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Miley Cyrus Kaitlynn Carter with mum Tish amid Liam Hemsworth split – Metro.co.uk

Miley Cyrus Kaitlynn Carter with mum Tish amid Liam Hemsworth split – Metro.co.uk

Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter have been spending time with Miley’s mum Tish in the wake of her split from Liam Hemsworth.

The pair are said to be supporting each other through their recent break-ups, as Kaitlynn has also split from husband Brody Jenner.

Tish got in on the act when she met up with them both in West Hollywood on Saturday.

The three of them were spotted together in a car, with Miley and Tish in the front and Kaitlynn in the back.

Miley and Tish, who was wearing large dark sunglasses, appeared to have a chat in the vehicle with the 26-year-old listening intently to her mum’s words.

The Nothing Breaks Like A Heart singer wore her hair loose and seemed to be wearing minimal makeup.

Everyone seemed relaxed in each other’s company as they all hopped out of the car together for lunch.

Kaitlynn opted for a summery outfit, teaming a white T-shirt with a pink spotty skirt.

Miley and Kailtlynn, 30, who were spotted kissing on an Italian holiday after it was confirmed she and Liam had split, are reportedly ‘enjoying their time together’.

A source told Entertainment Tonight: ‘Really, only time will tell if Miley and Kaitlynn will last, but right now they are being a support for one another during a tough time and enjoying their time together.’

News of Miley and Liam’s split broke earlier this month, with reps for the pair telling People: ‘Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time.

‘Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers.’

The Wrecking Ball star was later seen locking lips with Kaitlynn, who split from husband Brody after a year of marriage.

Meanwhile Brody and Kaitlynn are clearly still very close as he recently came to his ex-wife’s defence.

In a statement posted to Instagram, The Hills: New Beginning star said: ‘There is far too much negativity being directed at someone who I love and care about very much.

‘Kaitlynn and I have been best friends for six years, and we continue to be.’

Miley and Liam met in 2009 on the set of Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song before Aussie actor Liam proposed in 2012.

A split followed a year later, but they got back together in 2015, marrying at their home in Tennessee last year.



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This Is America – Childish Gambino – WINNER 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves – WINNER

SONG OF THE YEAR  

This Is America – Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino) – WINNER

Best New Artist

Dua Lipa – WINNER 

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 Pop Field

Best Pop Solo Performance

Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) – Lady Gaga – WINNER

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance 

Shallow – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – WINNER

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album 

My Way – Willie Nelson – WINNER

Best Pop Vocal Album 

Sweetener – Ariana Grande – WINNER

Best Dance Recording 

Electricity – Silk City and Dua Lipa Feat. Diplo and Mark Ronson – WINNER 

Best Dance/Electronic Album 

Woman Worldwide – Justice – WINNER

Fab: Lady Gaga scooped Best Pop Solo Performance for Joanne

Country Field 

Best Country Solo Performance 

Butterflies — Kacey Musgraves – WINNER 

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:

Tequila – Dan + Shay – WINNER

Best Country Song 

Space Cowboy – Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves,songwriters (Kacey Musgraves) – WINNER

Best Country Album 

Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves – WINNER 

Unstoppable: Kacey Musgraves picked up Best Country Solo Performance 

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

Best Alternative Music Album 

Colors – Beck – WINNER

R&B FIELD

Best R&B Performance 

Best Part – H.E.R. Feat. Daniel Caesar – WINNER

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand – Leon Bridges – WINNER – TIE 

How Deep Is Your Love – PJ Morton Featuring Yebba – WINNER – TIE 

Best R&B Song

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Best Urban Contemporary Album

Everything Is Love – The Carters – WINNER

Best R&B Album

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Contemporary Instrumental Field 

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Steve Gadd Band — Steve Gadd Band – WINNER 

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Best Rock Performance 

When Bad Does Good – Chris Cornell – WINNER

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Electric Messiah – High On Fire – WINNER

