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Statue of Hindu God
Leopard showing its dislike for onlookers
Nice capture in flight. It took me 2 hours to capture this butterfly
Portrait of a lioness
Show of affection?
light absorption
lack of oxygen
Springtime on North Table Mountain
A cloudy sky from my window.
I Love You More Than My Own Skin
A Beautiful Butterfly in My backyard
A Sandbar Near Castaway Cay
Missed Call
Green Plant Life Growing on a Seaside Stone
An Eagle Looking off in the Distance
Duck Couple-Morning Yoga
Tunnel below Logan's Pass
Baby Fox
Running Eagle Falls
Fallen leaves on trail
Young Girl Fishing off Pier
16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
I Love You More Than My Own Skin

I wanted to bring life into my work by elaborating a biological substance into my photograph. In 2017 I found a research paper that explains the process of the extraction of human melanin pigment. In 2018 I've successfully extracted human melanin pigment and embedded it on paper to produce this photograph. Melanin is the pigment responsible for skin coloration in human. It is biologically shared and inherited by every single one of us. The color of our skin on the other hand, has been historically tied to the issues of racism, slavery, and colonization — we've become divided among ourselves by the same exact thing that connects us to one another. I believe that by understanding the cultural and metaphorical burden of this material, we can bring ourselves closer to the questions and values that we share with each other. I want to invite people to a space where they can contemplate the complexity of human conflicts and relationships while keeping in mind that there is beauty in every single one of us. Often times, I feel that there is more wisdom and truth in the questions we ask than there is in the answers we get.

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Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America
Member since 2018
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© Chris Manfield.
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Date Taken: 05.2018
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Date Uploaded: Sept. 25, 2018, 2:30 a.m.
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