My original idea of having a photo shoot came about when a long time unfulfilled love story started to become true.
I thought I would gift my love with a nice album for his fiftieth birthday, in which I wanted to capture the essence of our relationship from the beginning and visually tell him about my past and present feelings. I wanted him to know how my unmet longings in the past had left me feeling unhappy, hurt, and powerless.
While I was inspired to create a gift for him, the upcoming photo session catalyzed a more profound realization: this was actually about me and for me.
In my search for a photographer, who could capture the essence of my story and have it portrayed on pictures, I came across Lone and immediately felt the connection and resonated with her work. I sensed that she would create something special and extraordinary. And as it turned out, my intuition has not led me astray.
With Lone I came up with some sort of a storyline, and we worked more symbolic than literal. I was not after 'pretty pictures'. I wanted to use this photographic journey to move through an old story, hoping to put it to rest.
Our two-day shoot was truly a wonderful and magical experience - a real inner journey, which allowed me to express deeply hidden aspects of myself. Being photographed stirred many old hurts and reminded me of times when I have been humiliated, overlooked, rejected and betrayed.
During the shoot, it became clear for me how profoundly these hurts affected me, making me unwittingly defensive and closed to life in many ways.
The photo session let me leave behind many years of shame, self-blame, feelings of inadequacy and insecurity, and allowed me to come out of the self-inflicted prison where I had been hiding in many years. It helped me to regain my personal power and get in touch with the wild woman inside of me.
As unpleasant as first it felt being naked in front of the camera, it was as powerful. Nudity is honesty and purity. As it lets you get in touch with your core essence and understand who you really are, you become empowered.
Lone created a most beautiful Photo Album for me as my testament to my life journey so far. I look at the photos often. Searching for truth. Knowing more and more about my self, the inner and the outer, the dream and the reality, and developing a whole new relationship to myself. Since this experience, I've ended the relationship and decided to make a big life transition and move back to my home country. I'm ready for a new beginning, and a more liberated life.
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