Best Rock Song

Masseduction – Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent) – WINNER

Best Rock Album

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Best Reggae Album 

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Best Children’s Album

All The Sounds – Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – WINNER

Latin Field 

Best Latin Pop Album

Sincera – Claudia Brant – WINNER

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album 

Aztlán – Zoé – WINNER

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) 

¡México Por Siempre! – Luis Miguel – WINNER

Best Tropical Latin Album 

Anniversary – Spanish Harlem Orchestra – WINNER

Well done: Best Reggae Album was won by  Sting & Shaggy for 44/876

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Best Comedy Album

Equanimity & The Bird Revelation – Dave Chappelle – WINNER

Musical Theater Field 

Best Musical Theater Album

The Band’s Visit – Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Katrina Lenk & Ari’elStachel, principal soloists; Dean Sharenow & DavidYazbek, producers; David Yazbek, composer & lyricist(Original Broadway Cast) – WINNER

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM FIELD

Best Music Video 

This Is America — Childish Gambino – WINNER

Best Music Film

 Quincy — Quincy Jones

SURROUND SOUND FIELD

Best Immersive Audio Album

“Eye in The Sky – 35th Anniversary Edition” — Alan Parsons, surround mix engineer; Dave Donnelly, PJ Olsson & Alan Parsons, surround mastering engineers; Alan Parsons, surround producer (The Alan Parsons Project) – WINNER

HISTORICAL FIELD

Best Historical Album

“Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by WIlliam Ferris” — William Ferris, April Ledbetter & Steven LanceLedbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists) – WINNER

One to watch: Best Music Video went to This Is America by Childish Gambino 

PRODUCTION, CLASSICAL FIELD

Best Engineered Album, Classical

“Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11” — Shawn Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra) – WINNER

Producer Of The Year, Classical

Blanton Alspaugh – WINNER

Notes Field 

Best Album Notes

Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by WIlliam Ferris – David Evans, album notes writer (Various Artists) – WINNER

RAP FIELD

Best Rap Performance

King’s Dead – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – WINNER – TIE

Bubblin – Anderson Paak – WINNER – TIE 

Best Rap/Sung Performance

This Is America – Childish Gambino – WINNER

Best Rap Song

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Best Rap Album

Invasion Of Privacy – Cardi B – WINNER

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Best New Age Album

Opium Moon – Opium Moon – WINNER

Well deserved: Cardi B picked up Best Rap Album for Invasion Of Privacy

Jazz Field 

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Don’t Fence Me In – John Daversa, soloist – WINNER

Best Jazz Vocal Album

The Window – Cécile McLorin Salvant – WINNER

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Emanon – The Wayne Shorter Quartet – WINNER

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American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom – John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists – WINNER

Best Latin Jazz Album

Back To The Sunset – Dafnis Prieto Big Band – WINNER 

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Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Field 

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Never Alone – Tori Kelly Featuring Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin & Victoria Kelly, Songwriters – WINNER 

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song 

You Say – Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Jason Ingram & Paul Mabury, songwriters – WINNER

Best Gospel Album 

Hiding Place – Tori Kelly – WINNER

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Look Up Child – Lauren Daigle – WINNER

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Unexpected – Jason Crabb – WINNER

Emotional: American Roots Performance went to The Joke by Brandi Carlile

American Roots Music Field 

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The Joke – Brandi Carlile – WINNER

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The Joke – Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile) – WINNER

Best Americana Album

By The Way, I Forgive You – Brandi Carlile – WINNER 

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The Blues Is Alive and Well — Buddy Guy – WINNER

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Best Contemporary Blues Album

“Please Don’t Be Dead” — Fantastic Negrito – WINNER

Best Folk Album 

All Ashore — Punch Brothers – WINNER

Best Regional Roots Music Album

“No ‘Ane’i” — Kalani Pe’a – WINNER

Listen: Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media went to Greatest Showman

Spoken Word Field 

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) 

Faith – A Journey For All – Jimmy Carter – WINNER

Music For Visual Media Field 

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

The Greatest Showman – (Various Artists) – WINNER

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Black Panther  Ludwig Göransson, composer – WINNER

