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“Lost” ~ © Christine Erin Photography 2015
“For her, being lost was not in reference to geography, but about identity. To find out who she was meant to be and become, and to release the ties of what others thought she ought to be. To be lost is to be fully present and capable of being, amidst all uncertainty and mystery.”
This was the second fine art piece I completed using self-portraiture. We were shooting in an abandoned building, the old Watson Paper Factory in Erie, PA USA. Now overrun with homeless people, rotting paper and wood, and decaying and falling in ceilings and walls….it seemed an ideal location to shoot “Lost”.
I shot this with the help of a fellow friend and photographer. I dressed myself in a flowing ball gown for the contrast of the two ideals (decaying setting/building with formal dresswear). So many times in our lives, we try to be who others want and need us to be….and we forget (or ignore) the ideals and dreams we had for ourselves in the process. To follow your dreams takes courage, to ignore them may seem easy. Being who others expect us to be is certainly a road to less criticism from others…after all, we are making their lives easier . We are conforming. Upon doing so, that part of us…that innermost core of who we are supposed to be, gets lost. What a boring world this would be if we were all the same. We were all created uniquely. We all have a purpose in our life. We need to listen to our calling and explore it, follow it, nurture it, and see what path (or many paths) it will lead us down. We need to find out who we are. That’s why we are here on this earth.
It will be a mystery, and there will be much uncertainty. However, if you listen to the inner voice that is calling to you quietly, you will begin to discover yourself. I send out love to all of you who are on this path. It isn’t always the easiest one to take, but it is without a doubt the most fulfilling and leads to inner peace and happiness like you can’t imagine. ❤
How could I write a post about Historic Hendersonville without including some of the following images??? Chosen in black & white, as so to reflect the timelessness of the town. Come and take a walk down main street with me……
One of my favorite parts of downtown “Historic Hendersonville” is Main Street. It was established in the 1840’s, and still remains quaint and timeless in its beauty. While many (if not most) of the buildings on the main 7 block stretch are original….they are all transformed into a cultural and diverse display of modern tastes. One does not need to walk far to find fantastic food, chocolates, art, clothing, and trinkets of any kind. And I can’t write about downtown Hendersonville without mentioning the bears. No…not real bears, but the bear statues that are painted by local artists each year, and then auctioned off for local charities. You can read more about that here, if you like. http://www.hendersonvillebears.com/about/
I walked down Main Street a few days ago, camera in hand, to take pictures of a few of my favorite spots. I ended up coming home with over 150 pictures. Just of 6 blocks. As I poured over them, I couldn’ t decide which to share. There is a place in my heart for every store that I love on Main street. Every historic thing. The kind store owners who always have time to talk, to help… to share their knowledge or their recipes or their directions to the best hidden spots to visit in these mountains. So rather than post over 150 images of the entire street, I decided to do a 2 part series, and narrow it down to my favorite three places in part 1. The places I always visit when I walk these streets, because something always draws me back time and time again.
Now….I am sure I would get arguments from many on what THEIR favorite haunts are in Hendersonville. And they would all have their points, as these places all have special enticements to each unique individual. However, these are my PERSONAL favorites…and I am glad to have the opportunity to share them with any of you who are reading. I hope you all have the chance to visit someday……there really is no place like Main Street.
My Favorite Art Gallery
My Favorite Restaurant
- Ahhhh…..the Never Blue. While there are many fantastic restaurants in town, this one is a “MUST VISIT” for me, every time.
Kids Top Pick: The Toy Store!