Day 18: A Photograph of Yourself

DenaNovember 18, 2013


I thought about choosing a few photographs and complicating the issue (like I’ve been wont to do). But then I thought better of it. Exhaustion seems to be getting the better of me these days. I’m fairly productive in the morning but by 5:00 pm my brain is mush. (Thank you female hormones. This should pass in a week.) I’ve been busy working on my photography which is wonderful, but also taking much of my creative energy these few days. Sorry, little blog. I still love you, though.

The picture above is a self portrait that I took around 2010. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the original, so I pulled this one from Facebook — hence the horrible quality. Still, it’s always been a favourite. It was one of our first summers living in this house and I was lying in the grass in the backyard. I remember feeling so close to nature at that time. I could never get enough it. I would always walk barefoot just to bring myself ever closer to the Earth. I had long, black mermaid hair. I also like the fact that you can see my crooked jaw in this picture. It is something that I once hated so much about myself, but have come to love in my older age. Francis Bacon said that — “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” With age, I’ve come to believe this fact. All of the most beautiful people & things (to my eyes) have some wonderful imperfections. Symmetry is overrated.

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Comments (7)

  • amy

    November 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    this photo could not be a more perfect image for you to choose.
    it encompasses so much about you. it really is just perfect.

    1. Dena

      November 18, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you, love. I am glad that you think so. <3

  • Aiko

    November 19, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Lovely photo, esp the light on your face. One of my buffs was also born with a crooked jaw. She’s gorgeous – I think that kind of stuff makes you look more awesome. On a more extreme level, once I thought this hipster girl was missing an arm at the elbow and I was like “she looks cool – the half-arm looks cool.” But then she had a whole arm – it was just the way she was holding herself, and I was almost disappointed because she was just “normal”!

    1. Dena

      November 19, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Ha, that is interesting, the other end of the spectrum. Thank you for your kind words. It’s amazing what age does to the psyche as far as confidence and perception go.

  • Suzy

    November 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Love the quote! I never noticed your jaw, just always saw lovely you in your photos: )

    Of course, we are our harshest critics. I don’t like the gap in my teeth and yet I’ve had people tell me how awesome or cool it was. But it makes me, me!

  • farzana

    November 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    You really look at peace! I really love your wavy hair.

  • Scott

    November 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Well, I don’t think I have the ability to post a photograph here of myself, so maybe Dena can post her firefly pic of my family apple picking (it’s so great it’s my facebook cover page photo)

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