Best Song Written For Visual Media 

Shallow – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper) – WINNER

Sweeping the board: Best Song Written For Visual Media went to Shallow

Composing/Arranging Field 

Best Instrumental Composition

Blut und Boden (Blood and Soil) -Terence Blanchard, composer (Terence Blanchard) – WINNER

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

Stars and Stripes Forever – John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists) – WINNER

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Spiderman Theme –  Randy Waldman, arranger (Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter) – WINNER

Package Field 

Best Recording Package

Masseducation –  Willo Perron, art director (St. Vincent) – WINNER

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package 

Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic – Meghan Foley, Annie Stoll & Al Yankovic, art directors (“Weird Al” Yankovic)  – WINNER

Talented: Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical went to Pharrell Williams

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELD

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical:

“Colors” — Julian Burg, Serban Ghenea, David “Elevator” Greenbaum, John Hanes, Beck Hansen, Greg Kurstin, Florian Lagatta, Cole M.G.N., Alex Pasco, Jesse Shatkin, Darrell Thorp & Cassidy Turbin, engineers; Chris Bellman, Tom Coyne,Emily Lazar & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers (Beck) – WINNER  

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: 

Pharrell Williams

Best Remixed Recording

“Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix)” — Alex Crossan, remixer (Haim) – WINNER

CLASSICAL FIELD

Best Orchestral Performance

“Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11” — Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra) – WINNER

Best Opera Recording

“Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” — Michael Christie, conductor; Sasha Cooke, Jessica E. Jones, Edwards Parks, Garrett Sorenson & Wei Wu; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra) – WINNER 

Best Choral Performance

“McLoskey: Zealot Canticles” — Donald Nally, conductor (Doris Hall-Gulati, Rebecca Harris, Arlen Hlusko, Lorenzo Raval & Mandy Wolman; The Crossing) – WINNER 

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Anderson, Laurie: Landfall” — Laurie Anderson & Kronos – WINNER

Best Classical Instrumental Solo 

“Kernis: Violin Concerto” — James Ehnes; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony) – WINNER

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

“Songs of Orpheus – Monteverdi, Caccini, D’India & Landi” — Karim Sulayman; Jeannette Sorrell, conductor; Apollo’s Fire, ensembles – WINNER

Best Classical Compendium

“Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’; Poems of Life; Glacier; Rush” — JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Tim Handley, producer – WINNER

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

“Kernis: Violin Concerto” — Aaron Jay Kernis, composer (James Ehnes, Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony) – WINNER

World Music Field 

Best World Music Album

Freedom –  Soweto Gospel Choir – WINNER 

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The Juicy, Round World of Blueberry Porn

The Juicy, Round World of Blueberry Porn

“If something exists, there is porn of it:” Welcome to Rule 34, a series in which Motherboard’s Samantha Cole lovingly explores the highly specific fetishes that can be found on the web. If you’ve thought of it, someone’s jerked off to it.

The links and images in this article may be considered NSFW.

Most stories in the blueberry porn genre begin the same way: A woman eats an unusually delicious piece of candy. She starts to feel a little funny—maybe a little bloated—and as she chews, her transformation into a piece of fruit becomes unstoppable. Her thighs, breasts, and belly start to swell to cartoonish proportions, ripping her clothing as her juice-filled body swallows her arms and legs.

“Squeeze me,” she might plead, begging the onlooker to relieve the pressure that’s built up in her gurgling, swollen, bluish form. The berry girl is rendered helpless by her round, over-full state, at the mercy of the onlooker. She sloshes and rolls, confused at what’s happening but not altogether repulsed by it.

The “blueberry” kink is a subgenre of several other kinks: It combines force-feeding, expansion or inflation porn (using air, water, enemas, or food), super-sized “big beautiful women”, as well as elements of bondage and submission. There’s often a humiliation element, or care-taking tenderness, or a combination of the two.

