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Brooke Shaden / 816 items

N 188 B 4.4K C 14 E Sep 9, 2021 F Sep 9, 2021
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Humans are predatory.
It's in our nature to dominate, to kill, to survive.
But what if we did not show our power in force, but in softness?
What if we gave as much respect to any other living being simply because the act of living is a brave one?
…and recognized in ourselves that same bravery?

As a devoted vegan, I would be remiss to share this image without reflecting on the almost 10 years I've dedicated myself to a more compassionate lifestyle. I know I'm just one person, but that has to be enough, because that's all I can be. I battle selfishness every day. It’s easier not to care.

I'm constantly struck by how much this topic triggers people. The word 'vegan' may as well be a battle cry for how people react. And I understand it, because we don't like to have our morals questioned, to have our way of living put down or devalued (even by way of learning someone else’s view, attack mounted or not). I was 25 when I became vegan, and up to that point I vehemently fought against it. I loved my way of life, I hated feeling judged. I didn't want to acknowledge the suffering I caused. I'm not better than anyone else for choosing this lifestyle, because I know that we all do what we can in our own ways, for different causes, and in our own time.

Here’s the point: we will all come up against ideas that challenge us...ideas that make us feel less than, and we will want to defend ourselves so as not to acknowledge the gap between what we *are* doing and what we *could* be doing. I have faced those ideas since, will face more. It is my duty to meet them with humility, knowing that I can always, always find a deeper place of connection to the world.

"Predatory" self-portrait, September 2021

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N 578 B 62.4K C 29 E Sep 7, 2021 F Sep 7, 2021
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"Dreaming in Fluid Motion", self-portrait, September 2021
...From when I hiked 2 miles at dawn to my local pond in the forest, saw a herd of elk, watched the blue mist lift from the pine trees, and laid myself down in the murky water where I closed my eyes and drifted on my pillow.

Because life is too rich to miss out on those 6am plunges. Trust me.


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It means different things. It's dark and it's light. It's sorrowful and it's hopeful. It's dreamy and it's drowning. She's sleeping and she's dying. She's floating and she's struggling.
Sometimes, we're both.

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The water is a wild tonic -
let it drown the piece of you that claws at the lake's shore
and fill the vacancy in that road-side motel where your memories dwell.

The water is a wild tonic -
your ripples turn to frantic screams for help as you flail in the deep
and the water answers in a lapping siren song to pull you under.

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N 170 B 6.8K C 8 E Aug 23, 2021 F Aug 23, 2021
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I wish we could all wear our wounds on our faces.
I wish it was as acceptable to ask about someone's scars as it is to ask about how they got their hair so shiny, or where they got their shirt from.
I wish, with a single glance, someone could see what I've been through.
I want to see yours, too.
I want to know the jungle you trekked through, how you came out the other side, or if you're still in it.
I want to help sew you up.
I want help sewing myself up.

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N 1.2K B 73.8K C 83 E Aug 18, 2021 F Aug 18, 2021
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Hang up the life you thought you wanted in favor of the life that actually makes you happy.

Hang up the person you thought you should be for the person you most need to become.

Let go of the pieces of yourself that create limiting boundaries on your life; they try to stop you from roaming.

Let yourself be free of the clothes that dress you like sheep when your warrior spirit is trying to come alive.

These are my pledges today.

New work "Hung Out to Dry", self portrait August 2021.

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N 552 B 97.0K C 29 E Aug 1, 2021 F Aug 1, 2021
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Some symbolism of beetles says that insects are representative of the souls of the dead. Beetles often visit me in my dreams and manifest in night terrors - giant bugs attacking me. Reframing what we fear can change the thing itself. What if the bugs that my subconscious dreams up are actually souls of the dead? What if my dreams are past lives, what if they are future lives? I don't particularly think any of that is true, but I do love the romantic notion of being chosen to transcend dimensions.

Here, the beetle makes up the vertebrae of my spine. My backbone. In doing so, I let the souls of the dead bolster me, hold me up. I let the thing I fear become me. What I love about this image - simplicity. The single bold braid runs parallel to the beetles. Beetles - a sign of the dead. Hair, one of the only things that keeps growing after death. Both a sign of transcendence between life and death.

I'm so glad I found some time to share this - I made it almost two weeks ago. Since then, I welcomed my third foster son into my home. We'll call him Eden. He's 2.5 and such a sweet natured person. It can be hard welcoming in a new little one. Jude and Coco are always on my mind, but Eden has his own place in my heart, just as others will, eventually. Life and death, loss and gain...it's all connected.

"The Souls of the Dead", self-portrait, August 2021

You can watch how this was made and learn about the symbolism behind it in my new video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFmve2nBJ7o

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