“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. ❤