I’ve never really liked pictures of myself, but I had a few good ones this year. Today’s #reverb10 prompt asks, “Photo – a present to yourself: Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you.”
I took this photo of myself on a cool August day just before rain rolled in. I’d had a fantastic day at work – everything was humming along nicely – and I felt really GOOD. I rarely wear my hair back but had done so on a whim that morning and liked it.
I got home and decided to see if I could capture the energy and joy I felt. The first couple takes inside didn’t go so well – the lighting wasn’t right and gave off that yellow incandescent hue. So I scooped up the MacBook (I was using the Photobooth app) and went outside, just as it was starting to rain. I balanced the laptop on my patio table and had to turn it a couple times to avoid ugly backgrounds. I was pretty happy with how it turned out.
The other one I really liked while sifting through pictures was taken right after the Helping Hands 5k, when I had finally shattered the 30 minute mark in a race. My ex took the picture with his phone – he had raced, too, and cheered me in – and I was thrilled about my 28:36 time. It had been a really cool morning that necessitated a hoodie while leaving the house, but the run had warmed me up, and the sun was really bright.