About Me

Lara David
Bay Area, CA, United States
I'm just a girl, writing and photographing my way through the world, one lesson at a time. Join me on my journey - you just might learn something.
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What Is This Place?

This site is a work in progress - much like life, actually. I am an amateur photographer who enjoys playing with my Canon EOS 10D. Questions, comments, and suggestions are always welcome, since I'm really just learning. Like what you see? Encouragement would be greatly appreciated!

Moments to Give Thanks

I know, I've been sorely ignoring this blog. I need to figure out what to do about that.

For now, enjoy some photos captured during Thanksgiving this year, spent in Vegas with my mom and sister.

[Yes, I favor the right side of my frames. So sue me.]

They Look So REAL!

When I was in FAO Shwartz in New York, I was a little freaked out by how fashionably attired and posed some of the dolls were. What do you think - a step too far towards realism?

They even have that snobby, "I won't sleep with you unless you're a millionaire" look in their eyes. Like they're dead inside. Which I guess they are, since they're just dolls.

Celebratory Photos

I took some new photos in celebration of one year of no cutting. I know that seems weird, to say I celebrated by taking self-portraits, but let me see if I can try to explain...

A lot of people don't get why I take so many self-portraits. Or, perhaps it's better to say, they come to their own (erroneous) conclusions about why I do it. Conclusions like, "She just thinks she's sooo pretty and wants to look at herself all day long." Um, no, not true. Or this one: "She always takes pictures of herself because it's the only way she can make sure she always looks good." Also not true, because I don't necessarily think it makes me "always" look good (however, the added control does ensure that I feel like I look better than I might otherwise, let's be honest).

The self-portraits, for me, allow me to explore how I'm feeling and what I'm thinking and try to emote that in a way that can be captured on film. Sometimes I actually surprise myself, because in looking at the pictures later I'll realize how I felt better than I did when I was taking the pics. I see myself differently when I see myself in the photos, and I don't just mean physically. I see parts of my personality that I don't usually recognize - strengths and weaknesses and everything in between. They're there, in the pictures, in ways I wouldn't realize without them.

Self-portraiture is, for me, a sort of self-discovery. That's why I take so many pictures of myself.

So on the occasion of this anniversary, I wanted to take some pictures in the hopes that I might capture how much I've healed. And, in my humble opinion, I do believe I did just that.

[Note: Yes, I have all of these in color as well, but I'm really fond of the black-and-white shots for this particular shoot.]

Fun in the Sun

Little ones really get that whole "simple pleasures" thing. This is from the summer, but on a chilly day like today, I think it's a nice reminder of warmer months.

A Rainbow of Numbers