I’ve been told I’m photogenic but I always plaster on a smile just in case. If you look at me, I will smile. If I don’t feel like smiling, often I won’t go out. It’s not so much that the smile is a lie but that it is what I draw up from myself to show you. ‘Cause somewhere along the line I learned it was the most acceptable expression for all types of company.
There comes a time in a woman’s life when she realises she’s suck in an archetype. Playing a character or role that has outstayed its welcome. Because now it’s part of her identity, what she identifies with at the exclusion of all other expressions.
Our most beloved roles are the ones we are good at.
For me it’s been the role of ‘Problem Solver’: the one who knows the answer or is sure she can find it.
The face of this role is ‘The one who has it all together’.
The archetype is that of The Hero.
In spring I started taking selfies – self portraits – iphone snaps! These weren’t the kind you take to share. They were just for me, to acknowledge my everyday faces.
Not my professional persona.
Not my social persona.
Each one was taken as an act of taking a moment with myself. Letting my eyes speak clearly without censorship. In this way documented the shifts in my energy or activities from week to week and month to month.
As a process, it helped me to begin to release the pressure to show up a specific way, and allow myself to be honest with myself, and more authentic in my relationships. When I realised these are expressions people don’t get to see very often, and that I might just inspire people to do the same, I decided to bring the photos all together in a video called “86 (everyday) Faces”.