Don't listen to the jerk who said it was a tiny scratch compared to what he's done. It's not a contest. The size doesnt matter. Sorry that argument has to be on your work, just ignore it. People on the internet will always find something to argue about and there will always be that one jerk who ruins all the comments. Great photo
Scars remind us of the pain we got through. They tell stories of chaos and of simple sadness that we overcame. And no matter what, they're always beautiful because they're ours and no one can change that. I wish you all the strength and courage to get through whatever it is you're battling right now.
Honestly I chuckled. I understand the weight of the image and it's well done, but that looks like a teeny scratch compared to what I've in only two, 3 minute periods of my entire life, the only two times that I've ever been pushed to cut. I doubt one cut like that would leave a scar for more than a year, if that. Anywho, not to bring you or your work down, it was just that bit that amused me.
Oh my God, people. Please learn how to read. I never said I thought my problems were worse- I even said that hers might well be, and I can't know that. I don't know her, how can I think that? >_> You people read into stuff too much and are too eager to hate.
I sort of explain it in my series of responses, but what I was saying was yes, I've been there. I've experienced the pain. I don't mean I hurt worse, and little can say much more than loud wounds. there are attention grabbers and really hurt people, and often the attention grabbers really are crying for help. I understand this. That said, I found the way this particular image amusing. Not to belittle her in any way, just between the pose, the placement, and the size of the actual wound... looks like she's dropping her pants and falling over at the same time. That aside, it's a very emotional piece and it says a lot, and as one commenter said so well, even down to the goosebumps on her legs.
You are describing self harm like it should be a contest. Self harm is self harm no matter what you do to harm yourself, or 'how deep' you really go. The pain someone must go through to harm themselves at all is unfathomable, and is a potential warning sign that should be dealt with seriously; even if it is a 'teeny scratch'. Self harm isn't a competition to see who can 'cut deepest'. You my dear soul, have the most casual ignorance I have ever seen. Rethink before you speak.
Hmm? You really think I don't know that? I don't cut for fun, and I don't consider it to be a contest. I understand fully the implications of self harm and this picture, as stated before. Simply because I was amused doesn't make me ignorant, especially considering that I freely stated that I've been pushed to do worse. The size of the cut and the amount and frequency doesn't always reveal the feelings of the person or the severity or kind of problem. For instance, the first time I cut was because I felt worthless and depressed and I was curious, on top of that I found the blood in the water to be beautiful on my legs. The second time I cut, my father was being his drunken abusive self and hurt my little brother, triggering an emotional break down during which I mangled my shoulder, making it hard to do anything with my left arm. As I said, it was the depiction of the wound that amused me, not the fact that the person felt compelled to do it or the subject matter. And on that note, there is no way to "deal" with someone who cuts. The only way to make the situation better is, if you're causing it, to address the issue personally, and if you're not involved, to let the person get over themselves or get into a better place in life. I've been on the edge of suicide and on-mountain-tops happy in my life, so I think I'm entitled to my own views just like the rest of us here.
you won't get out of this well, Blindseer95. They don't get it, in a way they don't want to I think. I read between the lines of your comments, just like we all did seeing the title and the picture. (sadly, this isn't about the picture anymore)
I myself never inflicted such cuts. I have cut myself in other ways, manners if you like, way deeper than the cut on the picture. Not even a scratch of that is visible, it wasn't done on pupose, but by something stronger than me. Seeing it on a pic like this may make people chuckle about it. NOT because the pain is little. but because in first apearance one might think what is a little scratch actually goes very deep. it made me chuckle too but that's because I now think I acted like a fool, so the laugh FROM me is also ON me.
Back to the picture: The cut on the picture is a mere scratch in apearance, telling a complete story. THATS what's amazing about the pic. For a picture of this magnitude it is also a very clear one. there's nothing to it. Everything you see is present...honest (the stripped down tights, it's colour, the goose pocks, the shoes, the lighting, the color of the cloth and it's foldings). They all seem into place...
I recon it also takes courage to make it so.... my deepest respect...
I find it odd that you consider yourself superior to someone else based on the deepness of your cutting yourself. For some, it's more about "release" than actually doing damage to yourself. The small red line is a thing of beauty, a tender voice given to something that has no other form of expression. Laura shows that so beautifully.
I find this photo very moving, and exceptionally well done. The title, though... I feel like it trivializes the severity of the problem (cutting) to blame it on an outside person, instead of the pain the individual is going through. I'm not sure if that makes sense exactly. I just found myself blown away by the power of the image, and simultaneously kind of disappointed in the title.
This is beautiful. There's something about it that touches me that I can't quite put my finger on. I just love this photo and relate to it. It says a lot in a simple yet complex way. I don't know if that makes sense.