Wednesday, January 12, 2011

No lies. No prize. Just truth.

I found this once online...

I honestly don't remember what I was searching for under images; but I loved it so much I've kept it.

On occasion it becomes my profile picture on various networking sites.

I've always thought it would be the inspiration for a wonderful photography collection. Individuals writing a poem, or brief monologue about their feelings of identity and how others see them. Then mimicking this picture - by having a picture of the written piece written on them (either their back, legs, chests, arms, etc). 

Hmmm....not sure what I'd have mine say?

What would yours say?
Where would you have it placed?


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  2. I feel like it would be like getting a tattoo (since it would be documented forever, digitally at least) and it would take me Ages to think of something that I see of that importance.

    (Dashes over to get her... notebook of collected poetry)

    Oh! So, I could see doing part of "the invitation" by Oriah Mountain Dreamer (Pat Was. had it on her door in Bekins), but THEN, I saw it. I have a bunch of quotes out of a book by Jeanette Winterson called "Written on the Body" that's all about love and one of my favorite books of all time.

    This would be a great quote:

    "Written on the body is a secret code only visible in certain lights; the accumulations of a lifetime gather there. In places the palimpsest (parchment) is so heavily worked that the letters feel like braille. I like to keep my body rolled up away from prying eyes. Never unfold too much, tell the whole story. I didn't know Louise would have reading hands. She has translated me into her own book."

  3. No, not that one. Augh! I don't know. I give up, but I did go through my collected poetry book, and that was fun ♥

  4. I have seen this as an image on your profile before, but have never stopped to read it. I love your blog and could not help myself. All I have to say go girl! How cliche is that, but really!

    Thank you for posting this, thank you for making this important. In a world where we are constantly told how to be and how to live, this rocks my socks off! We are who we are, imperfections and mistakes are what make us that way and are what make us beautiful individuals. Thank you!

    I have mine all planned out, and have for years, but there are some new aspects I have just added. It will begin on my ribs, just under my heart and move like a path over my back and onto my shoulder and upper arm. There will be no words. I am going to start with four empty stars, they will be connected by a "pathway" of sorts (just an artistic connection between). I don't know what will fill them all, that's the beauty.

    The first will contain an image from my parents and grandparents, just something that represents each of them, to show where I have come from. The second is still empty, but there will be some images surrounding it. There will be a halo at the top of the star, signifying our lost baby. It will have a W in the center for my wonderful husband who has supported me though this. The rest is to be determined...

    I spent the majority of my life caring what others thought of me and have come to a conclusion. I like me. I love where I have come from, where I am now and the mistakes I have made along the way. By no means was my path smooth or perfect, but I don't care. I have learned from my mistakes and I am who I am. I am who I am because of the experiences that I have had and while they aren't perfect I would not change them.

  5. I'm glad you like it. I occasionally go to this picture as my "profile pic" when I'm in "the world is asking too much" mood.

    Thank you for sharing your story with me. It's interesting you said yours would have be stars. On my right ankle/calf I have three stars. 1 for me in my fav color, 1 for my mom in her fav color and one for my little sister in hers. So far that's all it is. No fancy detail or flair. But I have thought that as life goes I'll slowly add to it. Add to the story as it were.

  6. i think this would be an interesting photo project. Sherin Neshat has The Women of Allah series, which sort of plays on this concept, but using different media, and its theme is a big departure from this person's. but! i still think it would be worth a gander if you've never seen it.

    what would mine say? i have no idea. ide like to think that it would either be something very short, like one word, or something very long. like epic long. and if it was long, i would want the words everywhere, intertwining with one another over my legs, back, chest, neck, face, feet and hands (etc.,). something you would not be able to photograph or see all at once - and i guess that would be sort of the point of it.

  7. This is completely awesome. And so is what I have read so far of your blog. Consider me a follower : )

  8. I would put this on my thigh, mainly because my back has something on it already!

    To All My Haters
    I keep it real and that's a promise.
    I may be whatever you want to call me,
    but I'm honest.
    When I walk by, you stop and stare.
    Well keep looking,
    I have my own life and style,
    not trying to please you or smile.
    When it comes to competition,
    you're out.
    So, shut your hatin self
    And keep me out of your mouth!

    I know, I'm so wierd, but it is so true!