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Self Portrait

Updated: May 25, 2019

I’m doing a photo challenge and the first assignment is to take a photo of yourself. This was surprisingly hard to do, for me. I wanted to find the right angles and lighting that would give me the reflection of how I see myself. I didn’t want to accept any photo that distorts my own vision.




In these self portraits I do not wear any makeup and my hair is braided down. I wanted my reflection to be raw with no enhancements. I’m in love with the green birthmark over my left eye.



Some photos are dark and some are light, encompassing both the yin and yang of my existence. Overall, this challenge helped me bring forth who I saw myself to be, that day.


I wonder how others see me. Then again, everyone must wonder the same. I believe the only control we have over how we’re seen is how well we treat ourselves. It’s a mirror effect. When we do what we need to be happy, it shows.



Over the years, I’ve experienced major hardships, loving relationships, and a few different lifestyles. Sometimes, I like to take a moment to review the changes in my growth through photos. I see the subtle changes, knowing what stages triggered what adjustment. To myself, I just smile and laugh.

Self exploration is the key to personal growth, and I’d like to grow as much as possible. How we see ourselves is how the world sees us in return.

“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.” Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty

©2019 Anya Ivy

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