February 16, 2016

h o n e s t y [a list of photographs]


breathe, keep breathing, don't lose your nerve. breathe, keep breathing. i can't do this alone. / radiohead [LISTEN]

well, i never did finish that birthday series of which i had so many grand plans. mm. yes. sorry about that. but instead, i have returned and i am giving to you an idea that i have been developing for a while. the core of this idea is a simple question.

WHAT IF I WAS HONEST ABOUT MYSELF?

this question does not refer exclusively to words, but also to aesthetics. i wake up and participate in a world constantly attempting to hide my and its imperfections. i waste too much of my life trying to be pretty, collected, structured, easily understood. in repentance - in rebellion, i wanted to be honest with myself about who i am, and i compiled a series of raw photographs documenting my insecurities. this is who i am, to be honest.

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CONCLUSION: imperfection is okay.

therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. the old has passed away; behold, the new has come. II CORINTHIANS 5:17

i want to challenge you. anyone who might be reading this, i guess. i want you to do the same thing. i want you to take your makeup off and be honest with yourself. i want you to photograph yourself as you are, not as you want to be. i want you to be okay with yourself. this is THE HONESTY CHALLENGE

8 comments:

  1. This was beautiful Abby! Thank you, I needed to read this. :)

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    1. i'm so glad that it helped you, my dear. <3

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  2. this is so beautiful. you're so beautiful. i'm so proud of you. i don't know what to say :') but i love you dear. remember that.

    thank you for this important reminder. we all need this. i need this

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  3. Wow, I just found your blog, and it is incredible. I love the lists, the design, the message. You have such a strong, inspiring writing voice and are so artistic! And thank you for being vulnerable. I have been musing lately about how I'm always focused on how others perceive me. My mind is forever centered on myself and my insecurities/flaws/accomplishments/success. My mind harbors either narcissism or self-consciousness; either way, I'm always occupied with thoughts of ME. I love these photographs and thoughts because they are artsy and beautiful and true. Thank you for being honest, and for having a radical blog.

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    1. so sorry that i am replying this late!! thank you for your kind words. i am so happy that this post spoke to you. <3

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  4. I just stumbled across your blog and let me just say, I am in love. It's so wonderful. I love this post, too, it's such a great challenge. You are so absolutely stunning.

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    1. hello! i realize this is four months late and i deeply apologize. regardless, thank you so much for leaving this comment. it is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed this :)

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