Category : Self-Portrait
Friends, I’ve had a roller coaster of life over the past few days. I have dwelled at the bottom, in the throes of despair, anguish, and worry. I have towed the mid-level line with frequent reminders to stay calm, to not freak out, to wait until the picture had fully developed as it were. And, I have risen from the depths to experience relief, to exhale, to return to a sense of ease. And in the midst of these turbulent emotions, I was reminded of gratitude. Yes, I admit to feeling the most gratitude when I emerged at the end of the ride on said roller coaster. But moreover, I was awakened to the truer sense of gratitude — to the idea of being alive to all that we have, both the good and the bad, each and every day.
“GRATITUDE is not a passive response to something given to us, gratitude is being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us. Gratitude is not something that is shown after the event, it is the deep, a priori state of attention that shows we understand and are equal to the gifted nature of life. Gratitude is the understanding that many millions of things come together and live together and mesh together and breathe together in order for us to take even one more breath of air, that the underlying gift of life and incarnation as a living, participating human being is privilege, that we are part of something, rather than nothing. Even if that something is temporarily pain or despair, we inhabit a living world, with real faces, real voices, laughter, the color blue, the green of the fields, the freshness of a cold wind, or the tawny hue of a winter landscape.”
–by David Whyte, published on his Facebook page, November 28, 2013
I can’t say it better than that. xoxo
Given my total immersion in my 365 IMPOSSIBLE Self-Portraits project, it’s not surprising that my mobile photography (aka iPhoneography) has taken on a decidedly selfie slant. But recent newspaper articles prove that it’s not just me — self-portraiture is having a bit of a moment. The New York Times and Canada’s The Globe and Mail both have run recent articles about self-portraits. And perhaps more telling, Oxford Dictionaries proclaimed “selfie” as the word of the year for 2013.
For six months now, I’ve gone to bed with some version of the following thought swimming around in my head: “How am I going to shoot myself tomorrow?” SIX MONTHS! You know what that means?!?! I’ve hit the half-way mark on 365 IMPOSSIBLE Self-Portraits. I’m half-way there, friends. It seems like only yesterday I was reflecting on the three-month mark, and here I am half-way through this incredible journey.
As I hit the half-way point of 365 IMPOSSIBLE Self-Portraits, I see how much I’m growing as a photographer AND as a person. What began as a photography project has morphed into a larger metaphor about myself and life. This project consistently unveils lessons to me at every turn, showing me an insight into life through the process of shooting, by stepping way outside my comfort zone, or in my reaction to a photograph. My greatest hope is to write a book, compiling these awakenings and learnings along with a large selection of the self-portraits, and share them with you.
I’m excited to be over at the IMPOSSIBLE Project blog today, sharing more about 365 IMPOSSIBLE Self-Portraits, including some never-before seen photographs from the last few months. I hope you click HERE to check it out!
I promised you a few weeks ago that I’d share some more film photos from our trip to Chicago, and I’m here to deliver! This was the first trip in years in which I did NOT bring along my digital SLR, but instead relied only on my Polaroid cameras, my 35mm film camera, and my iPhone. Since it was such a quick trip, it gave me a good opportunity to test how I would feel to only have film cameras with me. For the most part, it felt great — especially for my back! I had to trust that I would get some photos I liked, while knowing there would be others I didn’t like so much with no opportunity for a do-over. And, those sentiments proved true. Although there are some photos that didn’t meet my expectations, and I couldn’t check them on an LCD screen the moment I took them to make sure “I had the shot,” I’m okay with that. I embraced an analog weekend, and I’m content with the resulting photographs.
Having already shared my favorite Polaroid shots from the trip, here are my favorite 35mm photos from our 36 hours in the Windy City!
These last two trips with my Canon AE-1 camera — this Chicago adventure and the British Columbia retreat — are making me fall in love all over again with 35mm film. What are you in love with these days?