to work out where the car was and head back. Just made it! So, the story of finding out how much a phone charger was has some relevance now...because it comes pre-charged and I plugged my stupid piece of crap phone into it.  

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The experiments will continue..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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]]> (Shoot the Wicked Witch) Health Lensbaby Mental Health Photo Walk Scheuermann's Disease https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/5/im-not-ok-and-that-s-ok-i-think Fri, 06 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT Melbourne Attempt 2: Tour Diary https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/4/melbourne-attempt-2-tour-diary April 10th
Melbourne take 2...

I'm in Melb again. I've been here a week and so far it started fairly shit and I have yet to pick up my camera.

On the other hand though, the hospitality of band people I have met in Perth when they've come over has been outstanding. Hearts of gold this lot!!! I am currently sleeping in a "band room" which is a mattress surrounded by band equipment and all the walls are covered in gig posters. It has a door so I don't even care!! 

My first official day out in the city I just aimlessly roamed around with the main goals being to buy a jumper and a handbag because I forgot to pack mine. I managed to find the ONLY Jay Jay's store in Melb with a 30% off sale (hello jumper!) then managed to find Queen Victoria Markets which is great if you like leather and things from China. Honestly though the smell of leather gave me a headache by aisle 3. Headed back to the city where I found Ted's Cameras and they had an awesome red camera backpack but I wasn't prepared to bay $149 for it. Literally 2 shops up was another camera store and they had the same bag marked as $129, and then it scanned at $115. I KNOW HOW TO SHOP!!! Between these 2 stores and JB Hifi Camera store (also next door) not one sold a stand to put my flash on. My phone died before I got on the bus home and my face said "OMG WHERE AM I?!" because the bus driver asked where I was headed and looked it up on his phone so he knew where to drop me off. Nicest dude! 

Thursday night I apparently decided to have a panic attack which lasted all of Friday. I've chilled out a bit now, so we'll see how I go with this week. 

Friday my bus stopped outside - yep that's right - another camera store. Right inside was instax stuff so I HAD to look. And touch. And buy things. I did find a flash stand finally though. WOO!! I still haven't bought an instax camera but I am now the proud owner of an instax camera shaped luggage tag!

Tomorrow I'm packing my new camera bag with some stuff and hitting the city to see the Andy Warhol exhibit, check out what looks to be a pretty cool park across the street and find the cemetery. I'd like to do a shoot or two over here so I'm hoping I can find some inspiration while I'm out and about. 

April 11th Kings Domain Gardens
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April 19th

post_file (1)post_file (1) Not going to lie, I'm feeling pretty bitchy this week. It's week 3 and people suck. 

Week 2 was a write-off from being so sick. I attempted going out but ended up going home maybe an hour later because I apparently couldn't breathe and walk at the same time. All the people who wanted to catch up, 1 is in Sydney and ignoring messages, 1 has snubbed me entirely since I landed here and it was his bright idea to come over and the other is just like "time flies hey". Not the response I was looking for. There's something else where I'm pretty sure I'm in the shit, but it's my last week to make anything count and I'm sick of gigs. I want to do something else while I'm here!! Something that doesn't necessarily involve my camera. 

I can't get used to the weather either, which I don't think is helping the coughing. Yesterday I was freezing and a human burrito and by night I felt fairly warm. Today was practically a heat wave at 26 degrees.

So today I ventured out with the plan on going to the cemetery and St Kilda with my camera. The problem was I got to the cemetery and realised I left the SD card on the bedroom floor. I kinda wanted to cry. Settled for walking around and killing my phone battery instead. 

So here's a photo of Elvis. 

Tomorrow I'll try again and take my SD card this time. I may just sit in the cemetery all day instead, people there don't complain. They don't talk. They don't make promises they won't keep. They don't judge you for sitting on their eternal beds.  It's peaceful there. I feel more comfortable there than anywhere else. 

April 20th St Kilda

Dragged myself to St Kilda Pier despite anxiety running wild and made it there right before sunset! It was a nice spot. I had a bit of a walk and sat at the cafe and enjoyed the view.

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Today I remembered my SD card. 

Today it decided it was going to rain. 

It was at this moment that I realised there's no point scouting for locations and sussing out the lighting at certain times of the day because Melbourne is that bipolar with its weather that you could end up with anything. 

I spent 4 hours walking around today and got myself lost, found a tram and hopped on it, and five frikkin minutes later I was at the spot where I started. Not even kidding. 

