Self expression. What’s it mean to you? A new haircut? A new outfit? Voicing your opinion in a public forum? Whatever it means to you, know it and own it. Don’t be afraid to speak out, to speak your opinions, your feelings, or to just be who you are.
I have spent most of my life hiding behind this wall of “fear”. Fear of what others will say or think about what I have to say, what I do, how I live my life or more to the point, what others might think about my artistic expressions. Oh, if only I knew then what I know now.
What I’ve realized is that I have something very special to offer, to share, to express. When I create an image, it’s not just a physical representation of what I saw thru the lens. It’s much, much more. I can’t even begin to describe it for you, because you wouldn’t understand. It’s me. It’s who I am, in every image.
Do I still feel the fear? I won’t lie. Yes, I do. Does it stop me like it did before? NO, it doesn’t and it won’t ever again. Because, as an artist and a person, hiding does not serve me nor does it serve others.
So, I say to you all, take a good look at yourself. Are you hiding?