Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Illusion

“Sometimes I need to get lost in a field of illusion
in order to finally findΒ my most
authentic self.”

~Robyn Lee

42 responses

  1. This post is very thought-provoking and has resonance. I wonder so much about that notion of the ‘authentic self’. Thank you for getting us all thinking Robyn! The photograph is a perfect match.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    • Thanks Julie.! Yes – to find our true self…that is the journey- and the challenge. So appreciate πŸ™‚

      May 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

  2. I think that I spent quite a lot time in the world of illusion / dreams…where as you wrote: I can be most authentic self. Very nice post Robyn. Love it πŸ˜‰

    May 17, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    • Thanks poojycat! Yes – dreaming and visualizing often brings clarity. So glad you enjoyed this πŸ™‚

      May 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM

  3. Wise words and just right words in my eyes – without any illusions we are lost – perfect match between your photo and your words – like the photo too… πŸ˜‰

    May 17, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    • Thank you ledrakenoir! Happy you liked the image with message. We do need our illusions I believe – they can help guide us through!! Good thoughts your way today!

      May 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM

  4. Love these circular images and yes it seems that getting lost is required to be found…xo

    May 17, 2012 at 5:56 AM

    • Thank you Meryl. So happy you enjoyed this image. Yes – lots of curves here — πŸ™‚ I agree — illusions allow us to ultimately find our way home…

      May 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM

  5. I’ve always liked shadow Robyn:))) It’s like you have your own little planet here:)))) Love this

    May 17, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    • Thanks David. LOL – I’m coming to like her more and more too as it’s my only real way to do “self-portrat” work at the current and she’s a pretty cooperative model πŸ˜‰ Yes my OWN planet…. I so need that these days. Glad you liked it!

      May 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      • waves to shadow robyn…hi!!!

        May 18, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      • shadow-robyn waves gracefully to you David πŸ™‚

        May 18, 2012 at 9:51 PM

  6. Great post, Robyn! πŸ˜‰

    May 17, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    • Thanks Malou! Appreciate and thrilled you liked!

      May 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

  7. ~R.L.King

    lol…this is a great shot and thought, have a happy day Robyn.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    • RL thank you!! So glad you enjoyed…and you too – happy day!!

      May 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM

  8. I love how your shadow is planted in the field…you’re there, but not there. Clever!

    May 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    • Thanks so much Jeannie. Totally unplanned — I was sitting up on a wooden ledge last weekend (not feeling to great) and trying to decide if I should try to go down to walk some on the beach. I looked down to find a really interesting shadow image posing for me πŸ˜‰ of course after that it was a photo shoot πŸ™‚ I never got down to the beach ~ but was a nice escape nonetheless!! So glad you enjoyed it!

      May 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM

  9. braunrcb

    That quote is very interesting and I love the photo.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    • Thanks Renee – glad you enjoyed. Illusion and fantasy is always good once in a while. Raises our vibration for when we come back down to earth πŸ™‚

      May 17, 2012 at 2:23 PM

  10. mmm…finding out who I am Not, in order to find out who I am-important lessons. Still shaking my head over the last big lesson. LOL I like the distortion in the photo, fits the quote.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    • Yes Janet
      Thanks…. that’s pretty huge — getting clear on you aren’t and then appreciating who you are. Such a journey though — and your last big lesson was handled perfectly imho! Glad you liked the special effects here – as David said, “me on my own planet”!

      May 17, 2012 at 2:29 PM

  11. okay..the image rocks…but…wow…LOVE the shadow…lolol…awesome shot, I really do have to try this! I think my subjects would love this kind of effect (well, at least some of them….lolol)…tooo kewl!

    May 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    • Stan – always the highest compliment when you like my images – thank you πŸ™‚ I have to be my own model till I can get some cooperative subjects to pose for me. This one was really unplanned but once I saw that tiny woman in the grasses, I could not resist. So glad you thought “kewl” – and do let me know if you try it…woudl love to see your work on something like this, would be awesome I’m sure. RL

      May 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      • After reading and ponder over this a couple of times today…I find it awesome that you have also raised another concept. When I photograph some of my private glamor clients, I find them saying that it was not really “them” I was photographing, but rather that “other woman” in them. Hmmm, looks like you managed to capture that “tiny woman in the grass”……oh well, this conversation may be best served with an application of Merlot and some medication…truly great (and can be deep..) post Robyn! Leave it to you to get us thinking…. πŸ™‚

