From front to back this photograph shows:
1. The necklace given to me by my daughter. With rare exception, I am never without it. She is my heart, and this necklace is my talisman.
2. The bump in my left breast bone caused by my enlarged heart from my congenital heart defect. A fact of life I live with every day.
3. The lump of my pacemaker resting on my left breast bone and which quietly allows me to live a life wherein I am not in danger passing out every time I pick up my walking pace.
This week’s photo challenge called for something a bit different. I’ve been sitting on these after-the-shower photos for a few weeks now.
I eat, work, sleep, and dream in these earrings. With rare exception, I have them in my ears at all times. I feel naked without them.
The same goes for this necklace; a gift from my daughter. You can also see the shadow from my pacemaker and the insertion scar. My less-than-perfect heart – also me.
I’ve been wanting to shoot my heart-related scars for a while but knew that it would take effective lighting to pull it off. Our next assignment for class is to shoot and print two photos (black and white) using a hot shoe flash both on and off camera. You are getting a sneak peek at what I ‘m pretty sure I’m going to use.
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