Yesterday my friend Andrew and I were in his innovative home studio shooting some photographs for a series he’s working on. I was wearing a mask for the shoot. When we were done, it seemed like a waste to not take a few “unmasked” photos when the light and background were all set up.
I was reluctant to post this image today, not because of the quality of the image. Nice work Andrew. But why? I think perhaps the “why” is; the veins/age spots on my hands, the wrinkles around my eyes and my grey roots awaiting a touch up (tomorrow). However, while looking more closely I don’t only see those things. I see that I’m wearing my favorite “uniform” of paint splattered khakis, a tank top and a cowboy shirt I’ve had and loved for twenty years. Around my neck is a pendant my daughter, Willa made for me in her metals class. I’m really relaxed. Down the road I wholeheartedly believe I’ll be grateful to have this portrait. Thanks Andrew.
Today I printed it at the #BCA studios on Pine Street in Burlington (thanks Renee). I plan to write some details on the back so my grandkids or great grandkids will possess some information about me and who I was in March of 2018.
Don’t shy from the camera folks. You’re going to want photographs of yourself. Get your favorite ones printed. Only having digital images is so different than actually holding a print in your hand—get multiples & share them broadly.
I totally agree and you are beautiful with all of your soul accoutrements.
Lisa, this is a soulful portrait. I don’t know you very well, but you made quite an impression on me as a rennegade, a creative explorer, a sassy, condident, no-holds -barred girl. And you know what, that what this pictures says to me now. I love it.
Wow. That’s so generous of you. I wasn’t completely confident about posting it…some inner voice said that it was just “too much or what will people think”. However, now, my hope is that it inspires people to get a portrait-like shot of themselves for posterity.
Yes, Yes, thank you for the reminder that we see more than the years beginning to show. And yes to making a note about details for future family to read and remember; I thank you for the message. And I like your new portrait.
Thank you for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it. Now, are you ready for your close up? 🙂