Ok, its time to show my face. What’s interesting is that I recently cut my hair off. I regret it very much, because I used to hide behind my hair…I had long bangs that covered my face, especially my eyes.
Very impulsively, I cut it all off, very short. At first, it felt liberating. But then reality set in. It doesn’t actually suit me short.
So I decided to make a statement of it, and dyed it black, which I actually thought looked cool, but…my teenage daughter has almost black hair. And a friend said that I was trying to relive my teens, and look like her. How embarassing. I did NOT want people to think that. It was not my intention, I just wanted a change.
So then I went to the opposite extreme, and dyed it blonde. At first I liked that too. Very different. Very easy to ‘do’. And then my son said I look like my mother. And I do.
So I reached for the hair dye yet again, but my daughter stopped me. She said she loves the blonde. I paused…and I posed some more.
This is my expression of regret. Looking at these photos, I’ve decided to go back to my usual red hair.
This selfie is great though, because I noticed the scar on my elbow, from my surgeries, just about a year ago. The theme I’ve been turning around in my head for this course is to photograph invisible illness. Scars hadn’t occured to me, which may sound a little silly. But they are visible signs of the battles going on in my body all the time, due to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Thought for the day: Selfies bring things into focus that a simple mirror does not.