Yes, this all might seem a little weird, even for someone who writes a column dedicated to lesser known, highly specific fetishes. But the more I looked into the genre, and the more I talked to the people in the blueberry community, the more universal their experiences with sexuality seemed. That’s not because everyone has some unexplored fruit-based fetish, but because they understand something that’s true for us all: It’s not always easy to admit your kink, and it’s a relief to find a group of people who accept it, and you.

“A catalyst that sparked something in their brain”

As with most of the niche fetishes we’ve covered in the Rule 34 series, the most visible part of the blueberry community on the internet is on Reddit, with the r/blueberry subreddit. While that forum is fairly dead (the most recent post was a month ago), there are chat rooms, Discord servers, and fan forums where the community is very much active and alive.

Almost everyone I talked to within the blueberry kink community referenced Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (some reference the 1971 movie starring Gene Wilder, others said the 2005 movie starring Johnny Depp or the original Roald Dahl book)—where the boisterous young girl Violet Beauregarde chews some of Willy Wonka’s magical meal-flavored gum and subsequently becomes a human blueberry—as their first awakening to blueberry content. Beauregarde inflates to a huge blue ball, to mimic the blueberry pie flavor at the end of the gum. She is then sent to a “juicing room” to alleviate her condition.

For many, watching it as children themselves, this surreal preteen berry girl was their gateway to a lifelong kink.

“Some of my earliest memories were replaying and replaying ‘the scene’ on the VHS player in the living room, my eyes literally plastered up against the glass as I rewound the scene for the eighteenth time in a row,” a member of the community who goes by Weeblord told me in an online chat. Motherboard granted Weeblord and other members of the blueberry community anonymity because of the private nature of the subject matter.“

A huge misconception with this fetish is that since its origin is from a children’s movie it has something to do with being attracted to children,” another member of the community who talked to me in a private message, who also asked to remain anonymous, told me in an online chat. “That couldn’t be further from the truth. Almost all of the people I’ve encountered online just saw it as a catalyst that sparked something in their brain when they were young and it carried over into adulthood.”

But as they grew up and explored new aspects of the berry girl world, their tastes evolved into something more erotic. On forums like DeviantArt and Discord chat servers devoted to the kink, in illustrated and photographic art, or through text-based role playing or erotic writing, it became less about a specific scene in a movie or book and more about what new creative directions they could take the concepts of inflation and BDSM.

Even outside of Willy Wonka’s inventing room origins, the community has its own landmark works and origin stories. Several enthusiasts brought up blueberry comic artist and writer DocSwell’s “Bizarre Adventures of Berrygirl” series when I asked what influenced their interest in the kink.

Last week, several members of the community launched an anthology of blueberry kink writing and art called Bloomph! They crowdfunded the more than 70 page collection. A contributor who goes by Fate-Full told me it’s a “love letter” to the community.

“Jiggliness and squishiness”

An erotic video producer who goes by the name Maxgrowthtold me that he believes blueberry porn is not something anyone consciously chooses to be into, but “just the way you are wired.” He said he’s always been fascinated with transformation sequences in comics and cartoons, and as he grew up, that fascination turned sexual.

“I always gravitated to bigness in transformation, so the berry girl scenario was easy to get excited about,” Maxgrowth said. “On the surface, for me, it’s about the bigness and the roundness, but I think underneath the surface psychologically it’s about the helplessness and emotional reactions of the girl to her condition.” Those emotions can range from confusion, to excitement, arousal, and fear.

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Riddlercorps, a prominent member of the blueberry kink community who runs a Discord server with channels focused on the kink, creates photo edits and role plays blueberry transformations with his partner. She doesn’t share his kink, but he says she’s a supportive model for his artwork.

“I like the psychological implications that the transformation has,” he told me. “It’s a process of shock, fear and/or pleasure in some cases, acceptance, etc. and different people react in different ways.”

“If you have a strange interest you believe no one else has or will accept, then turn that fantasy into something tangible”

To many, it’s a form of BDSM: The berry-person is trapped in their own juice-laden bodies, unable to move except for some helpless twirling fingers protruding from their round forms.

