Copyright All Rights Reserved
Since I talked about sustainability for my last project, I decided to talk about something else that I care about. I take a lot of pictures of my dogs and family, so I decided to make a big collage of them. Using pictures I had hanging on my walls, attached to the fridge, and other places I kept pictures, I organized them to fit everything in my life of importance. Family outings, birthdays, Christmases, sports teams, best friends, vacations and my dogs. After I gathered my favorite pictures, I found something that could be my backboard. I decided to use my poster I had previously used for two art projects this year. I started organizing them in a way that could fit everything and show all the important memories from the years. The only challenge I found was trying to show everyone’s faces. At first I didn’t have enough pictures, but I dug through family albums and I started finding more throughout the years. I used Copyright All Rights Reserved because they shouldn’t be using my pictures. Everyone finds different things important to them, and they would have different pictures in their collage. The main people that were on there were my grandparents, parents, and brother. Those would be the only people that would make sense to use the pictures I used. I think I could put “Copyright All Rights Reserved” but it doesn’t really stop anyone from screenshotting my pictures and using it to their advantage. I wouldn’t know if they used it for a project of their own, neither would another person. The only thing that would be a hint is because it’s of my family. For example, my brother could use this as a project in high school. Their teacher wouldn’t know he wasn’t the one who originally made it. These four words don’t really stop anyone, unless it was government official or they did extensive research to see if the work was original.
When someone asks me about my interests, I usually answer with “dog and animal lover, netflix addict, vegetarian, environmentalist” or anything along those lines. Speaking of sexuality, I’m not uncomfortable with sharing that I identify as straight. I don’t spend too much time trying to define my sexuality, as it isn’t a huge aspect of my life. If I want to explore my horizons in the future, I don’t want to confine myself and think I can’t because I have been straight my whole life. I don’t understand why people don’t like using labels either. I know a lot of people aren’t comfortable with sharing their preferences, mostly because of bullies or what they are not used to seeing around them; however, there are people who associate words like “gay” or “queer” with disturbing images. I have first handedly seen people make fun of people who don’t believe in the same things they do. I don’t know what goes through their mind so I can’t speak for them, but sometimes I think they don’t understand. There are several different preferences. Girls, boys, non-binary, transgender, queer, amongst several others. I don’t have the best understanding of such individuals, even though I do support everyone’s truth. I think there are a lot of things I don’t quite necessarily understand about everyone, but it isn’t just those who identify in the LGBTQ+ community. I do support them and everyone out there. Love is love. Confidence is important and beautiful.
If I were to make another zine in the future, I would probably go more into depth of who I am as a person. Not only do I love food, exercise, and spending a lot of time with my dogs, but I am compassionate about several other things too. I would probably include my favorite movies I watch repeatedly or my favorite snacks I turn to when I crave something delicious. There is a lot about people just beneath the surface. I don’t think one zine can give anyone a full picture of what this life looks like, but you could probably get an idea of who they are as a person.