My post on Instagram was removed today. It was a very personal self portrait and I shared a very personal bit of myself with the public. It was a nude silhouette and it was taken down. Why? Because my suggested nudity offends you? The idea of accepting the female form is offensive? Because our nipples need to be hidden away while men are free to go topless?
Here was the image & my post:
When I'm feeling down, I like to take self portraits. Especially in this perfect rainy weather.
None of my images turned out well, so I'll post this image from when I was backpacking SEA! I spent a weekend in a new high rise hotel right by the old city in Chiang Mai. Reflecting on that time and my accomplishments always makes me feel less shitty. I forgot about these images and finally edited these last month.
As much as I love them, I didn't feel they were good enough to share. More often than not, I don't feel good enough or even enough. Thinking on this I knew I had to share. Empowerment is everything to me, I advocate this idea to all my clients and pretty much everyone, but I am also a work in progress. This is the funny thing, this is what empowerment is to me; Being able to see my faults, knowing that I can challenge my own views and push myself past my own blocks. So I share with you a very personal self portrait that represents my own Hero's Journey.
It's not stranger that I've dealt with depression and sometimes for no reason at all, I just feel like shit. This post was important to me because it symbolized so much. You can read about my last post about my personal Hero's Journey here. A year ago, it would probably make me feel shitty and even slightly embarrassed because it would seem I did something wrong. The truth is that I did nothing wrong. I accepted my body and was brave enough to share it publicly. SO FUCK YOU for trying to make me feel like anything less. Fuck you for trying to make me feel ashamed.
I will be reposting a Instagram-friendly version here now, you can see by following my on Instagram - @dalisonphoto