“Some people find it as [a] form of bondage due to the obviously restricted movement of the submissive, berried individual,” Riddlercorps said. “Others enjoy the humiliation and embarrassment factor of it. Some people just like to pretend that they or a partner is swelling up, ripping through their clothing. Some people mimic it to the BBW kink. It truly just depends on who you ask.”

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Image: Phot edit by Riddlercorps

A blueberry enthusiast who goes by Thiccestboi1293 told me that it’s the “jiggliness and squishiness” of the characters that’s attractive to him. Another fan, Mikey D, told me that it’s the “size and the heaviness,” combined with the slow buildup of juice.

”It’s foreplay to the body, and then the immediate helplessness once it finishes filling you with juice. At least when being the berry,” Mikey D said. “Looking on at one, the size is still something to love, regardless of how the berry is or if the berry’s got an erect dick. Once it’s big, you feel that sort of daunting feeling on how massive they are and how juicy they seem to be.”

For others, the gurgling, churning of the juice inside the berry belly is a turn-on. A community member who goes by JC19 told me that the changes in skin color and the softness are also part of the allure, for him: “Seeing how soft it must feel to be a ball of fat or juice, and just the growth and helplessness of it all.”

“We’re treated as freaks”

As patient as the many blueberry enthusiasts I spoke to for this piece were with my questions about their kink, their openness is not without some sense of risk to their community. In the past, their kink has been labeled as “horrifying,” and several people I interviewed told me that they were concerned about harassment—or had experienced it in the past.

“I think a lot of people who are in the community aren’t very open about their expansion fetish in broad daylight,” Maria Alive, a fetish-artist who specializes in inflation and dabbles in blueberry photo edits, told me in an email. “A lot of the time it’s due to these social stigma around fetishes, especially as this is one where the partner requires to grow larger or at least pretends to grow larger. We all have been conditioned to find bigger or larger people unattractive, as they’re fat and unhealthy—but that couldn’t be further from the truth. So most people are ashamed to admit this to their partner.”

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Another member of the community who requested anonymity told me that many people in relationships keep their kink a secret forever, out of fear that their partner will judge them for it. “I’ve always mentioned it [to partners] and never suffered a negative reaction, but curiosity instead,” she said. “It’s a much more male dominated fetish than female like most fetishes are. I’ve sort of felt like an outsider as a woman into it but many of the guys I talk to about it are nice and I’ve had very few bad experiences.”

“For the most part, the community keeps to itself because we’re treated as freaks rather than normal individuals with an unusual kink,” Riddlercorps told me. “It also doesn’t help that there are some prominent members of the community that seem to actively ruin the reputation. We’re normal people, just like you and the readers. Of course there are always a handful of people fucked up in the head that do nothing but damage to our community’s reputation. The few ruin it for the many.”

Blueberry erotica writer Fate-Full told me that the challenges they face are like any other marginalized kink that exists on fan art sites like DeviantArt, where a lot of blueberry art is hosted. When blueberry art occasionally makes it to the front page, people who don’t share or understand the kink spam the comments with hate and distaste.

“Sometimes art is taken down, but like YouTube’s algorithm, many times it’s completely random and impossible to protect against. Artists try to solve this by posting their work elsewhere, especially if the content is NSFW, but as seen with the Tumblr ‘no female presenting nipples’ implosion, this can be a finite solution.”

It’s even harder for blueberry enthusiasts to get mainstream acceptance of the kink because it’s nearly impossible to replicate the blueberry effect in person, unless you have an inflatable suit and a lot of blue makeup handy. Not everyone has the interior space or funds to buy a giant sumo-suit for acting out their kink—which is why so much of it lives in illustrated art, photo editing, erotica and text-based role playing. It’s a fetish that, for many, originated from a special effect in a big Hollywood movie, and while people find creative ways to replicate it, it’s still a production when compared with more widely known kinks.

