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Week 26 // Stardust

 

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This image marks the halfway point in my year-long self portrait project. This is both exciting and also a little bit nerve-wracking. When I look back… it is hard to believe that just six months ago, none of these images even existed. It’s almost impossible to believe in fact, because they are so much a part of me that I cannot imagine a time when they did not exist. Perhaps in some way, these images have existed inside me far longer than I will ever realize. It’s a curious thing to wonder about. It’s nerve-wracking because, well let’s face it, I have no idea where I am going from here. I have so completely started my entire life over since my fiancé’ died… diving head first into the unknown… its naturally scary to wonder just what will happen when the final day of this project comes.

What will I do with all of these images? Will I be able to showcase them as I truly dream to – in a solo exhibition printed large and sprawling across walls, ten feet tall? Will I be able to find a publisher to create a book of this journey, as I so dream to? What on earth will I do next year? At halfway, I’m struggle more with worrying about what lies ahead… with the next stage of building this new life. But, as I remind myself often, there’s no going back. So I might as well keep on moving and just trust whatever is going to happen will all work out okay. (We all know that’s easier said than done though!)

This week’s image is quite different from all the others I’ve done up to this point. It came about in part by accident. While processing the original image, I switched to the wrong blending mode in photoshop and created something of a double exposure look. Originally it was just a duplicate of the figure, but once I saw the effect, I instantly got a visual in my mind of using stars and nebulae. So while the original feel of this image was more of a searching into a white void… it became instead about a beautiful, mysterious interconnectedness. It became about the connection that each of us has to all those we love who have died… our mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters, cousins, friends, sisters, brothers, grandparents and far away ancestors. They all make up this grand, collective energy that I believe wants to help guide us in this life.

I personally do believe we are very much connected with the spirits of those passed and the universal energy they create and reside in. I know it in my heart, because I use that connection every single day to guide me and help me decide things in my life. I’ve followed intuition along every step of the journey since my fiancé died. To me, those gut instincts come from that greater universal collective – not really from me at all. Often times, I get very specific visuals for photos to create – that seem to arrive out of thin air. Some of the most popular of my images in fact have been such. And those I believe come from some collective energy of souls guiding me. We are all connected to that every day. Even if we aren’t aware of it, I think in the quiet moments – if we get still enough to really hear it – we all can find the guidance we need… it lies in the stardust.

 

“You are stardust, as am I… And one day I too will return to the sky.”

-Excerpt from a poem of mine, Stardust

 

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. queenofkrafts #

    This image is truly beautiful! Surreal yet true. I sincerely think your images would make a brilliant exhibition. I say go for it! x

    Sunday, October 5, 2014
  2. This is gorgeous… Would love to see more. Am sorry you’re a part of this w-club

    Sunday, October 5, 2014
    • Thank you – I am sorry you are part of it too. Keep checking back, I post new photos and stories weekly. xoxo

      Thursday, October 9, 2014
  3. You and your work Sarah… WOW!! Absolutely brilliant. Keep doing what you are doing. Follow your intuition and try to surrender to the unknown without trying to figure any of it out. From that place I know that without a doubt your wildest dreams will come true in ways that will probably totally surpass the dreams you already have and will probably take you by surprise… all because you have taken the action steps needed each step of the way and you fully trusted. xo

    Monday, October 6, 2014
  4. Hi! I love this image. Would you be willing to let me use it on a blog post of mine? If you’re ok with it, I will cite you and link back to this post.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014
    • Absolutely my friend! Share away! Thanks so much!

      Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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