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Much is expected.
Growing up means learning things, and in one's 40's, these things begin to show on one's face! Here I am, wrinkles and all.
I have become a very introspective woman. These are ideas I have now, growing up:
I am thankful for the many special blessings to which I was born into in my life. I have been a very lucky human. I have never known poverty, nor have I ever gone without. For whatever reason, my life was given to me with many material things attached. So, I turn inward, always, to find what I can do with this, what I am to learn from this, what I am to teach, and how I might use this to make a difference.
All of the great religions and philosophies of the world indicate that giving is blessed and that from goodness, comes goodness. I often fail, but as often, try to give and be a decent human.
Accordingly, I try very hard to keep things real. That is why I am somewhat a purist and a dark room photographer. So, today, I offer a glimpse of myself, unaltered in any way: the failed human, to whom much has been given, and much, much, is therefore expected. But this is a truthful depiction of whom I am; nothing altered, nothing diminished. Wrinkles, flaws and everything. This is truly whom I am. This is how I look.
I want everyone I see to know that photography, as life, offers many chances for falseness and untruth. By its very nature, it can be deceptive. And yet, used in goodness, it can convey the greatest truths and kindnesses man has ever known. I am not against some digital altering at all. That is not what I am saying. My message here is more about what an artist’s work conveys.
Is it truthful? Is it based in goodness and helpfulness? Does it spread positive notions and helpful thoughts? Or, is it sheerly hedonistic and self-fulfilling? Is it gratutious? Does what we post here on this site deserve to be called “ART?”
These are things I ponder.
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