Self-Portraits on the Beach

by the waters edge

I’ll confess I was tired after a long walk around town.

For once I didn’t actually even feel like taking self-portraits, but  I went down to the beach anyways.

{its not all me skipping and twirling down the sidewalk taking self-portraits all the time…i definitely struggle with taking selfies too sometimes}

There were a few people there and I wasn’t feeling brave enough to take self-portraits right away.  So I wandered  further and further down the beach.  Rocks in shoes, sun shining fiercely.  The further I went, the more free I felt and finally I felt ready to pull the camera out.

I know it always makes me feel good to pull out the camera.  So I did.

Energy returned as I twirled, raised my arms, jumped, tiptoed on logs.

I may not have gotten an epic shot, but it really wasn’t about that.  It was about this time, this place.  Remembering this beautiful solo weekend in which I created space for a new project (of the big dream sort) to be birthed onto the page.  Remembering the hours working on it and how I could look up and see the ocean ahead.  Remembering the breaks needed to replenish after the output of work and the long walks I’d take around town.

Often, its just about documenting a moment in time, with so many stories other than the obvious one that become embedded in the photo to me.

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  • Joette BreckSeptember 19, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Vivienne, glad you wondered further down the beach and was ready to take some shots. hey are all wonderful but my favorite is the one of the wind twirling your skirt on the beach. With Autumn having arrived in Minnesota and the dog days of summer long gone, seeing the beach is a treat for me and warms me up. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • L.McG.-E.September 19, 2012 - 9:53 am

    Beautiful shots so full of light and reverence. I am glad you moved further down the beach and took your opportunity – and isn’t that what life is all about.ReplyCancel

  • gotham girlSeptember 19, 2012 - 5:35 pm

    Vivienne…you SO inspire me!!!ReplyCancel

  • DianeOctober 3, 2012 - 7:17 pm

    HOnestly, I am not stalking you! But I happened here and can’t seem to leave. I love this post so much and the photos you took, and what you have to say about taking your own photos. Thank you for this.ReplyCancel