        May 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      • So interesting Stan… so as a photographer we are using a type of psychotherapy or similar? LOL! Yes – suppose we do all have different sides of ourselves and the camera may bey one way to bring those that are more dormant forward. Hmmm…could be interesting Merlo conversation – yes!! I actually tend to catch these shadow shots of myself when I am feeling my worst , and rarely ever are they planned– wonder what that is about?? Ok we will set up the wine date soon to continue!! Happy to provoke deeper thinking ~ πŸ˜‰

        May 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      • I hear that an amazing woman’s shadow can be like the ocean’s wave to the beach….just saying… πŸ™‚ And I will take the wine and conversation date! lolol..stay safe, my very best to you and yours.

        May 18, 2012 at 1:01 AM

      • so there is a poet within? Beautiful verse! Thanks Stan – definitely appreciate your inisghts. Was looking at some of your “glam” photography and can imagine some of those as shadow-portraits. Maybe lend a bit of mystery and with the bodies on some of your models – pretty seductive too πŸ˜‰ Be Well!!!

        May 18, 2012 at 1:04 AM

  12. Today I have been thinking about fairies again and your shadow seems to me to be a fairy (with invisible wings of course) hiding in the grass. I have a new poem – but it is not really a collaboration as before – but just to let you know you inspired me again. Thank you Robyn – it is a brilliant photograph.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    • So wonderful to hear this Wendy. I love the concept of a fairy hiding in the grass…. So flattered that my photos can inspire this way. Do let me know when/if you write it. I don’t want to miss it!! Thank you so much for your generous compliment on the image – means a lot!! RL

      May 17, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      • Thanks Robyn – I have written it – Nettle Fairies

        May 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

  13. The wisdom to find the real me also strengthens us and gives us the best perspective on life.
    There once was a tree that was afraid to leave the forest, thinking that the sun would burn, but one day leave that tree out of the woods and the sun grew very strong and tall.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    • I so agree Carlos. Thank you so much for your sweet story too. Sleep well!

      May 17, 2012 at 11:03 PM

  14. is it all a grand illusion or is it truly real … seek and ye shall find, each one of us makes the call …
    thanks for the awesome share once again and best wishes being sent your way Robyn …:)

    May 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    • Thanks so much Jimi. Yes – I agree, so much illusion is life itself πŸ™‚ Glad you liked the post and sending those good wishes right back to you!

      May 17, 2012 at 11:07 PM

  15. beautiful illusion, Robyn… so to speak πŸ˜‰

    May 18, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    • Thank you Dean… yes it was actually πŸ™‚

      May 18, 2012 at 1:19 AM

  16. Kathy

    Great post. Love your shadow pics.

    May 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    • thanks so much Kathy! I do like the shadow images also! Something exciting about a shadow πŸ™‚

      May 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

  17. Chris

    I can’t believe I somehow managed to miss this post of yours Robyn, this quote is amazing.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    • Thanks so much Chris… I’m so happy you liked it (and found it). I’m off to NYC for a medical consult today… not looking forward (new pain mgt doc). I’ve avoided this specialty and cannot take any narcotics due to another biliary condition – so not very excited. Need to know all options though…as concerned things are not headed in a good direction here with my pain. When I get back, I’ll try to “get lost in a field of illusion” to center myself again !!:) Sending Love!!!

      May 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

  18. Chris

    You are very welcome Robyn, I don’t blame you in the slightest for not being too excited about this new pain management doctor. For me, pain management rings, ‘ you need to accept the pain and learn to live with it!!!’ that’s the protocol with my pain management team here, it’s all about learning to live with the pain you’re in and getting back into the community with working etc with the pain as oppose to finding a cure, but how can the most professional of people relate or empathise when there is no specific diagnosis as to what is taking place within your/our body, it’s really frustrating and I feel your pain. For people in situations like ours we must never give up hope and like you say, you do need to explore every option possible. As for things not heading in a good direction with pain, I’m with you Robyn, you have so much strength and it’s really inspiring, you are a strong women, that shows with your great blog and I thank you for that.

    Anyway, I think I may have rambled on a bit there, my thoughts are with you and when you get back from NYC I hope you do get lost in that field of illusion, I really do.

    Take care.x

    May 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

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