Summary: That moment you’re happy with yourself and the one you love….
Photographer Neringa Rekasiute recently put out an a photo series entitled, “We.Women:”
The series takes a group of women of all different ages and body types and sets them in front of a mirror, giving themselves and their audience an uncompromising, 360-degree view of their subject.
Black and white. One prop. No tricks.
I have to give props to these women. They’re willing to put it all on the line, call spade to spade, and become utterly transparent for the world to see.
I don’t know if you’ve given yourself the same treatment, but it’s a bit unnerving and a bit freeing at the same time. I mean, originally I was going to take a shirtless pic of myself for the Physiques blog, and then I was, like… “nobody needs to see that.”
And that’s exactly my point! Only until we reach the point of being utterly vulnerable can we truly be utterly free. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. When we strip away the safeguards we work so hard to put up, we can finally get to the meat and potatoes of relationship and intimacy.
That said, I do not want this to come across as an anti-Photoshop PSA, either. I think image editing has its place. Ask any boudoir photographer, and you will quickly find out how transformative an experience good lighting and a quick airbrush can be. Even still, like clothing, makeup, cars, money, or any other trappings we humans choose to decorate ourselves with, these images can only amplify what is going on inside.
I love dressing up, putting on a nice suit and hitting the town; but when I am feeling like dirt, it doesn’t matter what I’m wearing, I won’t be very much fun.
So, love yourself, love others, and get out there and kick some major butt!
Blessings to you in Christ,