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Sugar Skull Sister

Photo taken by contributor Ashley Lily Scarlett aka Syncopated Eyeball, a 53-year-old woman who has experienced bouts of depression of various degrees, on and off since she was 12-years-old. She also suffers from anxiety, gets easily over stimulated, and has a bit of social phobia. Recently she finally received a diagnosis of bipolar type II, so she will now hopefully be directed to more appropriate medications. Blogging and photography are very important to her. Usually when she is taking or editing her photographs, everything else disappears from her consciousness and she is firmly ‘in the moment’.

About this photo: “Here’s my beloved sister; she did the make-up herself and it was her first attempt. Kerry and I share a quirky sense of humour and we both have a playful streak, as evidenced here; this was done just for the fun of it. She is a blessing in my life.”

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21 comments on “Sugar Skull Sister

  1. Carolyn Hughes
    April 25, 2013

    That is a very interesting photo!

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  2. leec007
    April 25, 2013

    I feel strange leaving this reply as l am the same age as your sister. I cannot control my enery or sociability. I am lost. I hope she knows what an understanding and loving sister she has. I have not been ill for 40 years. But sometimes it feels like it.
    I love the look of joy

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    • Syncopated Eyeball
      April 27, 2013

      You’re the same age as me. 🙂 My sister is the one in the picture. I am the one who took the picture.
      I’m sorry you feel lost, I do sometimes too, I’m also not very sociable, I like to spend a lot of time in my own company doing this and that but I find if I do that for too long it turns into ‘isloating’.

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  3. paulscribbles
    April 26, 2013

    Inspired by The Mexican Day of the Dead perhaps? Great shot.

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    • Syncopated Eyeball
      April 27, 2013

      Yes, that’s exactly right. 🙂

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      • paulscribbles
        April 27, 2013

        Wonderfully evocative. Good work.

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  4. The make-up is so very well done. It manages to both frighten and bring laughter.
    An interesting photo day, I’m sure.

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    • Syncopated Eyeball
      April 27, 2013

      Thank you. I like contrasts.
      And yes, it was fun taking the photos (there is a series of them) and also processing them. 🙂

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  5. John
    April 26, 2013

    Brilliant!

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  6. bluebrightly
    April 26, 2013

    Wow – that’s a truly creative skull – not your average bones – and a great photo.

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    • Syncopated Eyeball
      April 27, 2013

      It’s a truly fine make-up job my sister Kerry did there! She really is a lot of fun. 🙂

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  7. autisticaplanet
    April 28, 2013

    My 1st thought was this is fun and happy. It truly shows in her expression. Having Asperger’s, I don’t always pick up on facial expressions (or I assume my own outcome). It was good to know I was right in my assumption. Very artistic and creative as well.

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  8. Stephen G. Hipperson
    April 28, 2013

    Lovely portrait – the word ‘fun’ is shouting at me – I particularly like the choice of backdrop – harmonious but still giving separation.

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  9. spilledinkguy
    April 29, 2013

    I think S.E. mentioned this already but she has created a whole Sugar Skull Sister series… each one is worth absolutely worth the look…
    🙂

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  10. David Oliveras
    May 15, 2013

    Superb, playful and loaded with deep saturated color. I love it. Nice work.

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