Anyone who has been through a difficult time can appreciate how healing (and thought-provoking) taking self-portraits can be. Sometimes you just need to face yourself in the mirror. Sometimes you need to be willing to see exactly what you look like in order to silence the constant critic who can’t stop exaggerating your worst faults.
The truth is, we are all more tender, more fragile, more strong and more beautiful than we can bear to imagine–but it gets one step easier if we’re willing to pick up the camera (or the iPhone) and take in all of who we are, through a more forgiving lens.
I’ve been doing this everyday for the last few weeks. I think it’s helping me get grounded and remember who I am, after all I’ve seen and been through over the last year.
Do you need a nudge to turn that camera back around on your beautiful self?
It’s time for a June Mini Photo Contest. That means it’s time to share your best image that fits our theme this week. Today, it’s Hello You! So show us YOU in all your self-portrait glory between now and Sunday night at midnight PST over in our OWP Flickr pool and leave a comment here with a link to your shot. Only one image per person please and only those images shared through links in the comments here will be considered. There will be one “Grand Hello” winner that will receive a 36X24 canvas (Hello!) and 2 runners up will win a 20X24 canvas compliments of Hello Canvas, of course!
So hurry, hurry–don’t be shy. We’re eager to see your sweet face–exactly as you are right now.