Sunday, January 20, 2013

Face your fear

Monsters under the bed. Bogeymen in the closet. Nightmares. My most frightening memories.
Real or imagined, day or night, fear comes calling.
I started making self portraits as art therapy, specifically as a tool to manage anxiety. Rather than let anxiety paralyze me with fear of the unknown (or the all-too-well-known) I made pictures of it. If a particular "monster" was too scary to talk about, I could always make a picture that said all the things that left me so tongue-tied.
Bad things happen. Bad things have happened. Life can get awfully, awfully scary.
When the monsters start creeping up and I've nowhere to run, it helps to point the camera at them and make them say "cheese."

Worst nightmare 1-20-13