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Up All Night

Photo taken by contributor Elijah Weerts, a 20-year-old photography student. People have always seen him as the outgoing, fun to be around, positive kid all through his life. He wasn’t ever “allowed” to be sad or at least he felt that he had to be the person who made everyone feel better. He thought that if he showed that he was sad that he was letting people down. Elijah has been a photography major for the past four semesters of college, and every time he does self-portraits people seem to respond to them very emotionally. Whether it be happy, uncomfortable, or sad, people are drawn to them. Photography allows him to show how he is feeling without having to say anything. It lets all of him be shown in a way people can somehow relate to and that’s what he gets passionate about. He wants people to feel something when they see his images. He wants people to actually stop and think about who they are.

About this photo: “One night I was feeling overwhelmed by all the circumstances that were going on around me.  I could not fall asleep at all and it was nearly 3am. I was exhausted when I looked up to see these wonderful shadows being cast on my wall from the moons glow through my blinds.  All the leading lines towards the middle seemed perfect for how I was feeling.  I placed myself in the corner and used a long exposure where I stood for about 10 seconds in the corner then left the other 20 to the blank wall. It gave me that ghost effect and made me look like I’m being overtaken which is exactly how I felt.

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21 comments on “Up All Night

  1. jmgoyder
    April 19, 2013

    Me too tonight.

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    • cowzarific
      April 20, 2013

      You’ll make it through. :} I did! I’m here for you!

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  2. sustainabilitea
    April 19, 2013

    Makes me tired just looking at it. 🙂 And the B&W works well for this type of shot.

    janet

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    • cowzarific
      April 20, 2013

      I thought the B&W worked better as well. It added a certain heaviness to it.

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  3. Awesome interpretation!

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  4. MixerUpper
    April 19, 2013

    Lots of emotion swirling around in one small picture.

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  5. Lily Mugford
    April 19, 2013

    brilliant interpretation, brilliant photo… Well done.

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  6. Marie
    April 19, 2013

    Incredible shot! One cannot look at this and walk away without emotion.

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  7. Leah Givens
    April 19, 2013

    Wow…great image and emotion conveyed…and makes me rethink the use of lighting in some of my own photographs. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Ilusión
    April 20, 2013
  9. Bastet
    April 21, 2013

    Very impressive, really fantastic.

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  10. autisticaplanet
    April 22, 2013

    I always say to ask a doctor first, even if it is OTC, but maybe try Melatonin, a natural supplement available @ any pharmacy. Take it 90 minutes before you want to fall asleep. Our bodies don’t always make enough of it, and we need more of it @ night.
    Your picture is fantastic! I am still only using a point-and-shoot, but I hope to work with different shutter speeds now that the weather is warming up. Other than that, did you use any digital editing, etc…?

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  11. ausedpoetictragedy
    May 6, 2013

    Reblogged this on …Truth… Something To Die For… and commented:
    this photo…. touches my soul….to say the least… the artist has inspired me to go work on my own art, as opposed to being trapped in the current turmoil of my own mind…. saying thank you to him is not enough….

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  12. ausedpoetictragedy
    May 6, 2013

    hey … thank you… tonight i have been on “razor’s edge” so to speak… i am not bipolar but i have borderline, c-ptsd and depersonalization disorder… i almost gave up 2night, but, because of this photo, because of YOU… i’m gonna get outta bed and work on some art..maybe try submitting it to this site, even though i’m scared to be rejected ha. Point is…. i can’t thank you enough for this. you’ve inspired and motivated someone who was just about a half inch away from losing control. thank you, thank you so very much….

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