It's amazing how fast you can lose time thinking you're finding something and really you're just getting nowhere. I didn't come close to finding somewhere to do my shoot on Saturday so I have to go out again tomorrow. Pretty sure half of the money spent on this holiday is just on transport.

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April 23rd: Bradmills

Today I caught up with my photographer friend Matt (Melbourne's punk rock photographer!) and he took me out to explore the Bradmills.

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Yesterday I went to the Rites Of Passage tattoo convention in Melbourne to take photos for Desert Highways. I JUST missed out on getting a tattoo. I found a Friday the 13th tatt for $100, took ages to find an ATM because two of them had run out of money and then I couldn't find the stall and was doing laps and by the time I finally did they'd closed up for the day. It wasn't even 5pm yet and the event finished at 6pm so I was pretty bummed. One artist had a Daryl Dixon tattoo up for grabs. So I really need to have a long lost relative die and leave me money, or a job where I don't have to do much (It's not that I'm lazy, but my back seems to put people off hiring me) and get paid well enough to get off Austudy and afford things. 
Rites_Of_Passage-053Rites_Of_Passage-053 This guy had a motorbike next to his table so this is about the most creative photo I took all day. A lot of the artists were commenting about how dead/slow the day was compared to the past two days so many were packing up early. The MC was kinda terrible and the audience waiting for the best tattoo judging just didn't seem to give a crap. Only one guy at the very back would randomly make a noise of excitement. I'm pretty sure that was a sympathy cheer. 

I came pretty close to leaving the venue with my media pass. I had to hand it back in, I don't know why though. It's dated on the card as 2016, so it's not like it can be reused. 

The End

All up the trip didn't suck despite being really ill and my mental health being a dick. Staying with band peeps meant going to extra gigs and seeing a whole heap of bands I hadn't heard of before. There's so many nice people in the scene over there and it was awesome to see how much they love Matt and appreciate his work. His book launch was killer - it was like a 12 hour gig and everyone was buying his book. I'd love to do that myself but I don't see it working out. It would be cool to go to Melbourne and now end up with some virus but I'm pretty sure I'm just allergic to the place. Maybe one day I'll see if my 3rd time is lucky.

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Events Music Tattoo Expo https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/4/rites-of-passage-2016-tattoo-music-and-art-festival---day-3 Sun, 24 Apr 2016 13:45:00 GMT
Astrophotography 3 https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/3/astrophotography-3 Our latest adventure took us to Lake Leschenaultia. Given it was the beginning of Autumn I was freezing my hypothetical balls off that night.

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This is probably the least exciting video I've put together but I like trying out time lapses. This was shot last night over 59 minutes. I think I started this around 1am when I decided I didn't want to take any more photos.

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Astrophotography https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/3/astrophotography-3 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:45:00 GMT
Astrophotography 2: East Beverely https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/3/astrophotography-2-east-beverely Last night we made it to East Beverley. Took a bit to find what we were looking for, but here it is! We were out there til about 4am and you don't realise how fast the stars actually move until you're out there taking photos. A 25 second exposure was getting mini star trails (aka movement blur). 

This shot was taken inside one of the rooms. I was up against the back corner sitting on the dirt trying to get a cool pic. I lit the room up with the display of my iPhone. Every other light source - including the iPhone torch turned down to it's absolute minimum - were way too bright and over powered the image. 

Astro_Beverley-025Astro_Beverley-025 We used this technique on my friends shots too. He has a 'torch' app which could have different colours so I went from one room to the other with the red light shining. Looked amazing so I can't wait to see his photos. I contemplated trying it but I didn't want identical photos as him. 

This shot below is my best photo of the night.

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My first ever time lapse video! 

I set the camera to take a photo every 5 seconds for 40 minutes, then the camera converts them into this video.  You just don't realise how fast the world is moving while sitting there!

Next time I'm going to do this for a couple hours and see what happens. I have to do this for tafe but I'm not sure if we have to use the tilt-shift lens or not (it makes everything look miniature) because I'd love to try this at a gig one night, I'm just not sure how I'd go without a flash. 

 

 

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Adventure Time Astrophotography https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/3/astrophotography-2-east-beverely Sun, 13 Mar 2016 08:15:00 GMT
Fringe Festival 2016 https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/2/fringe-festival-2016 Jan 25th
Tonight was my first night shooting this years Fringe World Festival. I had 3 shows to cover and honestly Fringe don't seem to allow for walking time. The roster is actually written as I had to be at show #1 at The Pleasure Garden at 6:45-8pm and show #2 at the cultural centre from 8pm til it finished. If Fringe have teleportation machines somewhere I'd like to know where they are hidden. It took me about 10 minutes to walk there (include a 1-2min stop over at the deli for a much needed sugar boost) plus a toilet break. I got to venue #2 about 5 minutes before it started.

