THE UNCOMFORTABLE LENS

Through all my years of being an amateur photographer, I’ve learned that I have two favourite subjects – flowers and architecture. Both have a wealth of details that many overlook but I see them through my camera and when I do, I am always amazed. And the other reason, I love them? Flowers show me my Lord’s creativity while architecture shows me mankind’s.

But looking so closely at something also reveals that there are some flaws – the cracks that appear on a historic building, the browning on the edges of a petal. To others they might see these as examples of ugliness but for me, it only tells me that there is a story to tell. The Great Pyramids of Giza are crumbling but how many still wish to see it? I, for one, if its walls could talk, would love to listen about exactly how it was built and the secrets of its builders. A flower, for all its supposed delicacy, withstands the storm, or a hot summer day, that has the rest of us rushing indoors.

No, flaws are not ugly. They’re the opening line of a far more fascinating tale – a tale of growth, maybe one of pain, but no doubt it’ll be a tale of survival and of courage.

Living alone has sometimes needed me being brave enough to look at myself through a very uncomfortable lens. Some of the things I saw made me cringe in embarrassment, others…explode in anger. Some made me cry, others laugh…and even others…I just shake my head. But while I needed to be brave to look through the lens, I also needed to be brave to make the changes I saw necessary. This part wasn’t always easy and there were times, my own strength wasn’t enough and I had to rely on my Lord. But changes were made – some slow, some quick and some are still ongoing, but I’m getting there. And I realized a few things:

- Alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely.
- my Lord is my Strength…always.
- I’m a lot more of a documentary nerd than I thought.
- I still hate paying bills but I’m getting better at juggling them.
- I still want my Mummy when I’m sick.
- I’m a nice person but be careful if you make me angry.
- I absorbed some of my Dad’s Macgyver-like qualities!
- I finally feel beautiful.

And many more. But the best realization is, for the first time, ever….

I’m damn proud of who I see in the mirror.

THE UNCOMFORTABLE LENS

lovethrugrace

Chicago, United States

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Looking at yourself through a lens, would you like what you see? And are you brave enough to make the changes needed?

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