Exhibited at Photo Moncton International 2017-2018
"Grace in Pink"
While photographing flamingos I became mesmerized by their unique beauty. Although they are most noticed for their striking colours, it was their grace that captivated me. If you look at them piece by piece with their knobby knees, long necks, flat feet, and large torso, you might think they are unusual. While observing these majestic birds I reflected on conversations I had with female friends over the years on the topic of body image. It's easy for us to pick apart our bodies piece by piece. We may wish we were a little longer here, or thinner in the middle. By dissecting ourselves this way it is indeed a disjointed and inaccurate picture of who we are. We are more than our bodies, and I believe we are beautiful just as we are. We aren't meant to all look the same, and we are not meant to be looked at in dissected distortions. We should be appreciated for the wholeness of who we are in mind, body and spirit. We look at a flamingo and see only her perfection of form. We accept her as she is. Isn't it time as women we accept ourselves for the way we are?
Flamingos represent many things symbolically. They represent balance, creativity, and being true to yourself. The flamingo is also mythically connected with the phoenix representing the magical cycle of rebirth, and rising from the ashes or rising above hardships. When one door closes, a new door opens. In this way flamingos are not only beautiful but they truly embody the grace and wisdom of humanity and our ability to find beauty in pain.
The colour pink represents the heart, compassion, and connection. She further teaches us to have compassion with ourselves and patience for our process as we heal. If you feel drawn to the flamingo you might enjoy keeping the following affirmations near by as a gentle reminder to your beauty.
"I create from the depths of my soul"
"I seek out like-minded friends and engage in a group activity that is fulfilling to me"
This is what Grace in Pink is all about. All of the women involved in this event are role models of strength, independence, depth of character, grace and the beauty that is a "woman".