Show #1 was Lady Liberty. I had to be there early to get crowd shots of people lining up, only there was no one there for the show. Got to 7pm and I started to wonder if this show HAD an audience..they rocked up not long later. It was Lady Liberty, a cabaret show, but it didn't do a whole lot for me really. I kept zoning out, I'm not even sure what the point was. I had to leave that show 20 minutes before it finished to get to the next show. They let me in first to pick a seat to shoot from, but then this super tall chick sits in front of me, so I moved to the back row so I could stand up. COSMOnaut was great! Watching a man shred apart how ridiculous Cosmopolitan's sex tips are was so funny...and it made me glad I've never read the stupid magazine because some of the tips were just ludicrous. 

After that show I technically had a 30min break, but after another toilet break and walking back to The Pleasure Garden I managed to miss the crowd even going into Silhouette! I had an asthma attack half way through from all the smoke and it made me get some perspective on shooting at Bar 459, I will never complain again. I watched one guy literally shooting in darkness wondering what his photo looked like on camera, cos I'm shooting the stage and some of these were hit and miss...and a whole lot of red gels which I LOATHE!! The only performance I enjoyed was by Ruby Slippers (there's a photo of her in the NSFW tier!). 

Day 2 of shooting is next week. Hopefully that goes better but they already think I can walk some distance in 5 minutes when even google maps says its a 10 min walk. 

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Ruby Slippers

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Tonight's workload consisted seeing comedian Sami Shah perform Islamofarcist and To The Moon And Back

I'll admit I was wary hearing about the first show. I wasn't sure how a show on racism would be at all funny, but it was hilarious and educational! While most of the Muslim religion is a bit whacked, their taxes go to the poor. THE POOR!! I had no idea and think that's amazing. Only a small percentage of Australian tax dollars goes into welfare (anyone on the streets who cares?!) and people act like you've personally stolen their kidney so you can have food that week. 

Straight off the mark I have to give props to Gillian's astronaut costume. Her Bunnings painters outfit was a way better costume that that worn in COSMOnaut which I'm pretty sure was a legit costume. Half way through the show the costume was somehow taken off and underneath was a wedding dress...which had lights on it! OMG I swear, this is the coolest wedding dress of all time. I want one. God help whoever is foolish enough to want to marry me. I'll probably look like a xmas tree in doc martens. This show was great fun, hilarious and she has an awesome voice. Since 1/2 of you are in Perth, you should see these shows! 

I'm not sure what the deal is with Fringe themselves, but they are being really dodgy this year with uploading photos. Took almost 2 weeks before I saw any online and it was a handful showing the crowd only. Doesn't really inspire anyone to see a show in my opinion. I noticed another photographer uploading them to his page so I've been doing the same. They're going up on my normal FB page so check out Shoot the Wicked Witch! I don't consider them to be amazing by any means but we have to keep editing to a minimum.

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Feb 19: Day 3
For the first time ever I got some crowd photos because there was actually a crowd. I was shooting a show down at the Pleasure Gardens tonight and there were a few street performers. This guy saw me shooting and posed a couple times. Love these pics! 

I need to work out how to get rid of the persistent orange in photos though. That has me stumped in Lightroom so far. 

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My Life In Boxes 
"For someone that isn't real you're really fucking heavy"

This was a 2-person play about a woman whose husband had died and she keeps seeing his ghost.

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Events Fringe Festival https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/2/fringe-festival-2016 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 19:15:00 GMT
First go at Astrophotography! https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/2/first-go-at-astrophotography I FINALLY got to have a go at astrophotography!!! I had a friend who said he'd take me out just over a year ago and it never happened, and my friend Loren is a big star buff so last night we went up into the hills area somewhere and I got to muck around. 

Things I learned last night include I need a torch, and I really need to learn how to walk on a non-flat surface and maybe even buy real sneakers. There was lots of gravel and bits as we walked down to the spot and I almost slipped at one point - this is why I don't go camping. It's hazardous to my health. The area we were on was sloped and I was basically convinced I was going to go sliding down the edge to my death at any point. I didn't move much. 

