May: Music

#SelfPortrait #MyReflectiveLens Efi Panagoula
“Mute”- Efi Panagoula

#SelfPortrait #MyReflectiveLens Phyllis Meredith
Phyllis Meredith
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
~Friedrich Nietzsche

#SelfPortrait #MyReflectiveLens Sharon Covert
Sharon Covert
This water sings a soothing song to my soul as it washes over me and heals all that ails me.

#SelfPortrait #MyReflectiveLens Lili Love
-Lili Love
if there’s a bustle in your hedgerow…

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Conrad Young
It will be music to my ears when cancer is no longer. I do this for my little friend nico.

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Stacie Ann Smith
“I should have wrote a letter
And grieve what I happen to grieve
My black shroud
I never trust my feelings
I waited for the remedy” Sufjan Stevens
Song can be found here

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Sonia Epple
“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”
― Maria Augusta von Trapp

#SelfPortrait #MyReflectiveLens Marlize Meyer
-Marlize Meyer
“Flowers are the music of the ground.
From earth’s lips spoken without sound.”
– Edwin Curran

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-Meredith Hepburn
“The trees are whispering to me, reminding me of my roots, and my reach… shhhhhh… can you hear them? Selflessly sharing their subtle song.” ~Jeb Dickerson


March: “Too Much”

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“Too Much” -Sonia Epple

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-Conrad Young

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-Vanessa Simpson

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Sometimes life, becomes too much. -Kerry Varnum

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-Nicola Berry

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-Lili Love

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-Marlize Meyer

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-Debra Ekas

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-Efi Panagoula

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-Sharon Covert

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“Sometimes life overwhelms us with joy, sometimes life overwhelms us with pain and fear. Recently I felt I couldn’t take any more and found relief in my faith.” -Stacie Smith

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-Phyllis Meredith

“Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.” ― Kahlil Gibran

February: Hunger

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What to Eat -Stacie Smith
Eat organic, shop local, grow your own, hormone free, non-GMO, gluten free. Too much food, earth, health responsibility when eating.

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-Conrad Young

Hunger for Darkness -Sharon Covert
Hunger for Darkness -Sharon Covert
It possesses me
This deep hunger for darkness
Wields me to create

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Hungry to Create -Efi Panagoula
for calm.for more white.for more art.for more peace.

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Hunger -Vanessa Simpson

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A Hunger for Freedom -Jessica Brandau
A hunger for freedom… freedom from the monotony of a small town, from being seldom “understood”, from feeling confined artistically, freedom from my body issues, and the skeletons in my past.

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Hungry -Meredith Hepburn

-Marlize Meyer
Sometimes I’m terrified of my heart;
of its constant hunger
for whatever it is it wants.
The way it stops and starts.

-Edgar Allan Poe

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Hungry for Perfection -Heather Earle
Pretty hurts, we shine the light on whatever’s worst
We try to fix something but you can’t fix what you can’t see
It’s the soul that needs the surgery
– Beyoncé

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so what did you want to do love, split his head open? -Cat Palmer
inspired by Warsan Shire’s poem For Women Who Are Difficult To Love

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Stay Hungry -Jack Ratana
sometimes closing your eyes and having a “picture” just with a little bit of light (clarity) it can take you back to your first love.

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-Kerry Varnum
I hunger for the warmth of the sun on my face….the cool breeze through my hair

Love of the Wrong Thing -Jennie Floyd
Love of The Wrong Thing -Jennie Floyd

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The Ghost of Myself -Debra Ekas

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Hunger -Lili Love

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Hunger -Nicola Berry

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-Phyllis Meredith

A New Year

Even though this site has been ignored since April (!) many of us have not forgotten our self portrait project.  I have been creating self portraits throughout the year and when asked if I know of anyone working on a group project I thought it was high time for us to start My Reflective Lens again.  Wouldn’t you agree?

I think Jennifer Capozzola summed it up in her bio (over on the about page) when she said “Self portraits are my way of accessing my own secrets, fears, joys, preoccupations. Pieces of me I wouldn’t usually share with the world but in ways that still feel safe since they are often abstractions.”

In my portraits, the challenge of recreating a situation, a euphemism, or a song is something I love.  My mind keeps going back to an idea and when that idea has been executed, I will move to the next one plaguing me.  These images are totally different from my other work.  I have been a photographer for years, documenting people’s lives, creating a work of remembrance for them.  This new body of work, my self portraits with all their oddity, is my inner remembrance.  They speak more plainly of me, in their obscure and abstract way.  They release the guilt or fear or shame that I often feel.  I had no idea a photograph could double as therapy, and it may not, but it sure does help.

Our first group post is schedule to air on February 13th.  In the mean time, the names and faces of our contributing artists can be found on our about page. There are 26 of us together on this journey.  Many are very uncomfortable in front of the camera.  Some will not post publicly, but my hope is that we all create something find some sort of release through our creations.

While you await our first post I would suggest you find and watch The Woodmans (I saw it on Netflix), a documentary of Francesca Woodman.  Her work inspired my to push forward with self portraits.  A video/slideshow of her work can be found here.

I hope you will join us, as our audience, on our journey of self discovery and self expression.