This NSFW-ish collection from Mariel Clayton, a self-taught photographer influenced primarily by Japanese miniatures and her grotesque loopy imagination, takes beautiful dolls and backdrops them against scenes of violence and filth: suicide, murder, sodomy, cannibalism, anything subversive really. The titles are as provocative as the images.
H is for Hamartiology
A is for Adipocere
‘For You Valentine… a Piece of My Heart’
Lie Back and Think of Libya
She Loves Dinner Parties… The Leftovers Last for Days…
Play Nicely With Daddy
Look, Ken’s head is in the washing machine!
Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.
“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino
Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.