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Define Yourself. (143/365)

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Today's shot is a tribute to two of my very good flickr friends, Jordy and Cyndi. A while back, I saw this shot that Cyndi had taken of her daughter (coincidentally also named Ali), and I knew I wanted to try to do a version of it at some point. Then today I was perusing Jordy's stream and discovered this shot and knew that today would be the day!


The thing I love about both Jordy and Cyndi is that they march to the beat of their own drum. They don't simply follow the crowd, but instead forge ahead and make their own path. I love that. There have been many times in my life that I've admittedly been a sheep and simply gone with the flow because it was easier. And because I have always struggled with an insatiable need to be liked. But I like to think that as I've gotten older, I've developed a strong enough backbone to forge ahead as me. Just me. I'm not perfect. Far from it. But I like to think that all of my flaws are really what make me uniquely beautiful. In a way nobody else can be. (Of course, that won't keep me from obsessing over them.)


A few things to note about this shot... I am right-handed. That's why my right hand looks so sloppy. Drawing with my left hand is not easy!! Andy added two items to my right hand, so I'll tag those. Also, these "washable" markers are not really that washable. I mean, I scrubbed the hell out of my hands multiple times and I've still got writing all over them. It's faded slightly, but it's still there. Thank god I never used these markers on my face (which is the reason I originally bought them).


Also!!!! H IS FOR HANDS!!! Finally! I've been stuck in my alpha series. This will get me un-stuck. abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz


365 Days (self portraits): Day 112

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Taken on July 21, 2009