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August 9, 2012 / petrastridfeldt

Picture day 101 –

© Petra Stridfeldt

I shot this in Edinburgh for quite a few years ago. Unfortunately I can’t remember her name. Every time I see this portrait I wonder how a person can come the decision to have piercing in the whole face. At the time she seemed like a very happy woman but still there must be moment when she regret this…




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  1. James Corner / Aug 9 2012 8:05 am

    It always amazes me how individual perceptions can differ so much. I didn’t see a smile of happiness, just someone with psychological problems. What’s the truth, someone happily expressing their character through body piercings or someone desperately seeking attention to distract themselves from their sad existence. Or neither. We will never know but it’s fun to speculate.

    A very thought provoking portrait.

    • petrastridfeldt / Aug 9 2012 2:28 pm

      Yes I think this portrait opens up to thoughts. At the same time, as a person who is doing this kind of things to herself amazes me, I always feel it a bit repulsive too. And as you, I just wonder how people get to the decision to harm the body like this, not only it must be very uncomfortable but also very difficult to keep clean. But on the other hand all the ‘beauty’ surgery that both women and men do these days are these more ok than this???

      A comment from John further down found information about her on Thanks John

  2. grumpytyke / Aug 9 2012 10:01 am

    Great picture; horrible subject. I’m with James on this.

  3. madinsanecrazy / Aug 9 2012 12:07 pm

    Great character though and appearing happy

  4. Don in Massachusetts / Aug 9 2012 12:45 pm

    It does make you wonder why they go to such extremes.

  5. John / Aug 9 2012 2:08 pm
    • petrastridfeldt / Aug 9 2012 2:30 pm

      Thanks John, it’s her. It was interesting to read about her.

  6. hutchphotography2020 / Aug 9 2012 3:15 pm


  7. Luddy's Lens / Aug 9 2012 4:35 pm

    All I can say is: Yikes.

  8. Pedro de la Punta / Aug 9 2012 9:49 pm

    Does he ring at the airport ?

  9. ckponderings / Aug 10 2012 12:18 am

    Great image! 🙂

  10. northumbrianlight / Aug 10 2012 10:42 am

    It is the practicalities that worry me – how would you wash and how would you sleep. It all seems a remarkably high price to pay. Great photo.

  11. photographybyjoylene / Aug 10 2012 12:24 pm

    A great photo, but I agree, I don’t understand that decision either. How does she even wash her face?

  12. Melinda / Aug 14 2012 9:20 pm

    I used to see this lady in a shop on Lothian Road when I lived in Scotland. Great portrait!

  13. steviegill / Aug 17 2012 4:49 pm

    She must have fun at airport security. Nice shot.

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