Turning the Lens on Myself

{Last week I participated in a self-portrait class hosted by Michelle GD.  Each day she gave us a single prompt which we then interpreted by turning the lens on our selves.  I found the week to be thought-provoking and a challenge for my camera-shy self. Below are a few of my favorites.}


Strength (noun) :  a strong or positive quality

When I reflect on strength I think about my hands and what they are capable of.  They have soothed fevered foreheads, wiped away tears, created pieces of art, offered comfort and consolation.  They have applauded the success of others and have been joined together in prayer.  My hands show my age perhaps more than any other part of my body; they represent a life well lived, one that has had challenges as well as triumphs.  


Ritual (noun) a ceremonial act or action

I make my bed every morning, finding comfort in the straightening and smoothing of sheets, the folding of quilts, the fluffing of pillows.  I read a story once where the main character compared the state of the marriage bed to the state of her relationship with her husband.  Her bed was hastily put together; sheets rumpled, bedskirt askew.  Our bed is made with care, love for my marriage imbued within each layer.


Quiet (adjective) free from noise or uproar

I seek out quiet the way others seek out stimulation.  I crave quiet, especially in today's world where there is so much agitation and clamor.  Quiet grounds me, returns me to a state of equilibrium, of balance and peace.  It is so good for my soul.  Quiet and I are good friends.

This class really caused me to work outside of my comfort zone, which is always a good thing.  I also enjoyed seeing my classmates' interpretations of the daily prompt.  How do you feel about self-portraiture?  Is it something you are comfortable with?  Or, are you more like me, a little hesitant about turning the lens on your self?



"Self-portraits are a way of revealing something about oneself." ~ Eric Kandel