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  • Working on a creative project, let alone completing one!, comes with a long set of challenges at this stage of my life. Case in point: as I attempt to write this, my 4-year old is hammering me with endless questions, while my teetering, tottering 8-month old has me ever-vigilant as he negotiates moving on unforgiving concrete. Motherhood is all-consuming, all-giving. Blessed, yes. But it leaves little room for anything that is MINE. Creative.

    But I'm not completely defeated! What little time I can eke out for myself, I usually spend taking photographs. It's become a passion. And I've become particularly enamoured with the art of self-portraiture.

    There are a couple of reasons for this. First, since I'm always the one photographing my kids, there are very few photos of me that my children will be able to look back on. And secondly, photographing myself the way I want, using my imagination and creativity, allows me to capture elements of myself, my personality, my spirit, that are not necessarily on display in my daily life. Taken further, I can even create 'versions' of myself who can fly, who are capable of magical feats.

    This here is my very first self-portrait. I know I have a long way to go and I'm still learning a lot, but I am very proud of this image. I came up with the idea. I manipulated my camera and tripod on top of a table (precariously!) to get the right angle. I Photoshopped extra flowers and played around with the colour and tone. And I feel I captured the peace and relaxation I feel when I am in nature.

    And despite all the busy-ness of my life, I completed it. Hooray!
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