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Been Around by Ellen Cotton

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I got tired of my old avatar, so I created this one. There are very few pictures of me in recent years since my health has been poor. I used an expired driver’s license photo superimposed on my current license photo and added lots of postmarks and grunge. :)


ellen cotton, ellcot

Being in my 60’s, I am a latecomer to photography. Yet I have found great satisfaction and pleasure in creating digital art from my photographs. Taking pictures was a hobby until surgery in 2001 left me disabled and gave me the opportunity to learn about digital art and photographic software. I’ve been selling my work online and through local galleries since 2009.

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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 2 years ago

    Wow, Ellen, what a fantastic work of art!

  • Thank you, Dot. That’s very kind of you to say!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • JanT
    JanTabout 2 years ago

    The eyes show sorrow, at least to me, but the work and postmarks depict an adventurous woman (and hence the ‘punny’ title). Beautiful

  • Thank you, Jan. I was inspired by your work to overcome my intense reluctance to show my face online. Since I don’t have any recent pictures of me, I thought of using the driver’s licenses. It also seemed fitting since I’ve been uprooted a number of times – from Ohio to Montreal to Toronto to California – and in a few years to Hawai’i. Of course at my age I’ve been around emotionally and spiritually too. The sadness comes from my younger license photo. I am much older, grayer and content now! Thank you for inspiring me. I love your self-portraits and will get around to commenting on them soon. Personally, I find the “flaws” and signs of a hard life beautiful in others but hard to see the beauty in my own.

    – Ellen Cotton

  • Bluesrose
    Bluesroseabout 2 years ago

    well done, Ellen!
    I hope your health will be better…

  • Thank you so much, Maris! It’s a step I never thought I’d have the courage to take (posting a self-portrait). I’m determined to get healthy, but it’s been a long struggle. I always appreciate your comments and support tremendously.

    – Ellen Cotton

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 2 years ago

    Very beautiful and creative portrait…take care….all the best…

  • Thank you so much, Ellen!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • JanT
    JanTabout 2 years ago

    What a kind thing to write, Ellen. Even in the thumbnail, your eyes predominate a page full of thumbnail images. Luminous. I know about that uprootedness, but hadn’t thought to create something so beautifully. (I finally have roots in Alaska’s nature, but not the political chicanery.) EBV/CFS/ME/RA, or other? My empathy with longterm struggles. We persevere, eh?

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 2 years ago

    So wonderful to see you, Ellen!! Beautiful! Love it!!

  • walela
    walelaabout 2 years ago

    Fabulous! Shows living life.

  • Sushikant S.
    Sushikant S.about 2 years ago


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