This particular photo was taken while a plane was going over so that's what's causing the line going through the stars. I've upped the saturation of the colours slightly in Lightroom but mostly I haven't done too much to this. It's also blurry and I probably shouldn't even share it but none of us were pro's at everything on our first attempts! 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Astrophotography https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/2/first-go-at-astrophotography Sun, 07 Feb 2016 06:53:00 GMT
Disco Stu https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/1/disco-stu My friend Stu DJ's for RTR FM and invited me along to one of the sessions he does. Like hell I was going to say no to being able to see inside a radio station and play a couple tunes! The show itself went from 1-6am which I thought would be easy with the way I don't sleep at night, but amazingly by about 3-3:30am I was getting tired and by 4:30 I was really ready for bed. 

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Sadly my USB didn't work in there but I took in a few CD's and got to play a track from Coffin Wolf, Chainsaw Hookers, Nerdlinger, Love Camp 7 and Wolfpack. That made me pretty happy. Quite a few of the bands Stu played I'd never heard of so it was really cool getting to hear some new (old) stuff and discover some different bands. I even got a shout out at the end for keeping him company. My inner 15yr old was like 'wooo my name got mentioned on radio'. Yes, I'm that much of a loser. 

I took my camera with me, Stu said to bring it in, but I ended up a bit self conscious about it. It's like the last bit of my anxiety issues I've just never got past, feeling self conscious with my camera. I didn't want to go full paparazzi and make him awkward while he's doing his thing on the radio so just sat in my seat where I rolled around to the other side of the table and just took a couple shots. I really like this one. I love wide angles for this very reason, perspective is way off so whatever is closest looks huge!! 

If you like rock music (think late 90's Triple J when Triple J played good music) and want to check out the radio show this is the Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/brainbloodvolume You can listen to it online too, one of the listeners was checking in from Rome!  

If you want to see what else Stu gets up to check out Disco's Kitchen [https://www.facebook.com/Discoskitchen/] he's on YouTube and makes awesome mini videos featuring cool bands and quick cooking tutorials. 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Behind The Scenes Music https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/1/disco-stu Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:00:00 GMT
Smashcake Sadness https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/1/smashcake-sadness I think it’s about time we had a realistic look at smashcake sessions. I’ve talked to friends about this who have seen all the pictures photographers take of cute babies in tutu’s or ties smashing a cake to bits and appearing to have the time of their life…this is rarely the case I’ve found. I’ve heard stories of photoshoots where babies are seeing a cake for the first time at the shoot and so obviously have no idea what they are meant to do with it.

My first ever smashcake session the little girl cried as soon as the cake was there, everything was fine until that moment. We got her big sister involved thinking it might help her get into it but no such luck! But the joy of photography is you can change your angles and aperture settings to give some illusion that all went well so the mum can get some good photos out of it, or I can hope the mum is like me and doesn’t mind the ‘crying’ photos.

Next shoot was with my nephew when he turned 2. I thought being a year older might make a difference but I couldn’t be more wrong. After one lick of the icing he stabbed the cake with a fork and started running around the park like a lunatic instead.

Another shoot the little girl didn’t care, the mother didn’t seem to either, and I watched as the other baby came and tested the cake out instead. You just never know how these things will go!

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You can’t even tell he was crying anymore!

Wednesday’s shoot was no exception. I was shooting little Elijah and he has pretty much one of the most organised mums I’ve ever met. She brought cakes, outfits and decorations. I just had to bring my camera! Everything was going ok right up until the cake was set up and the costume was on then the waterworks started. We weren’t sure it was going to end so we took a detour to the playground to see if that would cheer him up and everything went ok after that.

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I’m not going to lie, I really like this photo

Once he was all happy cake #2 came in handy and he started smashing it up on his own and cake was flying through the air. That day I realised taking a dustbuster to shoots might be a good idea for easy cleanup.

I’m not a parent so I have no real advice to give, kids are kids and you just never know what mood they’ll be in at the time which is another reason I prefer to let them be themselves, nobody wants to watch a toddler turn into tiny satan! I’d probably suggest making sure they like cake, double check they’re going to be ok in whatever outfit you want them to wear, and most importantly be a happy camper during the photoshoot and make it seem like it’s tonnes of fun, or they won’t. Unless the photographer you’re hiring is an octopus with two heads, it’s hard to make a child laugh and take a photo at the same time. Sometimes they might need some encouragement just on getting a handful of cake to start them off. Don’t stress about time factors either. No child is going to understand they have 30 minutes to trash a cake, we spent nearly 3 hours at the park on Wednesday and I wasn’t leaving until I was happy I had enough photos everyone could be happy with!

