Move Me-Experimenting with artistic blurring

Personal, Photos, Portrait

Photoshop is an art all of it’s own. The hours spent selecting the best of the images, that one with something special to it- be it a chance bird in the background, the absolutely perfect geometric composition, or the genuine expression… Taking that image further by processing and refining it, either accentuating its apparent beauty or manipulating it into something else entirely… Photoshop is a gift, a skill and a pain in the ass.
Here, I used myself as the ready model and took my self portrait along several varying pathways, creating very unique, rather beautiful finished pieces.
‘Move Me’- Artistic blurring by Mikayla Mazur

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Before My Birthday

Personal, Photos

Yesterday, by luck, turned into a free day. No one to see, nowhere to be.
So I took off to the seventies.
After a few hours researching shooting and editing techniques, doing  magazine pulls and drinking coffee, the photos were ready to be conceived.
Minimal styling, low saturation and contrast. High noise.
Cigarettes and vodka-colas.
Bada Bing! Etc…
Mikayla Mazur attempting a 1970’s era inspired photo series.
A plus: Poor lighting, poor quality and distractions are all positives when aiming to shoot this style!

Self Portrait


Attempting to internalize a reflection.
Mull that one over.
Self portraits are often utilized by one as tool towards self understanding. What we are seen as to others very often reflects some of our own self perceptions, but only a seldom few.
The portrait-A Metaphor.


The Things That Keep Us Late


This City is incredible.
Brick after brick. The old, the missing, the new and the yet constructed.
Eyes may feel tired sometimes, but the sights do not.
So, I turned the ‘wrong’ way off the train and knew where I was…
The blue brick of this decaying apartment is absolutely magnetic.
It stands-or slouches-between a newly constructed apartment block and an empty lot.
The atmosphere, alluring. A mystery of Late Late at night and somebody…

Tour De Trespass


Curiosity killed the cat.

I haven’t heard many quotes that are so blatantly misleading and invalid as this.

Curiosity created the cat. There- I fixed it.

What CAN’T be found?

Bottleneck  Tandoori King  Kings' Glove  Stonewalled  Kings Favour

Mikayla Mazur Photography

Portrait- Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver B.C.

Portrait- Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver B.C.

Sight. One of five senses we utilize in order to experience life, the world around us. Without the capability to visualize our surroundings, blind, we can grow and learn- to not only function, but thrive. Those without sight are not disabled, poorly or weak.

The idea terrifies me, as I’m sure it does many.

Innumerable times, caught off guard by the sheer depth and emotion seen in day to day life, I am left breathless, pulled to action or moved to tears. My reaching for the camera has become an immediate reaction to these moments of random captivation. Through practice, noticing relations that work to create something beautiful in an apparent or grande sense, one begins to stumble upon a more intricate and subtle reality. Be it small or apparently insignificant, moments and perspectives that exist, remaining unnoticed by many, are of no lesser importance, no lesser beauty.

Like most aspects of life-for example, our age- what we are born with or grow to know is plastic. We change, physically, mentally, emotionally etc.. Through time, experiences, interests and coincidence, we develop a sense of our lives and the people we know, along with a sense of who we are. It is that-a sense. Unlike those well known five-sight,smell, hearing, taste and touch- our perceptions are within our power to change. Where and/or what we shine our flashlights of directed conciousness upon is our choice and our gift to learn from and live with.

Choosing to see the intricate, the subtlety titanic occurrences of nature, the incongruous flock of happenings that flicker into the reach of our perceptions, is stunning.

And then the camera was invented.

Tools of our time. Oppritunities to collide and expand as a race, in knowledge and connection was magnified tenfold.

So incredible. So, so beautiful.

Thank you and enjoy,

Mikayla Mazur