“Silk is a fine, delicate, soft, illuminating, beautiful substance. But you can never rip it! If a man takes this tender silk and attempts to tear it, and cannot tear it, is he in his right mind to say “This silk is fake! I thought it was soft, I thought it was delicate, but look, I cannot even tear it” ? Surely, this man is not in his right mind! The silk is not fake! This silk is 100% real. It’s the man who is stupid!”
― C. JoyBell C.
a re-edit of an old photo of mine titled ‘with love and strength.’ read more about this photo at: https://www.facebook.com/ThomasOscarMilesPhotography/photos/a.255589661277746/671673606336014
These topics are all ones that I have began to see benefitting not only my portfolio of work, but my way of looking at life…
Thematics that involve delicacy, fragility and vulnerabilities are ones that have naturally woven themselves into my work, but only recently have I come to understand why that natural occurrence has taken place. This is something I wish to break down for you reading this today, and for myself as I continue this journey.
So, why does this matter? It may be something that you have never considered to have importance in your life, or could be something you never considered at all. Perhaps you own your vulnerabilities, all options are ok as well as any in-between. To me, they matter. For when we find our own inner softer self, we can truly unlock all rhelms of who we are.
the original version of ‘with love and strength’ created and shared in December 2016, to reflect on the year.
Personally, I have come to find that I live a delicate life; one shrouded in the softer ways of thinking and do-ing, its something that at times I have been uncomfortable with, confronting a self of me I didn’t realise had value.
It is only this year that I have truly felt acceptance of this self of me, so much so that I am now ready to find strength. My delicate and fragile self is truly free, to the point that I am comfortable with that version of me, ready to begin getting to know my stronger self.
In terms of my photography, delicate and fragile thematics have began to make them selves more prominently known. They have always existed in the shadows, being something I have always been naturally drawn to, without knowing of their name.
I have come to understand that a part of my voice is my ability to embrace the delicate ways of life; the emotions we feel that may seem complex and inter-woven within in.
I believe that strength comes when we attain an understanding of our inner softer side. We must realise that in order to be strong, we must first be delicate, fragile and soft. We should learn why these have value in our lives, and seek to embrace both sides of life.
Because I have come to learn about this, I feel stronger then ever; less fearful of confrontation- standing up for myself. I feel more ready to live the life I want to live, and I feel more ready to share the art that I need to share with you all.
How does softness play in your life? Do you see it as valuable?