This image represents the luminous allure of grace. For me grace is the ability to let darkness and light co-exist as illumination. Artistically speaking, it is the ability to wear the pain and shoulder that tension in a way that makes it visually compelling.
Pain has been chronic and constant these past few weeks. I have Fibromyalgia, Crohns disease and get frequent migraines. I believe much of this is tied to my PTSD.I have my okay days, my good days and the days i struggle. So i wanted this image to captivate at a glance but then, as you look closer, i wanted the pain in my eyes, the slight grimace of my face, to slowly come into focus, because for so many chronic pain sufferers we get used to hiding and masking our pain until it becomes invisible to others.
HOW THIS IMAGE WAS CREATED: If you look closely you can see the reflection of my dinky little camera/video on the tripod, reflecting in the background and a shadow of my hand on the left. The background was composed of easter grass, a shimmery silver-threaded scarf and glass stones. I was underneath a tinted glass coffee table. I used a digital camera with a remote-controlled shutter release.