If anyone has any tips themselves on how they survive a smashcake session I’d love to hear them!

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Behind The Scenes Portrait Smashcake https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2016/1/smashcake-sadness Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:44:00 GMT
Alter Ego Photoshoot https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/12/alter-ego-photoshoot AdamPeterScott-006AdamPeterScott-006 On October 30th I had a photoshoot involving this dude and this couch. It had been quite a while since doing a photoshoot in a studio setting since my knee surgery earlier in the year so I was completely flustered and probably making everyone else more nervous at the same time. Nothing makes a person look more incompetent than a dose of anxiety! 

I made a video of myself editing the Alter Ego photo. This is the easiest way to do an alter-ego shoot as nobody overlaps, it's quite literally the most basic way to do it. You just have to make sure you don't knock your tripod between shots and you're set! 

The final image..
I wasn't sure this pairing would work out but I'm quite impressed with it. This is a composite of two images, plus a floor I found on Google which was distorted to resemble some kind of perspective. I cleaned up the chair as well to remove as much damage as I could and softened the skin, which I normally never do but since this is a male I needed too.

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Alter Ego Editing Video Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/12/alter-ego-photoshoot Tue, 08 Dec 2015 15:07:00 GMT
Exploring Melbourne https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/10/exploring-melbourne Oct 24: Brighton Beach
It was on the 'must' list that I see these beach huts. They are so adorable! I want one for pinup shoots. Somebody build me one!! 

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This afternoon I decided I'd get off at a different train station and see how I go finding something of interest. About an hour later I was back in the mall and suddenly wondering how far I actually walked (I'm looking at 5km roughly) and asking myself why I put myself through this torture knowing full well my knee already is stiff and sore from yesterday. My knee last night was swollen about twice the size, and the muscle on the side was protruding. It's really quite impressive. My knee has a bicep!

I started out at a park where I encountered Agent Smith, an extra from the Black Hole Sun video clip, and I think I found where The Smurfs live. Then followed the noise which was the church but it was all locked up so you couldn't get in. Across the road was another church, also locked up. So what I've discovered in Melbourne is nobody is allowed to go to church. Kept randomly walking about and next thing I'm near Parliament House which had two cops at the top of the stairs, and since I'd just had two cops giving me funny looks not 5 minutes earlier I decided not to get too close to this place. Then I was near Lonsdale Road, which is followed by Little Lonsdale Road which made me think of a friend of mine whose surname is Lonsdale and how he's nowhere near little. True story. Wanna hear it again?

This was when I realised how close I was to the mall. I also saw the guy who invented Jurassic Park. He has a walking stick now. So more aimless wandering pretending I can follow Google Maps (Two nights ago I was following Google Maps and ended up 1.6km in hicksville county convinced I was going to be kidnapped while attempting to get to a gig) and mostly found nothing that inspired me so I started heading for the train station and suddenly found the alley way EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN PERTH GOES TOO when in Melbourne. So there, I've done the tourist thing. 

I'm now back at my friend's house looking at the photos hoping something doesn't suck and watching An American Werewolf in London. This movie is on the list of "reasons never to backpack" along with Hostel

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Oct 27th: Dandenong Ranges

While walking around I came to the conclusion that one of us really needed to be wearing a Jason Voorhees mask, that was up until I'd walked so far I'd lost Charissa then decided I was more in Deliverance country (I may have seen too many dodgy movies set in the country side). This area is quite pretty and oh so green! Which for Australia, I didn't realise was even possible. Admittedly I've only driven from Perth to Darwin and back to Perth and that scenery is all:

"That's a lot of red dirt" 

"Hey let's go to the pub for a pitstop"

"oh look more red dirt"

"a tree"

"another pub"

"how about that humidity?"

"Hey this pub has free space invaders! *plays it for 6 hours straight*"

"oh wow more red dirt and OMG TINY WORKER ANTS OF SATAN!!!"

So as you can see, it's terribly exciting.

I basically fail at landscape photography, however I do have a pretty cool photo of some hills. I think I'm good at hills photography. This is not a photo of hills but a photo of the pathway we were walking along before the pathway became a fallen down tree and sludge.

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Adventure Time Melbourne https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/10/exploring-melbourne Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:15:00 GMT
Urbex: Melbourne https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/10/urbex-melbourne Larundel-006Larundel-006 I filmed a couple of sections and I need to remember to focus occasionally but I didn't change the volume so you can only hear me (volume wasn't set to hear my friend or anything else) being an idiot a couple of times while I get excited about basketball hoops and my name. This is probably a good thing really. 

