Some time ago I posted this image on my FB photography page and asked people to suggest titles for it. I received many ideas and was surprised at their range. Since that time I recently heard from someone who quoted my original post and then offered his own suggestion as to title and why. Here then is his letter "What I most like about this image is it's ability to render so many different opinions of it's subject or meaning. My personal feeling is that there is something that makes me feel as if it has something to do with the soul and I am trying to write something along that line to show with the photo. " That is a quote from your description above. To me it is a piece about identity. As people we are constantly growing and learning and forming our own unique identity. But I think for some (read here me) it is a struggle. We have our sense of right and wrong but so does everyone else. Sometimes they're in agreement. Sometimes they're at odds. We have expectations for ourselves. Our family, friends, and loved ones expect things from us. The same with society. And religion. Rules. Regulations. Code of conduct. Acceptance. Or not. Appropriate. Or not. Things that were taboo fifty years ago are accepted today as normal. So should I infer that what is taboo today will be accepted when I'm 80 years old? How can that be? This is a piece about the search for one's identity. This is something that I struggle with. Who am I? Who do I want to be? Where do I belong in this world? Why am I unhappy? What steps am I taking to achieve my goals? What are my goals? What are my expectations of myself? What are other's expectations of me? Do their expectations matter? Will I find love? Am I relevant? That's what this piece means to me. It's a beautiful piece. I would have titled it, "who am I."
Often in todays world brevity is the order of the day so to receive remarks that ruminate on so many subjects is out of the ordinary and very refreshing. They also cause me to ponder his thoughts and re-examine this photo. I am going to rename this image from what I chose originally to "Who Am I"