Laps later, when her body has acclimatised, when her nerves have gone numb, she invites me to play. I'd been filming another of my minutes by the sea "poolside peace" a minute of tranquility, possibly the most peaceful moving postcards of all. Now it was time for some fun, so she turned the camera on me.
What courage does it take to come out from behind the machine ... to be seen? For some it takes none, it's a natural thing. For others, like me it seems harder. I never grew up with a mobile phone and getting my first camera was a big deal. Now without a studio, I am loving being out and about, but the "should monkey" still sits on my back, telling me I should get back, I should be inside hard at work, like the rest of the world. I should be making serious art. I shouldn't be having such fun.
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” - Brene Brown
I am taking courage each day in a private project (for now) called "A selfie a day", which is getting me used to being seen on the other side of the screen. I am doing what I always do, but I am showing the world more of me too. It sure feels strange and I could quite easily sneak back into my shell, turn the camera the other way, but the sun is shining and I have much to be grateful for.
Through this blog, I've shown you much of my inner world, my thoughts and the art that I make. I hope as life and time permits, with the finishing of my life as a school mum, the leaving of my studio, that you and this blog will come with me as I begin sharing my outer world too.
Here is the result of our fun.
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