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Duality #30

This is one of two new images in my Dualities gallery. CLICK HERE to see them.

I doubt if I could have imagined a year ago that I would ever have chosen to bring attention to my wrinkles like this. And I wonder if my attitude could have changed so dramatically had I not become a photographer. It was more than just creating my "Facing Up To My Face at 65" photo gallery that changed things for me. How can I say this? It's as if looking through the lens of my camera has trained my eye to see things as they are, not as I wish they were. And to accept that reality without needing to gloss over it or turn away. Instead of simply seeing flowers, sunsets and beautiful faces, now I see empty liquor bottles in brown paper bags on city sidewalks, lakefront mansions one mile from boarded-up shop windows, and the wrinkles on my face. It just is what is.

Maybe this is why I think my spirituality is tied to my photography. Mindfulness is a core value in both. And living in the present moment. And seeing the truth of the world around me. And accepting life as it is. And being grateful for it all.

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geranio09-Jan-2008 18:54
Really you are very observer.V
Bill Warren08-Jan-2008 23:41
Dual pics don't do much for me--this being the exception. V
Keith Goldstein06-Jan-2008 04:21
Such strength, power, and honesty in this image Patricia. Bravo! ~V~
an nguyen06-Jan-2008 01:04
I am still searching myself and can't figure it out just yet. This gallery is so brilliant . V
Eckhart Derschmidt06-Jan-2008 00:33
Guest 05-Jan-2008 22:00
Ahh yes, life follows the path of sinuous lines...v
JSWaters05-Jan-2008 21:22
The goal is not to change your subjects, but for the subject to change the photographer. ~Author Unknown

It's just the beginning Patricia. Well done.
Guest 05-Jan-2008 16:22
You're a genius!! Amazing and thoughtful words and work!!
Guest 05-Jan-2008 15:46
Stunning! Your words couldn't be truer. V
Guest 05-Jan-2008 13:39
Patricia, this is amazing. So well said. Lately, as I take the self portraits of myself (not someone else LOL), I just want to press delete on each one. Ha ha. And as I have said to you before it is so tempting to dip into the photoshop make up kit and give myself a face lift. But, that is not what it is all about. Your face has thought me many things. It tells stories of joy, strength, etc. It is real! and I love it. I think I will save your words above along with those of Phil's I have kept and read them when I am searching for myself.
Carolyn Rasmussen05-Jan-2008 13:05
You are remarkable. V
Guest 05-Jan-2008 12:00
Agree with Ann. The real beauty is on the inside, always was ... ~V~
Máire Uí Mhaicín05-Jan-2008 11:53
Wonderful image!And in this world of botox, etc. it shines like a beacon of honesty. Every wrinkle is like a road on a map of a life well-lived.-v-
Offer Goldfarb05-Jan-2008 10:36
The cabbage is indidderent about its wrinkles.
Nevertheless I vote for u.
Ann...05-Jan-2008 09:53
You are just awesome Patricia!!!
Silvia Roitman05-Jan-2008 09:46
wow!!fantastic!very strong image!!vote!
12305-Jan-2008 08:18
Come, come now! Not a fair comparisson. :( (hey if I frown for too V
Paco López05-Jan-2008 08:16
Excellent work and wonderful attitud, my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big vote!
Kal Khogali05-Jan-2008 08:07
The merger of the two veins on the cabbage with the two of the lines on your face, make this as close to a single image as you can get. K
Guest 05-Jan-2008 07:21
Really excellent one! Bravo for this daring image.
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