Seeing and Being Seen

A woman stopped me in the store a few weeks ago. Something about my eyes. Something about the way I looked. Had I considered modeling?

"Oh no. I prefer to be behind the camera rather than in front of it," I told her.

I was sure she was selling something. And she was. But I didn't mind. I took her card and listened for a few minutes and then thanked her, but no thanked her.

I don't know what it is about having my picture taken. I'm not opposed to it. I'd just rather be the one taking the picture. That's more fun, I think.

So, I'm playing with this. I'm trying to get in the habit of taking some self-portraits.

At first, I wondered, is this a selfish thing to do? Is this completely self-absorbed and ridiculous? But the more self-portraits I take, the more I realize it is not. Not in the least. Wanting to be seen is human. Wanting to understand yourself - even through a photograph - is also quite human. I think.

What do you think?

(Speaking of being seen, I'm currently semi-obsessed with this video. It is gorgeous and beautiful and kind of makes me miss my long hair.)