What do you write?

I struggle to put words with my pictures. Sometimes I feel as though an image needs no explanation or is richer when left open to interpretation. And other times, I feel as though the picture is more meaningful when I share the back-story or my feelings about the image. And often times, I am at a complete loss for words to explain how I feel. I rely on quotes and links to other people’s writing because it seems they have said it best, or at least better than I ever could. I devalue my own writing and often describe myself as a photographer who writes, as though I do not want to group myself with the “real writers.” In truth, I am a real writer who tells her stories, from a place of deep insecurity, dressed-up to look very pulled together.

Day 52

Day 52

. . . pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.  –Mary Oliver, Thirst