15/52 Portraits – I’m in the Clone Club

This week I did the 52 Portraits Class prompt: Stories We Love. It dovetailed with a Get Messy Art Journal prompt, Currently Watching… I couldn’t help using my photo editing project for both.

I am an avid fan of the BBC America series, Orphan Black. I’ve watched all the seasons multiple times and can’t get enough of it! Essentially it’s a story about clones who find each other and band together to survive.

One actress, Tatiana Maslany, plays all the clones. She is amazing! I feel off-balance when I see the cast of the show being interviewed, because instead of all five of the main characters/clones there is only one actress! Each of the characters Tatiana plays is so fully realized, I see them as people and so look for more actresses!

For the Get Messy prompt and then this portrait, I decided to superimpose my face on publicity shots of the clone characters. (Some turned out better than others, but all are fun! I used the Enlight app on iPhone 6s.)


Orphan Black combines my love of SciFi and mystery; and an appreciation of great ensemble acting and skillful characterizations of the clones, created by the production team and Tatiana. What is that extra ingredient that has me watching it over and over? I relate to the archetypal personalities of the clones… In fact, since I hate to clean, I channel my inner soccer mom, Alison, when it’s time to vacuum! Do I channel an inner assassin (Helena)? Ah … no… but I totally love her bad-assery! lol

Here is how the Get Messy List prompt turned out. I added a hint of blood spatter to honor the black comedy of the series.


This portrait shows how successful the Orphan Black story is… not only do I imagine myself as the lead character of the series, I imagine myself as all five! 😉 Clearly I highly recommend this series! Are any of you familiar with it? Or do you have another show you are fascinated by? Let me know in a comment!

I’m so glad you stopped by. Have a great day!

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.


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