FACES OF DRAGCON

This past weekend I was lucky enough to receive press credentials for Rupaul’s Dragcon. This was truly one of the most incredible weekends of my life. I met some amazing people, took some bomb photos, laughed a lot and used waaaaaaay too much glitter (in the best way possible). I decided I wanted to share some of my favorite queens or favorite looks with you.

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Discord Addams and Gidget Von Addams, look at that makeup. Wow.

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Rubber Child. My Florida gal.

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Kimora Blac and Farrah Moan. No words.

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A colorful monster queen!!!

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Karen from Finance!! (I’ve been obsessed for so long wow)

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Eureka! ft. sequins

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BOB the Dragqueen and Peppermint. shooketh

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Sasha Velour, truly on of the kindest queens I’ve ever met.

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A sea QUEEN! I love a good glitter beard.

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Biblegirl666, so nice to finally meet you, sis.

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Torah Hymen. Fresh from Australia, welcome.

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Trixie Mattel, my barbie fantasy. GO BUY HER ALBUM “2 Birds” ON ITUNES.

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Nina Bo’nina Brown. A vision in purple. (Banana Fofana)

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A dinosaur? Oh yes.

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Finally, one of my favorite human being on this planet (sorry about poor photo quality, the lighting sucked) ADORE DELANO.

This event was truly amazing and I cam back from LA feeling so so inspired and happy. Maybe it was the queens or maybe it was all the glitter or maybe it was everything. I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I enjoyed this event!

my heart n soul,

matenia

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Empathy +Humanity….(lets chat 2.)

I recently sat down with a friend from home and had a long conversation about humanity.

When I learned my friend JJ was going to be in New York after his studying abroad in London, I immediately wanted to make plans with him. Initially I wanted to talk about studying abroad and how it affected him. Somewhere throughout the conversation, we began to talk politics.

I tend to stray from politics because it’s tiring to talk to someone about issues when they seem to have no hope and no idea for solution. My mind completely changed yesterday.

It’s amazing how a simple conversation can completely open your mind to new ideas and restore faith in people.

All of what JJ said resonated with me, but when he said,“if we lose empathy, we lose humanity”, that got me thinking about empathy as a whole.

We as a society have lost the necessity of empathy because other things, like money, fame, popularity, etc, have been deemed more important.

But what could possibly be more important than understanding the emotions of another. See without empathy we are not people, we are robots. 

Nature gives us the ability to connect someone else’s emotions with our own to create an understanding of feelings. To lose that would be to sacrifice our human nature for selfishness.

Throughout the conversation we discussed many different things, from the recent president elect, to ways to be proactive instead of defeated throughout this time. He also pointed out that, “you have to listen to everyone’s voice, even if you don’t like that voice.” Which is something I feel like a lot of people forget. Even if someone has a different opinion than you, take time to listen, just like you would want them to do for you. Because this is the way we form our ideals, this is the way we learn, this is the way we grow.

(pictures below of JJ, all photos taken by me)

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I’ve been thinking.. 11.26.16

I spent the day in coffee shops and parks, surrounded by friends. Talking about future projects, taking pictures, and laughing, lots of laughing. I realized how often I turn to friends for support or motivation.

I’ve been thinking about the future. My mind wanders to my next destination and doesn’t seem to stop. Moving once has made me want to move again, all over the country, out of the country, to be honest if I could live on the moon I probably would. When I envision a future, I don’t see a job or a specific place. I see myself with a camera surrounded by people I care about. So where exactly does that leave me?

I’m comfortable enough right now to leave these questions unanswered, but I have to wonder, when will I figure it out?

I also noticed I fall in love with photography more and more each day. Especially when it involves people who inspire me.

The next few pictures are of my friend Mimi, easily one of the most incredible people I know. (also notice the eyeliner my friends, take notes)screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-5-59-59-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-29-at-5-59-49-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-29-at-5-59-40-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-29-at-6-01-18-pm

 

slowing down entry 1.

Life has been a little crazy lately. Days and nights blend into each other a lot. Saturdays turn into Tuesdays much quicker now.

I’ve been trying to slow down. Rainy, cloudy Saturdays work well for that. img_4722

Purple hair dye is one of those things that you don’t mind getting on a white T-shirt. It’s pretty.

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When in doubt, use some flash.

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I have a new found love of roses. I’m not sure what it is exactly, maybe just a phase, but even so, nothing wrong with some appreciation. (The tattoo isn’t mine, but it’s a beaut isn’t it?)

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I’ve been paying a lot more attention to lights lately. Much more than I ever did in Florida. Living in the city, buildings are taller, lights are brighter, and always on. I tend to spend sleepless nights staring out my window wondering what could be going on in the buildings all around me at 4:30 in the morning. Talk about never sleeping.

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I haven’t made a meal in a kitchen in 2 months. Takeout is great, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something I miss about cooking a meal. Makes me think of home much more.

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I’ve been trying to use less technology lately. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be.It has been easier to stop looking at it though. I try to pay more attention to my camera than my computer or phone. I still like capturing beautiful images, that makes me happiest.

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There’s something about looking out an 18th floor window and realizing there’s a whole world around me that brings me such a sense of peace.