Thursday, July 23, 2009

Friday Shoot-Out: Reflections

I have been horrid with the Kodak moments lately. This week, and last, were filled with errands and volunteer work--lots to do, kept me off the streets, but didn't leave me enough time to take photos.

I took a picture of myself in the mirror, and it didn't come out too well. Hated it. Was going to upload it, but decided against it.

So, I did what any good Bookkitten would do: I combed through the archives of my photo album and decided to think abstractly. In the process I found what I feel is one of the best photos I've ever taken:

New York is not my hometown. However, I live close enough to the Big Apple that I'm able to visit a few times a year. Last year I went into the city for a Bastille Day celebration. Afterwards I took a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge and took some shots. I used my zoom lens for this one, and cropped it when I got home.

This photo was taken at a time in my life when I was recovering from my last major episode of depression. Every time I look at this photo I think of several things, among them, how far my life had come since I began to rebuild my life. I know it sounds dramatic, but I was at a really, really low point.

For me, Lady Liberty is a reflection of every emotion I was experiencing at that time. Fear, but hope. Sorrow, but happiness. Insecure, yet confident.

Maybe I'm stretching things a bit for this assignment, but what can I say? I absolutely love this picture.

Until next week, Shoot-Out gang...


septembermom said...

I love that picture too! Lady Liberty is a great subject for a photo and a post. Happy Friday!

Jodi said...

It's a very good shot!!! I totally understand what you mean too. I'm glad you are better now!

Happy Friday!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love photos!

And kittens!

Found you through J. Kaye's site today - you were one of her Friday Finds!

L. Diane Wolfe

Angie said...

Thanks for the picture - it's a great shot.

Anonymous said...

Wow. What a post. I'm sorry for your depression you had lived through, but glad that you have come so far.

Mel said...

What would be awesome is if you this WAS the picture you took of yourself in the mirror!

Hellooooo Lady Liberty-Bookkitten!