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Self Portrait Experimentation

Photo taken by contributor Kait Mauro, a 22-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native who has lived all over the country. Kait has a diagnosis of major depression, severe and recurrent, as well as having experienced anxiety and disordered eating during her teenage years. She is currently an undergraduate at Washington University in Saint Louis where she studies Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Creative Writing. Her primary mediums are poetry and photography, though she has also been known to dabble in printmaking and other genres of writing. She seeks to understand her experiences and to connect with others through her art.

About this photo: “I made this collage with Photoshop after being inspired by the collage work of some other artists I admire one afternoon. There was a funny white flower right on the tip of my chin in the original, which I didn’t notice right away but it drove me mad once I did notice it — it became all I could see! I went back and altered it a few times, and this is the final version.

Find more from Kait at and her flickr.


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9 comments on “Self Portrait Experimentation

  1. capturemysoulphotography
    December 3, 2013

    Oh, I am so in love with this. It’s so captivating. ❤


  2. Linda Å
    December 3, 2013

    So beautiful, a magic picture, wonderful work!


  3. kmsraj51
    December 3, 2013
  4. Esmee's Photography Blog
    December 3, 2013

    Great idea for a photo!


  5. Audrey Bourget
    December 3, 2013



  6. Leah Givens
    December 4, 2013



  7. Elina
    December 5, 2013

    A stunning self portrait!


  8. Paula McLane Jennings
    December 9, 2013

    I love it! Awesome photo!


  9. ag
    December 14, 2013

    Nicely done!


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