ByDana Malang, writer at Creators.co
Artist, Musician, and anything you want me to be (with restrictions).
Dana Malang

I was supposed to put a '' on the title but I realized how dumb it looked like.

Special thanks Julian Gerdes of Moviepilot for encouraging me to put up this article. He found my portfolio on Behance. I don't post all my 'creative selfies' on Behance, you can find most of them on my Facebook page.

I hate calling myself a 'photographer' sometimes because I mostly just take creative photos of myself more than take photos of other people. I take photos of other people too; cosplay and pop culture inspired. What I love most though in being a 'photographer' is that I can control everything that's in the photo. I put the make-up on the model, sometimes I also make the costume, and I always use photoshop. It's that thing that I can't live without.

I started out playing with the camera at 6. I really was imaginative and I wanted to transform my look and take a lot of photos of myself *coughs "self-absorbed"* when I reached 12. I didn't even know what cosplay was, but obviously, Halloween was my favorite Holiday because of the costumes.

HORROR SELFIES

I am a big coward (of specific things like spiders) but I just love Halloween so much. It's Halloween everyday for me. I really love creepy things (that I can tolerate), and It's the easiest for me to do when I do make-up and photography.

Me as a Zombie
Me as a Zombie

Ironically, this was taken by my sister. I would consider this a selfie though. I worked on the make-up and blood. It looks complicated but I really just googled on 'how to make edible fake blood' and 'DIY prosthetics', although I have to claim that my make-up skills are quite good because I didn't google on how to make a realistic bruise. This was when we had a Halloween Party at school during my college days.

Me as the girl from Insidious
Me as the girl from Insidious

This is my favorite. I'm too proud of it. I was sweating so much and my neck hurts trying to get the perfect angle. Camera on self-timer of course. I took this in my room. I shoot mostly in my room. If you're not familiar with this girl, you should google "Doll girl Insidious". The costume wasn't really a costume. I just improvised it with a white blouse and some girly belt from my mother's closet.

Original vs Finished photo
Original vs Finished photo

Next up, is what I mentally call 'The Halloween Set' (including the Insidious).

Titles from Right to left; Vampire, Wicked, Madcap, and Gorgoneion.

The Halloween Set
The Halloween Set

I took all of these in my room, well, the third one right outside my room. It's amazing when you realize that you can transform yourself into anything and immortalize it with a photo. Of course, all of these are inspired by pop culture.

Me as a Dummy from Goosebumps.
Me as a Dummy from Goosebumps.

This one is crappy. I won't even argue if you say so.

CHARACTER/COSPLAY SELFIES

Doing this, It's like making your multiple dreams come true.

Me as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad.
Me as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad.

This was my latest cosplay. And yes, these were all taken at home. It was tough and expensive just to make yourself satisfied and transform, but it was totally worth it. I bleached my hair from dark brown to blonde. It was kinda hell (my hair is naturally curly, but ruined by bleach) but it feels great to do what you've always wanted to do. I DIY-ed most of the stuff and seek help from my grandma to complete this costume. I prepared about a month for this. I've asked myself a lot why I do this. It's probably like a gift to myself. Making myself an art just for me.

Me as a Female Joker and Harley Quinn.
Me as a Female Joker and Harley Quinn.

Before you become 'good', of course you have bad times. This photo of me as a Female Joker and a really bad Harley Quinn is a lesson for us all HAHA!

Me as Snow White
Me as Snow White

This is my favorite. My favorite Disney Princess (sorry Belle, you used to be the one). This was taken a year ago. I've always wanted to do Snow White but I looked for a reason first. Then came our Multimedia and Visual Arts week at school. I had this one for the exhibit and I was really happy with people's response. I had my best friend help me out during this. I set up everything and told him to count before he pressed the trigger on the camera. It's still a selfie, okay! I had this tailored by my grandmother. I chose the cloth and made it a little less Disney and more real life. I also had a hard time post processing this because we only had natural light. This was taken outdoors.

Me as Hinata Hyuuga from Naruto.
Me as Hinata Hyuuga from Naruto.
Me as Rangiku Matsumoto from Bleach
Me as Rangiku Matsumoto from Bleach

I also grew up an Otaku. My first creative selfies were very crappy. Mostly, me as an anime character. I also dyed my hair here, although I didn't intentionally dye it just for this photo. I just thought of cosplaying her since she's one of the characters that I like. If you're wondering, the costume was made by my grandmother. I had it when I was 13. I never actually wore it for anything. I even have 3 more costumes from the anime "Bleach." Again, taken in my room.

Me as Wonder Woman.
Me as Wonder Woman.

This one is a creative selfie but I really didn't take it so I can edit myself into Wonder Woman. This is a product of boredom. Thank you Photoshop!

P.S. MY EYES ARE DARK BROWN


Me as Barbie.
Me as Barbie.

There's an unspoken rule that every blonde girl should 'cosplay' Barbie— I think. The one on the left is my real hair and the one on the right is a wig. 2 years apart. I obviously improved in taking selfies. I went to a school party as Barbie and I even won best dressed. Talk about worth it!

Very minimal edit on these photos. As much as Barbie is plastic, I wanted to make her a real girl.

Me as the White Queen from Alice in Wonderland.
Me as the White Queen from Alice in Wonderland.
Me as Josephine from Fatale.
Me as Josephine from Fatale.

And of course, a comic book character. Although I haven't read Fatale (sold out, always), I plan to whenever I get the first issue. This was crappy, but it'll do HAHA!

CELEBRITY SELFIES

The title is misleading. Sadly, it's not me and a celebrity in a photo.

Me as my favorite Singers.
Me as my favorite Singers.

Every fan knows that there's this phase in your life that you adapt your idol's fashion. From left to right; Lana del Rey, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds as Electra Heart.

Me as the Silver Screen goddesses.
Me as the Silver Screen goddesses.

Obviously, I don't even have to explain who I'm copying here! I don't look like them but the 'look' says it all.

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I really have a lot more, most are old (note: Ramona Flowers) but these are a few of the ones you can categorize as homage, tribute, or cosplay.

Visit my Facebook page to see all my creative photos. When photos are taken by other people, the credits is usually on the description.

instagram/twitter/behance/basically any site: @danamalang

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