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Riff on This: Spacious

Meghan Davidson presented our little sisterhood with this image as our jumping-off point for this month's riff.  I've been one of the biggest fans of her 365 Impossible Self-Portraits project for the past almost-year, but ohmygod this month's riff made me realize exactly how impossible that project must actually be on a day to day basis.  In addition to having to come up with a different self-portrait idea EVERY SINGLE DAY, she has to contend with the challenges of instant film, one take, very little control over her exposure, no post-processing.  Every.  Single.  Day.

It is inspiring and intimidating and a little bit (a lot?) magic.  When she posted the shot above for us to riff on, I couldn't even get my head around exactly what I was looking at.  I still haven't the foggiest notion of how she did it.  And though I was nervous about taking on any one element (self-portrait, silhouette, double exposure) I finally found myself circling around the idea of what my internal landscape looks like these days.

Here's a hint: it doesn't look like the image below.

But I'd like for it to.

I find myself in a crowded moment, where the to-do lists and the obligations and the to-and-fro join with the multiplying stacks of paper to make me feel... constrained.  I have found myself whispering one word to myself like a little prayer in the past week.




I try to believe that there is enough room in my head, and my heart, and the vast universe for all that my life currently contains.  

I can visualize this on a warm winter day, with the kick and glide of my nordic skis, my breath, hard and rhythmic, and the blistering white of the snow laid out over a Rocky Mountain valley before me.  It erases boundaries and covers the tangled earth in a peaceful and soothing blanket.  That's how I want my interior landscape to look - calm, undulating, expansive.  Spacious.


To hop on around to see if my other creative muses are less tortured than me swing on by Meghan's blog next.

Reader Comments (5)

ooooh. this is amazing. wishing you lots of spaciousness.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertara romasanta

This is a stunning visual metaphor - creative and imaginative.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

O. M. G. Adore this photo. Brava, sister!!!

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan @ Life Refocused

And thank you for your generous and super kind words about my project. And for totally getting it. Love you.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan @ Life Refocused

I love this SO much (and you!). I long for images to help me visualize the vastness that is the truth of me. The truth that's made of nothing but love. This one's got so much of both. It's going on my alter right now.

May 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJewel

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