365 Project - Day 16 - Namaste

I have to say as "enlightened" as someone like myself tries to be, I am prone to as many irrational securities as anyone else. This challenge has really been tough on my self image from a couple of perspectives. First of all, I have never been comfortable with my appearance and seeing all the other people's posts - every one of each is more attractive than me - well - it's not fun. I understand (well, sorta understand) the point of a self portrait is not to produce model-like pictures, but to show the inner self. Still, I guess I can be as superficial as anyone sometimes.

 

Secondly, I don't think this mode of photography is my forte - which I suppose is quite the point of undertaking a challenge like this - to improve and spark creativity. I also feel petty as my self portraits have not seemed to capture much interest. On the same token, maybe I just don't work hard enough at them to deserve much attention.I tend to take the pictures I feel I am "good" at and not try others - a behavior that becomes a vicious cycle. In my rational moments I understand the point of these challenges is to push oneself out of one's comfort zone to spur creativity and growth.

 

So today's pic - which I kinda like - is meant to remind myself to undergo this challenge, like any other activity, with mindfulness - to observe these thoughts and let them go - and to embrace myself.

  • Lauren Miller 7y

    perfect!!!!!!!! this fits so well with Zen Fridays and I think you executed it very nicely!!!! HZF!

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    Seen in the group"Happy Zen Friday" (?)
  • Mike Zellers 7y

    thanks - i also think - keeping in the spirit of zen art - nothing is perfect - notice how one pinky is too straight or the other too bent - the result i am sure of some old injury
  • Jon 7y

    I like the peaceful expression of this image as well as your spot on commentary. Having completed 365 Days I know exactly where you're coming from and a little about where you're headed.
  • ukimmeru 7y

    Sixteen days in and you are already growing. I like this picture and I like seeing your stream. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this project -- it is challenging and does push us in ways that sometimes are uncomfortable. Keep up the good work and keep pushing those boundaries. :-)
  • Jason Thompson 7y

  • Mike Zellers 7y

    thanks all for the kind words - esp. thanks to ukimmeru for the extra encouragement!
  • h0lly_w00d 7y

    what a genius shot!
  • Mike Zellers 7y

    smiles - thank you holly - just put it on the home page of my website - grew on me..
  • Katherine McAdoo 7y

    This actually reminds me of Fullmetal Alchemist - that's how Ed transmutes things, by clapping his hands together like that. A focus of all the power.
    It's great in black and white - I love it.
  • Mike Zellers 7y

    interesting, thepipeople. for me, this is the namaste gesture, which essentially says "i bow to the divinity in you" - of course i can see given that this gesture comes from the heart, the energy it could evoke.
  • I have moved :) 7y

    awesome!!!!!! love the simplicity of this shot!
  • Mike Zellers 7y

    thanks Little Woman Big Lens - actually use it as the photo on my website homepage - was pleasantly surprised
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