HOW A CLIENT PERCEIVES ME, A PHOTOGRAPHER OF WOMEN

PHOTO SHOOT AS A DEEP EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE: LIKE A JOURNEY INTO YOUR INNER SELF

I came to Dara and she asked me who I really am?

I realized that we turn our eyes outwards but hardly ever inwards. We are constantly bombarded with a myriad of external impulses and the notions of our environment about what we should be like. And so, we’re afraid to show what we really are like in order to avoid condemnation.

But what are we like in reality?

We’re just like an onion, wrapped in an endless number of layers. Thus, it’s increasingly hard to reach our core: our most beautiful soul.

“Your photo will be our joint task” said Dara, and she was right. Is she a guide to take me down the path to my inner self, helping me to resolve the question of who I really am? Down the path to finding myself and the beautiful part inside.

Except that the time spent on the path is surprisingly short. Such deliberations take years. However, Dara is only given a few hours to win over one’s confidence and go down the path to the inner self of the person she is photographing, to take a second to capture the most beautiful part of each of us. She does her job sincerely, putting all of herself into it. She has my admiration.

So, after a gradual process to relax my mimic muscles and get rid of all my clothes and conventions, sitting completely naked on the ground, I got to realize who I really am and what my value is. It’s not just about taking photos: it’s a deep emotional experience that will allow us to identify and capture the most valuable part we have, us in ourselves, by means of a single photograph that will show up as a great artifact next to us, constantly reminding us of who we really are and of ourselves being the most valuable thing we have in our lives.

And then we realize it’s all over. We’ll never allow anyone again to hurt us. We know there’s no point chasing pseudo-values because we now have the most valuable thing; in fact, we’ve had it since birth, except that at times, we don’t appreciate it enough.

So, I tell myself: “THE PHOTOGRAPHER DID SOMETHING MAGICAL WITH ME. SHE’S SIMPLY DIVINE!”

Thank you, Dara

Ingrid Santariusová

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