Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled
to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking into the white fire of a great mystery. I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing that the light is everything—that it is more than the sum of each flawed blossom rising and falling. And I do.
― Mary Oliver, House of Light
This is my 2020 reminder, to you or even to myself, that we still have the power to step into the magic of our own light. We still have the ability to leave an imprint of love, compassion, and hope on the world around us even when the conversations are tense, when the days are lonely, and when we are all wishing for a better way. It's more important than ever to rise up. We can be the light.
These portraits came out of a spark of an idea, a glimmer, a wonder. What would happen if I hung a roll of transparent mylar and lit it from behind? What feeling could I evoke? What could I bring to light that was otherwise right under the surface?
It took 2 lights, an incredible friend, and safe place to explore. I submitted both of these to The Portraits Master's awards and accreditation program this past September where they were judged by world classes photographers and artists. They both received a bronze merit. I plan to earn my Associates level accreditation in the first quarter of 2021. That is an exciting goal for any year but an especially personally inspiring way to end 2020.
To me, they feel exactly like I am experiencing the white fire of a great mystery. So even in this difficult world of today, I hope that you find moments to be dazzled.
I hope you reminder to pause and maybe even float a little. I hope you relax into the deeper knowing that the light is everything. More than anything, I encourage you to step into the magic of your own light. The world is waiting for you.
Love and light, Michelle Massey Barnes with the help of Mary Oliver
WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLORE YOUR LIGHT?
If you have a concept or a feeling that you would like to capture in a beautiful way? I would love to hear about it. Tell me more, and let's talk about how we can bring who you are to life.