“Blueberry inflation/transformation is inherently impossible in reality, it is pure fantasy,” blueberry artist luvemripe told me. “There are inflatable suits available that simulate the experience as close as possible, perhaps enough to suspend one’s disbelief. The challenge with a morph is crossing this line of believability, making something unrealistic look realistic.”

Despite all this, blueberry enthusiasts find ways to explore their kink, and many said it helped them explore their sexualities, beyond giant blue women. “The average blueberry enthusiast realizes that the kink is strange and ridiculous and usually has a good sense of humor about it,” luvemripe said.

“If you have a strange interest you believe no one else has or will accept, then turn that fantasy into something tangible,” Fate-Full said. “Watch as people slowly find it and realize they are not alone, and neither are you.”

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How Amber Gray Shot Her Photo Art Project ‘Andromeda Suite’

How Amber Gray Shot Her Photo Art Project ‘Andromeda Suite’

This shoot was an art project that Amber Gray had been dreaming of for a long time. One of the things that she often explores in her work is the relationship between feminine energy and the natural world, and this concept in particular really exemplifies that idea in a surreal way.

When asked about personal projects, Gray said, “I find self-assigned art projects and personal projects to be a great way to test out ideas and experiment with techniques before pitching them to clients. I have gotten some my biggest advertising jobs based on people seeing some creative project that I have done on my own, and wanting me to adapt that concept or execution to fit their message. There are two types of photographers out there, those that are technicians recording what they see, and those who have a vision that they are creating. I’ve always been the latter, (for better or worse).”

On a average commercial shoot, there are usually producers to help plan everything out along with substantial budgets to work with. However, as “Andromeda Suite” was essentially a self-funded art project, Gray knew that she would have put in a humongous amount of time and effort into it for it to come to fruition. She had to find the right model, a fabricator to make the glass box, and work with a stylist to create costumes from rudimentary sketches she had made. As if that wasn’t enough, she then had to transport all of that to various ocean cliffs, forests, meadows, and beaches. All in a days work, right?

By the way, she had worked with the same model before where she played a mermaid in a music video Gray had shot. This is why you always give you hundred percent on jobs, as it could lead to more cool opportunities like this!

Anyway, it was clearly not at all an easy photoshoot. On the day of the shoot, the stylist assistant remarked that his activity-tracker had informed him that he reached his step-goals for the day by 6 a.m. As the results show, it was all very worth it in the end. It may have taken a lot of effort but she was able to turn a daydream she had into reality.

Thankfully she also had a very dedicated crew who had the same romantic appreciation for watching the sunrise through a glass box dangling off the edge of a cliff with a tiny blue lady dancing inside of it.

Equipment List

Gray said that she’s “not about the equipment” and believes that “you can make great pictures and video with just about any level of equipment.” On this shoot, she wanted the “elongation and drama that wide lenses give.” She said, “I love distortion, and felt that it worked in my favor in creating this sort of otherworldly feel.”

Lighting Setup

The lighting setup for this shoot was quite delicate because Gray didn’t want to disturb the quality of the natural light in the landscape, but wanted to bring an element of the surreal and otherworldly to the imagery.  After she and her team scouted the possible locations, they narrowed it down to their top four. They then went back to said locations at dawn and dusk to see the light, and plan their positioning for the glass box.

Gray has always loved the look of under-lighting and she figured using a glowing floor would be a great way to light the subject without having to worry about reflections in the glass box. What a smart way to do it.

She also made sure to use fluorescent lighting for the glass box as it’s low in power usage. That way, they were able to get away with just using a small generator, which was immensely helpful considering how remote the locations were and how small her crew was.

Check out this video below that came with the shoot too. It’s absolutely breathtaking.

Do you do much personal projects of your own? Do share them in the comments below.

Team Credits – Photographer, Director, and Creative Director: Amber Gray | DP for Video: Julian Bernstein | Wardrobe Stylist: Santa Bevacqua | Hair and Makeup Artist: Mykel Renner | Model: Claire Friesen

Images used with permission of Amber Gray.

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