Just before deciding to get myself into gear and take pictures of the necklace, I was listening to a new-to-me podcast, the History of the Roman Papacy, and the episode on Paul of Tarsus (i.e. St. Paul) got me thinking about how individuals can accomplish amazing things ... things that would seem pretty crazy were one to announce the goal at the offset. For example, "I'm going to define and establish a new, universal religion and spread it across the globe." Sounds crazy, right?!
And then this led me to thinking about the power of invention and self-invention, which led me back to something lurking in the back (or front) of my mind since this article was published in the New York Times. I know the author and certain parts of the essay had me wrinkling my forehead.
And then I remembered that it's her story about part of her life and one of the wonderful things about writing is that we the writers get to choose how to interpret and represent things, what is important, and what isn't. And that maybe the narrative needs us to push things in a certain direction to help us get our point across. So, when I remembered that I was much more able to just enjoy her piece and be genuinely happy for her for being published in the effing NY Times.
Now I'll show you the first fruits of all of this reflection: self-portraits...which didn't start out as such.
Originally I was just trying to take a picture of the damn necklace and I was going to crop my head out of the frame because I don't have my "face" on today and I'm feelin' tired after two nights of alcohol drinking. But I was delighted with the results. I love the light and the angles and I love that it's just me on a Saturday afternoon, no glamour.
I like the light in this one especially...
And this is what happens when I start cracking myself up when I realize I'm taking self-portraits:
Oh, and finally, a close-up of the finished object:
All in all I'm happy with the final result. And I felt like - whew, finally! - I finished something arts and craftsy! Now I can go play a video game, ha!