 


 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Melbourne Urban Exploring https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/10/urbex-melbourne Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:36:00 GMT
Perth Zombie Walk https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/10/perth-zombie-walk PZW2015040PZW2015040

Saturday was the Perth Zombie Walk which was organised to raise money for the Brain Foundation. I volunteered to be a photographer as soon as I heard about it because ZOMBIES, and apparently they're my specialty, but closer to the day I wasn't sure I would make it. Since my surgery I've still been a little iffy and I wasn't ready to tempt fate by carrying my camera bag since I have a 'no heavy lifting' ban for about another week I think. Friday night I discovered the walk itself wasn't happening until 1pm which made my day because it meant I could sleep in a bit before heading in so I opted for my small camera bag so I only had the one lens on my camera. 

The event itself was massive. It was held at Russell Square Park in Northbridge. There was a games area for little kids, a laser tag game in another corner, bands, heaps of food vendors and some of the coolest wares for sale at the market stalls. There were three of us running around as official photographers and we had media passes around our necks. That didn't seem to mean too much to some people though. I had one guy actually look at me and stand in front of me on purpose to get a photo..even though I was clearly standing there with my camera pointed taking photos of the walkers coming by. Another shot I was doing later someone stood in front of me with their phone. My homicidal tendencies tend to kick in at moments like these but good news, nobody died. My camera isn't insured yet. It wouldn't be smart. 

I caught up with my brother and his family who had been there since morning, both him and his son were dressed up as Pyramidhead from Silent Hill. I told the organiser tonight they need to make him a sideshow attraction next year - he had swarms of people coming up to take photos with him, charge everyone $1 and that would be one hell of a money raiser for them! 

I'm discovering since doing more gig work I'm getting to be a bit more open with strangers and asking to take their photo. It's always awesome knowing you're getting over your anxiety a bit at a time. Who knows, maybe by the time I'm 70 I'll be over it completely...because I'll be senile and won't remember. I don't really know the best way to stop a child though and go "hey let me take your photo!". One young boy did and I told him to give me his best zombie impersonation and I have to say, he did better than most of the adults. Later I found three brothers all dressed the same and I had to get a photo of them. I showed them the photo afterwards on the back of the camera so they could see it and they thought it was cool. 
 

If I'd been smart at all this day I would have taken my zombie flyers, but apparently I'm not. If I were a genius I would have worn my zombie shirt I even had made up with my website on the back, not that that would have worked seeing as I wore my denim vest that day. Let's just say that was a bad move given the heat! Perth is skipping Spring this year and gone straight to summer and I'm not happy about it. Summer in Perth now lasts 6 months. 

I spent most of the day convinced my photos were terrible because being mid-day the sun is right on top of us and it can get tricky. The walk itself was harder, apparently Perth zombies don't shuffle, they walk at a steady pace. I decided the walk was beyond me and I took a shortcut to see them come out the other side. My brother was on stilts for his costume, so he ended up coming last and looked like he had his own escort crew with all the volunteers walking with him. It was pretty funny to watch. 

You can find out more about the event, and soon all the photos taken, over on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPerthZombieWalk

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Events Horror https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/10/perth-zombie-walk Sun, 11 Oct 2015 18:00:00 GMT
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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Photo Restoration https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/10/restoration---1970s-baby-photo Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:58:00 GMT
The day I broke up with my gallbladder https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/9/the-day-i-broke-up-with-my-gallbladder This day was coming however things took a turn for the worse two weeks ago and my ass landed in the ER – yet again..

Three weeks ago I had dinner like normal and BAM…pains kicked in. Thought awesome, here we go yet again. Warned my brother that there may be a hospital trip later but the pains stayed constant and didn’t get any worse.

Next day I head up to the shops to send off some stuff I sold on Ebay and visited my bro. He didn’t sleep the night before waiting for a call from me which didn’t happen so I bought him a chocolate bar. That’s what you do right? Pains were coming and going but not getting severe enough.

Friday comes along and out of frustration I call Health Direct for advice on what to do. She tells me to see the GP right away, so I do. 3 hours later I have the GP asking me (actually it was almost lecturing me in disbelief) why I’m not at the hospital right now. So I told him, mentioned the surgery is just over a week away and could I get some pain killers. I really didn’t see what else he could really do anyways considering the time. That night I go to see some friends in town and the pains just kept increasing and in that time got 3 more lecturers on why the hell I’m out when I should be at home/hospital/somewhere getting better. I even got a “please don’t die” talk from one friend. And here I was thinking I was overly dramatic! But like normal, the pains went away by midnight and I got some sleep. My main goal was just to make it through Saturday because I had work that night.

