Self portrait With Dulcimer

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© Andrea Petersen
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"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all....Ecclesiastes 9: 11"

A bird flew swift
Wings o'er my head....
And gave me a lift
Where she was led....

Singing e'er so sweetly
On this spring April day...
In tune with the melody
I was trying to play.

The song bird knew how....
To perform natures show
But shied away from photo op....
While dulcimer made a prop.

┬ęPoetry by me AJP

I hadn't planned to look up, but just as this self portrait was being shot with camera on tripod and a 10 second self timer a bird did indeed swoop over my head, and sang a few notes as it flew past.. it was so swift that I couldn't identify it. The sun was in my eyes also in that moment when I looked up. .Sometimes the unplanned turns out more natural than if it had been planned...

However, I am embarrassed to admit that I still haven't learned how to play the dulcimer yet that I bought a few years ago.. but was trying to strum a few chords on this self portrait while wearing a Taylor Swift Sweat shirt hoodie I bought recently at a thrift store for this photo shoot. I am still learning also how to shoot good self portraits but this one is a little less stiff than some, thanks to the bird who flew swift wings over head. I did have a different self portrait for this challenge earlier. I like that this isn't posed with a fancy background, but plain and simple breathing in the fresh air of spring, while hearing the sounds of birds singing that I feel at peace with.

7 responses

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (9 Apr 2019):

    well done!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (10 Apr 2019):

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (10 Apr 2019):

    I agree.. this portrait is so beautiful! The words of your poem express your sense of oneness with nature so beautifully, too. An excellent self-portrait and perfect for the challenge, Andrea!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (10 Apr 2019):

    Thank you all... I rarely have done black and white for portraits but I like it on this picture
    because of the texture of the old building in back. I wanted something more recent than the
    previous 2014 self portrait that I had posted earlier for the challenge where I had set up floodlight and impressionist background. Even though this isn't as fancy or maybe as flattering. .I feel more at peace and comfortable outside with nature .... I think it should express that in a self portrait....

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (10 Apr 2019):

    Very cool and hope you learn to play this!

  • Jerry Beasley

    Jerry Beasley (Deleted) gave props (10 Apr 2019):

    I like serendipity, and when combined with photography, sometimes it's a pleasant surprise!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (10 Apr 2019):

    Thank you for the comments..I like serendipity also as it redirected my mind to the bird who
    flew over my head (catching me off guard) than how I should pose for the camera...I guess
    this is why I felt led to keep this self portrait for the challenge..

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