I don't have a lot to say about this except for WOW.
I walked into a coffee shop a few weeks ago and sat down to do some work. After a few minutes, a stranger walked up to me asked if he could sit, pulled a chair up super close, sat and proceeded to introduce himself. I laughed to myself because after 3 seconds of conversation, we were in it; face to face, no barriers, full disclosure with barely more than an invitation between us. The stranger was Chris Daniels and the invitation was to sit for a portrait, answer a few simple questions and be one of one hundred and four people that would do the same over the next year.
How could i say no? I am a Leo after all, lets not be silly. What Leo doesn't want to be photographed. Besides, Chris said some really nice things about me and how I impacted the room when i entered it. He looked right into my ego and spoke to it LOL....of course I said yes.
Anyway, the result was astounding. After i saw and read it for the first time, i was a little off kilter for about an hour. I felt like i was having an out of body experience, like i was looking at photos and reading the words of someone else. It was jarring to see myself through the eyes of someone that doesn't hold the hangups, doubts, disappointments and criticisms that I hold when I look through my own. It reminded me that so much of who we think we are is a story and we can learn to see ourselves as we really are, we will be free. When I look at the images i don't see any of the things that i don't like about myself or my body. I just see me. Its actually quite beautiful. I like seeing myself this way. I like it quite a bit.
Thank you Chris for showing me another side of myself.
Check me out, portrait #13 and all of the other amazing portraits that are a part of Chris' vision at http://chrisdanielsphoto.com/project104-portrait-13