Saturday started off ok but with an extra surprise that had me calling Health Direct again for advice. This would turn out to be the biggest mistake of my life. I get told I’m fine and it’s most likely something I ate – I had a banana that day. Pretty sure that doesn’t suddenly turn things orange!! Even google told me if you have gallbladder issues and it’s orange there’s a fairly big problem. But I stupidly listened to her and went in to work, but come 6pm the pains all started up again and got worse. I spent the night with my camera in one hand and clutching my ribs with the other. Come midnight it calmed down again.

Sunday things are repeating and decided nope, I’m just going straight to the ER! My aunt drove up and I met her there and we waited a couple hours until I could finally go in and see someone. I was instantly plugged into machines to check my blood pressure which for the only time in the next 5 days would be high (122/80 is apparently hypertension), and was hooked up to a saline drip. As if that wasn’t going to end up on snapchat! Obligatory hospital selfies are a must. On the other side of the curtain we got to listen to some woman bitching about her health and the more she talked the more I was convinced she probably had my issue only I’m healthy by comparison. She sat there quite happily telling the nurses how she binge eats twice a day and it’s all fatty foods and then she ends up really sick and she’ll eat smaller healthier meals but she really doesn’t see the point because she doesn’t feel any better…that’s probably because you’ve already clogged every artery with fat! Several times we heard about how she’s a flight attendant and 29. But apparently nobody has ever been able to work out what’s wrong with her and she wasn’t going home until they worked it out. About 2 hours later a nurse returned to tell her they are more than sure its her gallbladder. CALLED IT!!

By 2am I get told I’m being booked in and getting a room and my aunt headed home. Thankfully the beds were a bit more comfortable up there but it wasn’t like I could sleep anyway. I had to fast on top of everything and was really regretting not drinking more earlier. I had an ultra sound to check for a blockage and two hours later the surgeon has come to see me, lets me know I’m jaundiced and that there’s a stone blocking somewhere (My guess liver since I turned into a Simpsons character) and get told I’m having surgery today and that it would include a tube being shoved down my throat to find the runaway stone. I freaked. Anxiety hasn’t been my friend leading up to this but I was just in tears and couldn’t stop. The operating room the guy gives me something to calm me down but mostly I think he just drugged me so I’d pass out faster. It worked. 8pm I get taken back to my room and my aunt was sitting there waiting for me. Surgery was a couple of hours apparently. I was too groggy to really know what the hell was happening other than I was sore, I apparently had two cannulas in my arm now and there was an oxygen mask on my face. I also had a new room mate who apparently needed her tv on really loudly and only turned it off when the nurse came to check on me. The hatred began that night.

Tuesday I finally got to eat. I also realised fully then I had a drain in my side and it was so uncomfortable I spent half the day waiting for it to be taken out only to be told nope maybe tomorrow. The food was an ordeal on it’s own and just made me wonder if the kitchen staff have full aneurysms when they get vegans as patients. I don’t eat red meat as it makes me sick, so does dairy but I can have butter on a sandwich and this was just too much for them to grasp. I felt bad for the lady who had to take my orders because they wouldn’t even listen to her and would get nurses to ask me and still manage to make the order weird. So for lunch I’m meant to get a super bland chicken sandwich. I get sent two, one with butter and one without. Honestly I couldn’t tell either way but why I needed two sandwiches was anyone’s guess. Then dinner was chicken. Then the next day the options were chicken or fish and I wasn’t about to have the “fish gives me headaches” talk because this was all too hard already. Food consisted of chicken or eggs for each meal. I love eggs but I got bored really fast. The new roommate was older and incredibly annoying. Like if I wasn’t stuck in bed I may have smothered her while she slept. Everything about her was annoying. She couldn’t fathom how to turn a bathroom light on even when I told her how too she ignored me and called out to the nurse in the hallway for help. She would gulp her water down like there was a microphone lodged in her throat. Every meal it was “I can’t eat this because of my teeth…” – they’re false. The piece of toast wasn’t a damn brick! Then I would hear her slurp her cornflakes for what seemed like an eternity. I was so glad when she finally had her surgery because I finally got to sleep that night (I hadn’t slept since being admitted). It wasn’t the best but it was still something.

