Me, in Focus

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Welcome to my virtual gallery of self-portraits.

I turned the camera to the mirror in May of 2010 when I noticed how very few pictures I had of myself. I also realized that as a soon to be divorced, partner-less, mother of two, I have few people to regularly capture my image during my current time of re-inventing, re-discovering myself.

As I pose, shoot, and edit these pictures, I learn so much about myself—more than I ever thought I could simply by using a camera—with me as the focus.

My decision to capture my image that day, turned into an almost daily activity, and then into a body of work. As I share this experience, I am hopeful that my exploration will inspire others to focus their cameras on themselves, with the images then helping them on a path to find their life's focus.

So far, I take all my pictures in a mirror (or several), with me having a direct physical connection to the camera. I realize that a remote and a tripod might be handy (and traditional) tools to employ, and I will eventually use them somewhat. I enjoy the challenge, the limitations, and the flexibility of my current dynamic, though. I shoot 99% of my photos with a Nikon D5000—with electrical tape covering up its distinctive markings. Someday I would like to employ a Canon 5D mark II. Someday....

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"In a photo, you can be anyone you want to be, whereas in a mirror, you can only be yourself. I am hopeful that, eventually, I can be both. "

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Several followers have asked who I am. Knowing who you are is a life-long process for everyone, since we are always changing, even if only slightly. My best description, currently, is as follows:

Other than having this strange blog with copious pictures I took of myself, I am someone you might see on the sidelines of a soccer game, or say hi to in the grocery store; a former stay-at-home mom learning how to balance work and kids while staying true to myself and sane. This blog seems to serve as my diary, therapist, and creative outlet. Statistically, I am a 38 year old, 135 pound, ukulele playing, camera wielding, story-telling, former competitive weightlifting, yoga practicing, girl-next-door, friend, daughter, sister, divorced single mother of two.

I am also someone who is living out the quintessential American dream—reinvention of the self.

I hope you enjoy your time perusing my posts, if you have something to say or ask, please do. If you are new to my blog, I recommend checking out the "archive" link, in the bottom right, to get an overall view of my project. High-resolution images can be viewed by mousing over a picture, and clicking on the circular icon appearing in the center.

Twitter, Facebook, email, and the "ask" links are all attended to (with varying degrees of frequency).

"Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are." —Oscar Wilde

❤ Heather

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I've noticed recently you've been reposting a lot of your old photos, may I ask why?

Anonymous

❧ Yes, I have been doing some re-runs. The truth is, I have busy establishing myself in my new life: getting my paying career going, enjoying the time I have with my children, negotiating child issues and schedules with my ex, trying to have a social life, keeping a respectably clean house (or trying to), and visiting the gym somewhat regularly. My creative endeavors—my photographic, blogging, and music, seem to have taken a hit in the last few months.

Yesterday, my blog hit it’s one year mark, and I feel it is a good time for reassessment. A lot has changed for me over the last year, but one thing remains the same, I am figuring out where I am, where I want to go, and how best to get there. In the last year, I have posted 363 out of 365 days, created 960 posts, including hundreds of photographs. In order for my project to stay alive with new material, I must decrease it’s frequency, I just don’t see another way.

My current idea is to create 1 photographic post per week, a post that has more than just a title, but also has the thoughtful writing that I enjoy creating (and it seems you followers enjoy reading, too). Some quotations that resonate with me will still have a place here, I get messages from you about how you enjoy them, but I glean much from them, too. Additionally, I think that aesthetically, they create a nice white space between the picture posts.

I would love to hear all of your thoughts, too, since this project has become somewhat of a community.

❤ Heather

Between

❧ Placed within light and shadow, half photograph and half drawing, a curved subject sits in the middle of hard lines.

It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.

Carl Jung

Two Sides of the Coin

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Jung

From the Hip

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

Carl Jung

Freelance

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

 - Theodore Roosevelt

Beyond the Beyond

❧ Thanks to a comment from a friend, I see this image as “Heather Rose: comic book heroine”.

Patience and fortitude conquer all things.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shades, Contours

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

Oscar WIlde

Placement

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

(Sign hanging in Einstein’s office at Princeton)

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