Express Yourself

Photography

This is my entry for this month’s photo blogging challenge. The theme this month is ‘Express Yourself’.

I had a good start to the new year as I attended a book launch event for an anthology of short stories which includes one of mine.

However now, my low mood from Christmas has returned,  perhaps its because of the bad weather and lack of sunlight.  I’ve got some deadlines approaching which are adding to my anxiety levels.  I think this has effected the way I’ve approached the theme for January.

Anyway, all that aside here are my five:

 Open Grave

3106grunge-sepia-1-largeThis image expresses how I feel when I wake up each morning. I usually have a massive headache and it takes me a few hours to work out who I am and what’s going on in my life.

 I’ve died decades ago and now I remain here without any connection to the world.

Urban Love  

I shot this image whilst I was urban exploring on a dereliction site, I liked the graffiti placed against the urban horizon.

Urban-Love

The yellow flowers are contrasting with the barbed wire on the top of the wall.  I think whoever sprayed the word ‘love’ here composed the graffiti with this view in mind.  Urban love can feel exciting, full of hope and promises.  However, in reality it often doesn’t go very far as there’s too much hustle from the rush of inner city life.

Music Therapy

I used to play the piano when I was younger. I did so for some time, but as I grew older my music taste changed considerably and I didn’t want to play classical music anymore. I wanted to play rock music on an electric guitar, then I decided I wanted to mix house music and records instead. So in the end my piano got sold and lessons stopped.  I kind of regret that now because I miss playing the piano.

My friend recently inherited a piano and he let me have a go on it.  I sounded very out of practice and my lack of confidence can be heard, but I know that if I keep on practicing I’d be able to get to the level were I left off many years ago.  If I could do this it would help me to relax and ease my stress and anxiety levels.

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I wish I could find the music I used to play when I was doing my Grades because there are the pieces that form my cognitive mind.  I used to know how to instantly play them,  but it’s been 20 years since then and now, I can’t remember.

 I took this photograph when I was urban exploring. In a heap of rubbish tipped in the entrance of a dereliction site, I saw my reflection in a piece of shattered mirror on top of the pile. I took a shot of my reflection in the shattered glass. I chose this image because I like the abstractiveness. I like it when something creative comes from rubbish.

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My next image I took at my book launch event. It’s a picture of my published book which is a collection of short stories all by women writers. All proceeds goes to NIDAS a domestic abuse charity in the UK.  For more info please visit Global Wordsmiths website.

I write to discover my voice.

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To see all the other entries in this months photo themed challenge please visit our host PJ at A’Lil Hoo Haa.

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6 thoughts on “Express Yourself

  1. I’d like to copy and past Tamara’s comment here. You really went above and beyond this month, creating images using techniques and processes that I can only begin to guess at!

    I am so sorry to learn that you wake up with terrible headaches almost every day. Just in case you don’t know about this as a possible cause, I wanted to mention that you should ask your dentist about this the next time you go in. I used to wake up with a really bad headache many days each week and it turned out to be from clenching my jaws at night. My dentist fitted me for a mouth guard that I wear every night. It’s terribly unattractive, so I wait to put it in once the lights are out, but no more headaches!

    Wishing you a better February. And hoping you raise lots of funds for NIDAS.

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    1. Thankyou for your comment Geoks. My dentist made me a gum shield too as I was biting my inside my mouth during my sleep probably grinding my teeth due to anxiety. I kept on waking up with massive blood blisters along side my jaw line inside my mouth. I’ve never worn it though, you are right it doesn’t look good and I don’t bite every night. I think I might save my mouth guard in case I get into a boxing match. 😀

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