Wow. Thank you so much Charisse, Jen, and Karen for sharing with me. Exploring my feelings for a self portrait gave me focus, taking the photo gave me freedom, and sharing the photos on my blog gave me confidence. But reading your comments was the most powerful part. Your words gave me perspective, new insight, comfort, and happiness. I have always believed that each person’s life is truly a unique experience and I embrace and appreciate different ideas and values. But I am amazed at the different things you each saw in my photos and in me. Not only did I learn about myself with this exercise, I learned about the world. I am just beginning to understand how humans can have such very, very different thoughts, yet be so very much the same, all at the same time. The earth is a marvelously wonderful place.
Just two activities into this soar! adventure my feelings have already started to change. But at the very start what I felt most strongly was excited and exposed. Excited because I am passionate about photography and living a creative life. Exposed because I have not expressed my passions openly before. Exposed because most of my life I have not viewed myself as a creative person, and being a creative person seems risky. A creative person seems more susceptible to judgment, criticism, and failure. This photo really captured what I was going for, and I love what Charisse, Jen & Karen added!
Choosing an object to represent my feelings was much more difficult. Maybe because I usually live life honestly and in a straightforward manner. If you want something, then get it. If something makes you feel bad, then get rid of it. Representing my feelings with something other than myself is more circuitous. I actually didn’t have the words to describe my connection to the egg, it just felt like the right thing. Again, thank you so much to Charisse, Jen, & Karen for putting words to my image for me. You all got it even when I didn’t know what I wanted you to get: “fragile, nourishing and nurturing, and peeling away a protective outer shell to reveal a softer, yet still firm, existence….somewhat of an unveiling.” Yes, that is exactly it.