I've always loved photography.
Growing up, the camera, film, processing wasn't exactly part of my parent's budget. I used my dad's camera when I could, but really I didn't accomplish much - just the realization that I loved taking pictures!
After I left home, I found reasons to get my hands on cameras and make pictures. Mostly scenic, landscape stuff - and I still love landscapes.
Recently, while reading a book entitled "Unwrapping Your Passion", I had a moment when I had to acknowledge that I've always wanted to photograph the human form. I love nudes! There! I said it! And I love amazing nude images!
I set up a makeshift studio and began experimenting with the only model I could find - myself.
To make a long story short, something occurred for me that I wasn't expecting.
For the first time in my life a deep appreciation of my own body began to come over me as I worked with poses, lighting and camera angles to capture images of myself. I really didn't realize how deeply my body image issues ran.
So, for me, photography has truly been a healing journey.
Yes, it's about the art. It's about the image. But it's so much more than that.
For me, it's about complete acceptance of who we are as human beings. Loving ourselves wholly and completely - even our beautiful, amazing, physical bodies that we are so often completely disconnected from!