Taking self portrait photographs has changed my life and my relationship with my body. From arty to filthy it has allowed me to engage with my physical self and my sexual self in a way I have never done before in my life.
There are days when it makes me feel vulnerable and unsure and days when it has made me feel powerful and so damn sexy but both those emotions and all the others that it has inspired in me over the years have taught me so much about myself.
There are days when I take self portraits and HATE what I see but I have learned to be more gentle with myself over the years. To step away, take a breath and try again. There is something beautiful to be found if you just lean in to the process and if not, tomorrow is another day, you try again and again if needed because eventually you will capture something of worth (to you). Because you are the only person who matters in this relationship with the camera.
The older I get the more determined I am to continue with my self portrait images. To show that a woman in her 50’s (not quite but April will be here soon) is just as much a sexual desirable creature as she was in her 40’s etc but also to be as honest as I can be about my wrinkles, stretch marks, saggy tummy and the other aspects of ageing. That is not always easy mind you but I only have now and I don’t want to waste it.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
~ Mary Oliver
Reaches for camera….
Your physical shell is as beautiful as your inner being. You are a beautiful whole.
Ho god listen to me… I’m such a waste…….
What he’s said
Your exterior is a mild reflection of the beauty within.
Your post helps me rethink my own feelings about my body image.
That and the way my Kitten touches me.
More on that in an upcoming post.
Your photography is beautiful and I’m in awe of the lovely images you take of yourself. I hope that continues into your 50’s and beyond xx
Beautiful photos of beautiful Molly ???