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“Lost” ~ © Christine Erin Photography 2015

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“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.”

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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.  ❤

Namaste,

Christine

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“Escape”…

“Escape” ~ © Christine Erin Photography 2015

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“She finally had to go….and leave behind the place and the people who had hurt her. But then….then she realized….the hardest pain to escape was that which she created in her own mind. The journey had begun.”

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It’s been so long since I have posted on my blog.  I hope some of my followers are still here and may still remember me.  I am going to try to do this more, and share with you what I have been up to for so long.

So here’s the basic scoop:  I needed to Escape.

This past winter was a long, hard one for me, and I needed something to pull me through.  Something to help me pick up the pieces of my broken self.  I won’t get into how ~or why~ I was broken; we have all been there at one point or another.   It was something that I allowed to happen and something that I had to fix on my own.  My family is, was, and always has been there for me; but when I got into this place I needed to get myself out….on my own…in my own way.  So I turned to my photography.  I started to explore things. Dream things.  Challenge myself.  Eventually…..finally….. I took to the one thing that has always made me the most uncomfortable, and made myself do it:  Self-portraiture.

I delved into this world and took pictures of myself.  I had the messages (see the message below the picture – above) and photo titles in my mind before I took the shots.  I exposed my soul, I exposed my thoughts, I exposed my weaknesses…. I exposed what I was capable of both on camera and in the editing area. Then I began to realize, I was starting to heal.

“Escape” wasn’t the first fine art project that I did.  In fact it was about the 7th or 8th.  However, it’s the one that speaks to me the most about why I started to do it.  So, in starting to share my fine art photography with all my fellow blogger friends, I felt it was appropriate to share this image and quote first.  I look forward to backtracking and sharing them all with you as the weeks pass…and sharing my new creations with you as I make them.

“Escape”, as well as my other fine art prints, are available for purchase through galleries nationwide.  This print available as a 20×30 acrylic print at Romantique Boutique Vintage Marketplace in Erie, PA.  Please email Christine at:  christine@christineerin.com for gallery information and number.

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