The Scar Project; Breast Cancer is Not a Pink Ribbon

Prepare to be moved. About the SCAR project:

The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.

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See more images here.

There isn’t one image that isn’t moving in some way. I could seriously post every single one of them.

My mom survived breast cancer, among a slew of other things. She’d be an amazing candidate for this project. Scars on her legs, chest and breast.

What an amazing project. Let’s toast to science and awareness.


If all else fails, I could always roast coffee at a tourist trap in Bali

One of the places we visited in Bali was a coffee farm on the way to a volcano.

A little 16-year-old girl took us on the tour where were able to see lots of different plants growing, like clove, vanilla, cocoa, etc.

While on the tour, we were able have our photo taken while stirring up some beans.

We also tried Luwak coffee, which is made from feeding a cat-like animal coffee beans. The workers collect the shit from said animal, and roast the shat beans and sell for about a zillion dollars a pound.

Okay, maybe it was $50 or more a pound. I’m not sure it was that good.

Here are a couple other shots we’re editing this afternoon:


Revisiting street photography

Yesterday I posted a shot of a guy in Times Square holding up an apocalyptic sign. I’ve been playing catch up with a lot of different work, and I’ve had one computer dedicated to backups and archives of old projects.

That’s where I found the shot of the man and also this one of the gazing young girl.

The girl was being photographed by the curly-haired dude in the right of the frame. Well, she’s not being photographed at that second. They’re taking a bit of a break.

I was using a 50 MM lens so I’m fairly close to her. I’m almost positive she knew I was shooting her. I loved the gaze. I loved the color of her dress.

I ran the image through a couple touchups, and I decided to post a comparison to show how even a pretty girl can benefit from minor touchups and we can all benefit from Photoshop in general. Since I never responded to Biodork on the topic from this thread, I feel it’s still an important issue to talk about.

Here’s a side by side comparison. Try to look past the color differences. That’s not what we’re covering. Click to enlarge.

The differences are primarily a smoother skin tone, brighter whites in her eyes, and reduced baggage under her eyes. 🙂

Reduced baggage. Ha.

The photo is naturally grainy, because I took it on the street and it’s night. When you look closely, there’s a natural uneven skin tone that we all have. And maybe you didn’t know or realize it was there, but side-by-side, it makes a difference.

I didn’t spend a lot of time on this image, but I thought I would point it out.




Somewhat short, relatively ignorant review of last night’s Republican debate in Arizona

Apart from clips on the Internet, which really don’t count, I haven’t watched any of the Republican debates. I’ve wanted to, but managed to miss them every time.

So when I heard about last night’s debate with only four candidates, I thought I better tune in.

Let me be up front. I can’t stand Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich. And after last night, I still can’t. And while I’ve read and understand a lot of the criticisms for Ron Paul and Mittens, I have a softer spot for those two.

Paul ain’t your average bear. I had my eye on him the last election, and felt impressed by him. Fellow atheist Cynical-C posts lots about his racism and other downfalls.

Since Mitt Romney seems more middle of the road, like Obama (to many of us social liberals, but obviously not social conservatives), I can get somewhat behind him.

Romney behaves less shady on camera. Did you notice? He gives everyone eye contact. He speaks plainly, and though he douches up the political hullaballoo left and right, at least he tracks you with eye contact. Gingrich, Paul and especially Santorum, are always looking down and around. They are scratching their balls and wondering what they are going to say next. Romney gets a thumbs up for sitting right between two dickheads who ganged up on him several times and looking them right in the face when they belittled him.

One thing I like about the candidates is that most of them speak very clearly, unlike George Bush. And I’m not talking about his southern drawl. Bush was the live action Elmer Fudd. In one sentence, I could go from Bali and back and he’d still be stammering on about “‘merica” and “turrarists”. Santorum was the candidate who hosed the audience with long, drawn-out responses, and Romney was correct to say things like, “Well, I don’t know if I followed all of that, but …” and then hit some points.

If I had to vote for those guys, I’d vote for Romney, then Paul, then Obama, then Margaret Thatcher, then Pol Pot, then Gingrich, then Satan, then Santorum.


I’m sure all the pundits and talking heads tackled the hell out of the debate last night and will cover it today. I don’t watch that shit. Here are the notes I took while I was cooking last night listening to/watching the debate.

  • I’m was offended by Mitt Romney’s use of the words, “Adoption Business.” I’m adopted. Don’t remind me that it’s a business. That there’s a price on the heads of babies and kids who need homes with loving families.
  • Abstinence-only programs for teenagers? What! We should encourage sex in that group! Where the fuck hell are the abstinence programs for the Catholic priests! Where are the abstinence programs for all the conservative American men who patronize whores, cheat on their wives, frequent brothels overseas?
  • Michele Bachmann was extremely quiet during this debate.
  • Often, the candidates went into meandering rants, but if they wanted to reel it in, all the candidate had to do was criticize Obama, and voila! Applause and hoots!
  • Maybe I heard it wrong, but didn’t Gingrich and Santorum both say they’d blast the hell out of Iran despite our American general’s recommendation for diplomacy?
  • In my naivety, the only candidate with a chance to beat Obama seems to be Romney. But what I am scared of is that it’s actually Santorum. I can’t see the entire Republican base and Independent swingers pulling for his idiocy. But after talking to some republicans and their inability to NOT vote republican, I could be wrong. I apologize for the double negative.

That’s it. I’m sure I swore profanities during the discussion on the “War on Faith.” This country is free to believe in any way it wants to the point of tipping in the favor of Christianity, even under Obama’s perceived reign of terror.

These candidates are great at one thing: fear mongering.