“The trouble is, you think you have time.”
― Jack Kornfiel
I’ll start with that, and share that I totally butchered that quote as I thought it was problem and not trouble. I am not someone who is afraid to admit her mistakes. So there you go. This quote speaks on so many multiple levels currently.
The project continues to fill the hearts of all of us. Being present is hard, getting in the frame is even harder. Take a little time in the week, commit to one hr of trying to take a self portrait, join our group. The encouragement never ends there.
Here’s a super small May collection, because life.
“A woman must find time for herself. Time is what we spend our lives with. If we are not careful we find others spending it for us. . . . It is necessary now and then for a woman to go away by herself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and to ask of herself, ‘Who am I, and where have I been, and where am I going?’ . . . If one is not careful, one allows diversions to take up one’s time—the stuff of life.”
― Carl Sandburg
Of self portraits. I’m sharing that quote to serve as a reminder, whether you have children or not. Alone time is OK. I have yet to attempt another round of solo self portraits, and I can say with certainty that they make me reflect so much. As I sit there looking at myself in the camera , having all of the tiny pangs of self hate and loathing, I am able to think of myself for a second, to look at my features and examine and as I most often do, make a list in my head of the things I would change about myself . Still I welcome solo self portraits as my alone time, not only physically but mentally.
So many of us have called photos with our children cheating, as we are able to hide behind hugs and giggles. So I want to challenge you to take a solo self portrait if you haven’t already. Feel the bareness . & take it all in.
song recommendation : Sara Bareilles , She used to be mine.
SELF PORTRAIT GROUP : ENTER HERE
Month 3. I think it was a tough month, inspiration came slowly for most of us. Some weeks we had many “place holders” in case the big idea didn’t pan out .
ALL of the women really surprise me with the insane vulnerability they are able to put forth. I am not there yet, It has always been so tough to let my inner feelings show. When women in this group share their photographs and then it’s followed by “but i hate this or that about it” it’s crazy. All I see is beauty and bravery. Stepping out of comfort zones and pushing past fears. So much beauty and passion.
If you are still unsure about photographing yourself, I dare you to find an old photograph of your mother and hate an inch of it.
If you’d love to check out our group here’s the link : FB RAD GROUP
Also be sure to check last month’s post : Month 2
in no specific order……
POST BY ADRI DE LA CRUZ