Reflections (Self Portrait Wednesday)
I thank Misty Mawn
for prodding us all to capture
self-portraits on a regular basis.
It's a challenging assignment on so many levels -
how to accomplish it technically,
how to manage issues of body image and self-consciousness,
not wanting to open yourself up too much to others,
wanting to cast yourself in the best light.
I've come to love the "reflected self" self-portraits
because they offer a handy dandy way to deal with those issues.
Besides, the reflected images have an enigmatic quality
and my corporeal self has an air of lightness,
at least that's what I think.
The truth of it is, however,
that every moment of our lives
we're creating a self-portrait.
how we use our time
the choices we make when no option is ideal
whether we celebrate or shun our gifts
if we demonstrate kindness and compassion consistently
whether we're open to new experience or sadly shut down
the trail our words leave behind us
the images we choose to capture and share in our blogs
whether we're really present or absent from our own lives
These things all show others
our fullness of self
in a way a millisecond click of the shutter
can never accomplish.