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Apparently, I got hacked by the Russian spam artists. Sorry to people whose friend's list were clogged by my sudden hijacked feed. It's been cleared up, a new password installed and it shouldn't happen again.
I was raised by my family in peace and love until the Circle came and took me away. I was thrown into a cold stone tower and forced to eat servitude and humiliation for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes even for elevenses.

I was trained at the Circle for ten years and passed my Harrowing with flying colors, but thanks to the economy (and large amounts of grouchy Templars) I cannot get a normal job shovelling shit on a street corner. My employment options pretty much come down to either making potions for wandering adventurers or becoming Tranquil.

I was told that Andraste was a figure of love and light who wanted only the best for her children. Except, of course, for me and my demon-touched ilk. So while the Chantry officials get to eat the best food, live in the warmest castles and have the best health insurance on Theda, I have to hope that a darkspawn doesn't claw its way out of the local sewers and slice into me.

I am the 99% (of mages)

#OccupyKirkwall

Further Updates of the Atlas/Eros Project

For those who were interested in my last post regarding the Atlas/Eros Project, here are some of the photographs I have finished since the 9th.

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I have another three or four shoots planned for next week, so keep an eye on the Atlas/Eros Flickr collection for updates if you don't want to wait for my sporadic updating over here. :)

Also, it is worth noting that I am still looking for women of color as models, especially (but not limited to) African, Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean descent. If you are such a person and are interested or know someone who might be interested, please let me know if you would be willing to participate.
So some of you have heard me yakking on Facebook or G+ about The Atlas/Eros Project. Many of you on here, however, probably have NOT heard about it beyond the one recruitment post I had made. So let me give you a bit of background and where I am now. After that, there will be photos. Rather like cookies and punch after the church meeting!

The Atlas/Eros Project is a study of the female back from just above the nape of the neck to just below the rise of the buttocks. Sounds rather dry, I know but the preview works that I have put out have gathered very positive responses and the models that I have worked with to date have been very enthusiastic about the results. My goal with the project is to present an area of the female body which I feel does not receive the attention which it deserves and in a way that highlights the differences and similarities between individual women. Part of this project is the inclusion of many different body types, ethnicities and ages, which I have managed to do well in some cases and not so well in others. Thankfully, this is an ongoing project with a tentative close date set late next year.

At present, I am interested in photographing more women of color of all body types and ages although I will certainly consider any volunteer regardless of ethnicity. My only limitation at this point is purely physical - I have work and money considerations which force me to work mostly in the KC area. I have some tentative trips plotted but they will be late this year at the earliest if they happen at all.

For those who are curious, I have a selection of the A/E Project open for viewing at Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/eatingmywords/sets/72157627632021434/ - and I encourage those interested to take a look. For those less inclined to go spelunking off into the Internet, I present the following small selection.

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Recruitment Drive - Atlas/Eros Project

As some of you may know, I am presently working on a project that has been around since 2008 called the Atlas/Eros project. This is a study of the female back from just above the nape of the neck to just below the rise of the buttocks. Sounds rather dry, I know but the preview works that I have put out have gathered very positive responses and the models that I have worked with to date have been very enthusiastic about the results. My goal with the project is to present an area of the female body which I feel does not receive the attention which it deserves and in a way that highlights the differences and similarities between individual women.

For you models, the shoot is really pretty easy. It involves no makeup, no hair and about fifteen to twenty minutes of shooting. It is a topless shoot, but only of your back without any frontal nudity or facial shots at all. I am good with using pseudonyms and initials for model descriptions (in fact, I encourage it) and am willing to do work-for-prints or (depending on model experience) money for services rendered. Since I am doing this project with an eye towards a gallery show and/or book afterwards, model releases will be required.

I am looking for models of all shapes and sizes so please don't feel that your body type may not be what I am looking for. I also need all ethnicities and skin tones because this project is as much about texture and how light reflects and wraps around skin as it is about curvature and muscles. The only requirement that I have is that you be reasonably (within an hour) of Kansas City if I need to come to you. If you are willing to come to me, then I am fine with you being from wherever. :)

Please contact me on here or at russ@russmattphoto.com if you are interested or have any questions.

Dance Project!

Dancer miischelle is having a Dance Challenge for August. She is videotaping a new dance for 5 user suggested songs, performing the first minute of each. Whichever gets the most thumbs up she will do a full performance to. Since the song I suggested was one that made the cut into the top five, I feel that EVERYONE needs to go to YouTube and give that video the thumbs up. JUST. SAYING. :)

For full details, check out her blog at http://inutska.blogspot.com/2011/08/dancechallengeaugust.html

Aug. 7th, 2011

Presently working a couple of projects. The one that mainly has me by the metaphorical nose is converting TSR's old Al-Qadim setting from 2nd edition to 4th edition. There is a serious dearth of info on that out in the Internet and while I see where one guy started the project, he didn't exactly make it publicly available for fear that WotC would steal his content.

That is all.

Jul. 21st, 2011

Got into a Facebook discussion today with someone I know from the old town and they were spouting about how the big difference between socialism and capitalism comes down to motivation. Why should he, who is busting his ass to earn $125 a day, do so when the other guy who is lazy (his words) is working just hard enough that he is only earning $50 because the government will come in and tax him to give the other guy a handout.

My answer was thus - because you have no idea if That Guy is actually lazy or not. He could be injured or crippled. He could have a defect that prevents him from working as effectively as you. He could be older than you, thus unable to work as hard as you. There are any number of reasons why he could fail to come up to your level of productivity and even more reasons why he deserves our assistance but to break it down to the most basic level, let me tell you WHY there should be help for him - because one day, HE could be YOU.

All it takes is one screw-up, one stupid accident, one act of God and you could be maimed for life. Crippled and unable to do even the simplest of things like get out of bed or change your own clothing. I think that would necessarily preclude earning a living. And on that day, you will find that your value to the Great Capitalist Movement has been reduced to zero. And by your own logic, why should I - a fully functional and productive member of society - give you the bread off my table to survive when you can die and I can eat better?

My answer is because I believe in the common good. Everyone deserves help because everyone falls down.

Jul. 18th, 2011

For those who were not aware, I am on Google+ now. Just thought you might want to know.
In the spirit of Republicans for Voldemort and at the behest of the community of gamera_spinning, I present the following:

Baratheon / Bachmann 2012

Tee hee.