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Wednesday saw the drain finally get taken out. I always thought taking my bra off was the best feeling in the world. It comes 2nd to having a drain removed. The noisy old bat got to leave that morning and the next patient came in. Young girl who was pretty quiet, even with 3 visitors at once they barely made any noise. By then though I was feeling forever alone and having a whinge to a friend and she ended up surprise visiting me. Thursday morning I was allowed to go home. I was staying at my aunt’s til I felt better. That basically lasted a week and the tears were back and I cried myself a river in her loungeroom from stress until she came home and it was another trip to the ER/After hours GP for a check up and home, where I’m still randomly crying or not sleeping until stupid hours of the morning (mostly when the sun rises) and randomly sore.

Every blood test during those few days to check my liver had to be from my right arm and I basically looked like a crack addict by the time I left I was bruising so badly. I was getting injections in my legs as well to stop clotting and they left more bruises. It took about 12 hours for my left arm to remember how to work once the cannula was taken out, I suddenly lost the ability to work out distances and hit myself in the face at least once while trying to do something to my hair. Every single blood pressure reading was really low as well, I’m not even sure if that’s normal for me because nobody has ever told me except when I’m in hospital. By Tuesday night/Wednesday they were bringing in a manual reader to do it and try and get a better reading then then just started doing it from my left arm because it’s closer to my heart.

So now it’s two weeks since surgery and in two more weeks I get to have a check up with the surgeon. I found a lump on Friday near my belly button scar but I’m keeping an eye on it until I see him. Hopefully it’s nothing more than scar tissue/or goes away by then. I’m on some super shitty diet too (ok in all seriousness it’s pretty much the same as what I eat now but without the comfort foods like cake and biscuits) where the only fun thing I can eat are Fruit Loops and lollies, which would be great if I liked lollies but I’m more a cake, chocolate and twisties girl and I can’t have them. I can’t have anything with more than 10% fat. I can have soft drink again but after four months I apparently don’t like coke anymore so if you need to kick that habit there you go – it won’t take long and you won’t feel a thing!

I’m currently miserable, cranky, depressed, could use more sleep, could use not being randomly sore, could really use cake, could use motivation to work on photos but I have none. Hopefully October improves. Everyone keeps insisting I need some good luck finally but mostly I laugh at them.

 

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Health https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/9/the-day-i-broke-up-with-my-gallbladder Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:00:00 GMT
Nudes in the forest https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/9/nudes-in-the-forest As usual I’ve forgotten I own a blog and neglected this again. This year has been fairly crap where my health has been concerned with my knee and other issues so I’ve focussed on only doing a few photo shoots that I’ve really been keen to try out. It’s no secret amongst friends that I love tattoos. I have a HUGE appreciation for them but so far I’ve been too chicken shit to get my own so I found myself a girl covered in tattoos to do an artistic nude shoot at Gnangara Pine Plantation. This was my first submission on my Patreon account and I’ve pretty much decided to start a Free The Nipple segment on there just for giggles since Facebook and Instagram will have an aneurysm at the thought of a photo being uploaded. I think out of the entire shoot there was one whole photo I could share on Facebook because they can’t handle seeing nipples. Just about every living thing has them, I don’t know why they are considered so offensive.

This shoot turned out great! There was a fire nearby so the sky was mostly glowing orange and despite not having horns for the day we found inspiration in pine cones and sticks instead. I had taken my portable lighting gear with me but never ended up using it. This shoot has basically inspired me to do more nudes and try out different things.

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(Shoot the Wicked Witch) Art Nudes Portrait https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/9/nudes-in-the-forest Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:30:00 GMT
Minnie Mouse Grew Up A Cow https://www.shootthewickedwitch.com/blog/2015/6/minnie-mouse-grew-up-a-cow Mickey_MouseMickey_Mouse FINDING A MODEL

It took me 5 years to find a model for this photoshoot. I honestly never thought it would be this difficult. You see so many models who only pose in lingerie/bikinis you think it would be easy to find someone, but I had a model tell me "oh no, I don't want that in my portfolio". It's a crime to be creative apparently. In 2015 I had another go and Penny Purr raised her hand. Penny Purr [https://www.instagram.com/penny_purr/] is a local rapper/hip hop artist. She's covered in tattoos, all attitude and knows how to have fun. She was perfect for this! 

THE SHOOT

On shoot day we all met in Northbridge. I'm not sure what I was thinking but I thought we'd be able to do this in the park quite easily, except it got dark pretty fast and we moved to Dome cafe. 

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