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Thu Jul 24, 2014, 09:19 PM

"Powerful portraits of brave people revealing their insecurities" (PIC HEAVY)

Link: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/5LXRZ5/1jt39fTXx:fmDpnzRf/indulgd.com/what-i-be-project-by-steve-rosenfield/

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The What I Be Project by photographer Steve Rosenfield is an intriguing study into the human condition. The participants in Steveís projects bare their souls writing their biggest insecurities on their bodies with markers and then letting Steve photograph them. Their messages tell of fears, self-doubts, and labels for society that stop most of us from living happier lives, but it also shows us the amazing bravery of the participants to share their innermost fears with the world. How many of us have the bravery to admit we were molested, feel ugly, think we are too thin or too fat, and to do it in such a daring public way?

The images help us open up to our own inner fears and realize most of the time the worst part of the fear is our own self-loathing, not the real reactions of society.


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Reply "Powerful portraits of brave people revealing their insecurities" (PIC HEAVY) (Original post)
Jamaal510 Jul 2014 OP
cyberswede Jul 2014 #1
seabeyond Jul 2014 #2
sheshe2 Jul 2014 #3
nolabear Jul 2014 #4
defacto7 Jul 2014 #6
nolabear Jul 2014 #8
defacto7 Jul 2014 #10
Geoff R. Casavant Jul 2014 #15
nolabear Jul 2014 #18
FreedRadical Jul 2014 #5
Uncle Joe Jul 2014 #7
lovemydog Jul 2014 #9
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BlancheSplanchnik Jul 2014 #11
hibbing Jul 2014 #12
DeSwiss Jul 2014 #13
BlueJazz Jul 2014 #14
IronLionZion Jul 2014 #16
Heidi Jul 2014 #17
Tuesday Afternoon Jul 2014 #19
smirkymonkey Jul 2014 #20

Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 09:37 PM

1. I like how they're looking so directly at the camera

Very interesting photos...thanks for posting!

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 09:43 PM

2. Powerful. Wanted to just wrap up in hugs... Nt

 

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 09:59 PM

3. These images...

They knock the breath out of me.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 10:53 PM

4. That is absolutely stunning.

If everyone in the world did that we might be forced to see one another as people.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:30 PM

6. I think your answer is right on.

When I think about it, it takes two choices to make it work: It takes being willing to do it and being willing to read it. I think the biggest thing would be to get people to look at it seriously. It may be easier for people to display than to read.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:33 PM

8. Interesting thought. Why do you think that?

I might agree. I'm thinking about it.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:45 PM

10. It just came to me.

I'm still thinking about it myself. I think we can and do display a lot of things about ourselves and this could be one of those ways. But many maybe even most people don't want to look at things that are not within their little world, it disturbs their view of everything. Maybe it would be good to rock their boat but don't many of us do that already? and they just ignore?

That's why I think it takes both the display and willingness to read what it means. Empathy is not that easy for many and in a world of such fear, empathy becomes harder to apply all the time, it get hidden when people try to protect themselves too much. Maybe if people lose the fear they will see better.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 12:55 AM

15. Your post reminds me of this video:

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Response to Geoff R. Casavant (Reply #15)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 11:27 AM

18. Well that made me tear right up. Thanks for posting it.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:28 PM

5. K&R

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:33 PM

7. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, Jamaal.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:36 PM

9. Wow. K & R

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:50 PM

11. .

triggered.




members of the club




OK, there, there, little voice that says "victim"....I will help you move forward. You can do it!

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:52 PM

12. Very interesting

Thanks for posting this, I realize it is people's insecurities, but I find the mix interesting. Some were caused by direct violations by others, and others were caused by societal norms if you will. If any of that makes sense, I'm having a hard time wording it.

Peace

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:53 PM

13. Now let it go......

 

[center][font size=5]The Water Bearer[/font]

Temple Illuminatus January 16, 2013



[font size=2]A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the House, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of itís own imperfection. And miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. ďI am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you donít get full value from your efforts,Ē the pot said.

The bearer said to the pot, ďDid you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other potís side? Thatís because I have always known about your flaw. So I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, youíve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.

Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaws. Weíre all cracked pots. But itís the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. Youíve just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them.

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life.[/center]

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 12:11 AM

14. The first picture causes me to cry. Molested at 5...geez. Probably no support (mentally)..

 

...for this woman. And she winds up in prison because she's "damaged"....through no fault of her own. the years of being a tortured soul. I feel absolutely horrible. I'm going to bed.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 09:47 AM

16. I want to hug all of them

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 10:09 AM

17. Kick, kick, kick!

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 11:34 AM

19. Brave Soldiers ... powerful ... and empowering to do and to see. Thanks. K&R

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 08:22 PM

20. Wow. Powerful. K&R

Thank you!

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