What I am

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© Rui Valentim
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UploadedSeptember 23, 2008
TakenApril 16, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D40
Exposure1/20 sec at f/4.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length24 mm
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This is one of the most personal photos I have of myself.See how ugly I can be?This shot of myself took a lot of thinking before I have the guts to post it on my other phot community web site. But it surely freed me from my fear and the shame. I can tell that that my close family don't have a clue about what I've done to my body sind my 12 years old. Few people knows it. And I'm not proud of this but I know that if I haven't done it probably I would have done a lot worst to me. So this kind saved me at the same time it buryed me on myself for long years. But only I know why I had this need to hurt me so bad. Haven't done anything like it since I met and the angel I love. She's the only person that knows how strong and personal this shot is. 1 year and 4 months "sober". . . And this is about faith.To me and to other that might do the same and feel hopeless and helpless to leave it behind.

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  • Sarah Storer

    Sarah Storer gave props (23 Sep 2008):

    Great story and powerful image. Thanks for sharing xx

  • Cristina Pascu

    Cristina Pascu gave props (23 Sep 2008):

    I'm always relieved to see these kind of marks on people...it does give faith to see how other people are imperfect and vulnerable just like you...and it's good to know you're ok.

  • Justin

    Justin said (27 Sep 2008):

    Thank you for posting this powerful, vulnerable piece, Rui. I pray you continue in this newfound strength, and I too am thankful for the angel at your side. God bless you, my friend.

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