Left: Reliquary arm of St. Valentine 14th century Swiss Right: 2 Chainz
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Since when is self-care so heavily defined by treating yourself to items you can buy? Self-care should be about you & making sure you feel good and healthy as much as you can at a certain point in time. Self-care is about improving your (mental) health. It’s not buying a lipstick. It is the act of putting a lipstick on when you’re in a bad place and you know it might help you. Self-care can be difficult, too. Self-care should be making sure you eat well, sleep enough etc. Self-care starts with getting to know yourself and learning what you truly need to end up feeling better. This is hard and it’s a long process. Self-care could be putting yourself to bed early and waking up at a regular times so your day will feel structured and your mind refreshed. Self-care could be making lists and feeling that surge of happiness when you completed something. Self-care is you, you & YOU, not products, not instant gratification.
Test Shots is an ongoing series of portraits taken in the studio with photography couple Rog and Bee Walker. Each photograph, taken mostly of their close friends and fellow creatives, is as striking as it is simple.
Opting for a sombre and dark background, coupled with poised and pensive subjects, Walker’s shots manage to maximize on the simplicity of the traditional portrait style by making use of a medium format camera that provides an image quality which, despite the powerful stillness of each individual, vividly brings the details of each photograph to life. This brings out both a sense of strength and vulnerability in each picture, alluding to the intimate two-way dialog between subject and photographer.
"This is the most organic method of communication I have. Photography is the way I speak…It doesn’t get more personal than another human, and that’s what I’m looking to capture, that connection between humanity." - Rog Walker
"I’m a misanthrope."
Translation: “I’ve been hurt several times in the course of life like other people have but I’d rather spend my time and energy looking down on people that I don’t know and assuming my hatred of the world around me makes me the most fascinating and original philosopher of all time. Nihilist quotes on Facebook make my dick hard and I love quoting Molière. Essentially I’m a negative weak bitch and will opt being one for the rest of my life.”