Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression


“Quite often, the direction we face reveals not only
the sight before us, but something richer and deeper still.”

~ Robyn Lee

I shot the above self-portrait from the deck, during my boat ride home Sunday.
Please note that my eyes are facing the direction opposite the sea…’twas not a mirror,
but rather a window with a view inside the vessel.
And thus, the image inspired my quote today.

~ RL

click here to view another photo from this series that will reveal more

32 responses

  1. This is very powerful!

    May 21, 2012 at 2:00 AM

  2. Actually, the more I look at it – the photograph and the words, the more incredible it is – bravo!
    Gotta go pick up the kid now and see Husband – hope you’re okay?

    May 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    • Thanks Julie! Kind of cool that you came back to look again and had further epiphany! No sure how I came to this at 2 am – but it was a bit of a channelled quote…almost spooked me as it came out of nowhere and I’d never considered it before (don’t call those exoricist people from the college though ;). I’m in a little limbo here with the medical, but just so happy I made it to my daughter’s big event. Hope you are holding your own and the flu is on its way out! xo

      May 21, 2012 at 8:41 PM

  3. Oh so true!

    May 21, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    • Thanks Cornelia – glad you related…yes it is! 🙂

      May 21, 2012 at 8:43 PM

  4. Chris

    What a great photo, it took me a while to figure out even after reading your explanation but it’s amazing, great quote too.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    • Thanks so much Chris. I’m so glad you told me that as it made me add part II today. I knew it would take a bit to process (and the photo might be a puzzle). Glad yo liked the quote — good to keep in mind as we try to view what we are dealing with especially 🙂 Sending you good wishes tonight!

      May 21, 2012 at 8:45 PM

  5. Your creativity in words and in visual inspires me every day…there is so much more than meets the eye here…I love this Robyn:)))

    May 21, 2012 at 6:06 AM

    • Aww thanks so much David. That means a lot. Yes – so much more than meets the eye in everything I think!! Glad you loved it…. was a bit unsure as is a bit off-beat ~ but truly just came through me (almost like channeling or something) at 2am… so went with it. Appreciate your thoughts!!

      May 21, 2012 at 8:48 PM

  6. Kathy

    Amazing Robyn!

    May 21, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    • Thanks Kathy… I ‘m so glad you liked it 🙂 Not sure where this quote came from… but it hit me in the head!! 🙂

      May 21, 2012 at 8:56 PM

  7. ~Lady Day

    lol, you are a clever artist…love this again Robyn.

    May 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    • Thank you so much Lady Day!! Means a lot coming from you ~

      May 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM

  8. braunrcb

    Very interesting

    May 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    • Glad you thought so Renee! Thanks!

      May 21, 2012 at 8:58 PM

  9. Julie Catherine

    Love this, and it fits the quote perfectly! 🙂

    May 21, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    • Oh Julie – thanks so much! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it so much 🙂

      May 21, 2012 at 8:59 PM

  10. Very clever indeed! I like this a lot, you’re a woman after my own heart 🙂 Wonderful xx

    May 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    • Aww …thanks Tania – must be why I was instantly attracted to your work 🙂 So glad you liked!

      May 21, 2012 at 9:00 PM

  11. I have to echo everyone else–very clever! Robyn, you really do seem to have a natural eye with the pictures you take. You see things, and capture them–things many of us would ordinarily miss. Then to pair them with a perfect set of words, well, it is just amazing to me. You are so talented.

    May 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    • Jeannie, really flattered by your comment. I never really knew I could do this pairing of words and photos. Julie encouraged me to write quotes sometimes as opposed to using famous ones I like all the time. I’m finding they do come to me in sort of a magical way… and I surprise myself sometimes. Still like to borrow from the ancient gurus at times…but this has been lots of fun. So appreciate your feedback!! 🙂

      May 21, 2012 at 9:03 PM

  12. there is something deeper and richer still … everywhere, all around
    this one is breathtaking Robyn …:)

    May 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    • So true Jim – thank you and I’m happy you liked it!!

      May 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM

  13. Mystical! Moving. Thought provoking. Love it!

    August 20, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    • Thanks so much Robyn. I’d forgotten about these till I saw your post today ~~ was a fun concept! Glad you liked 🙂

      August 21, 2012 at 1:48 AM

  14. How do you take the pictures of yourself? Timer?

    August 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    • I have used the timer (ie: post entitled “Adorn me”).. But this and most all are just reflections or shadows…. Or legs/hands !

      August 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      • Very cool.. I’m going to give it a shot.. great photos on your blog.. love them

        August 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      • Yes – it’s a lot of fun to do self-portraits — with a small camera you can hide the image in a shadow… for the full portrait – timer/tripod is better – Here is “Adorn Me” so you can see the one with timer ~ https://throughthehealinglens.com/2012/06/15/adorn-thee/ thank you sooo much!

        August 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      • Adorn me was my favorite.. it’s an amazing photo.. I can’t believe you took it yourself and the poem is quite fantastic as well.. very moving. Very impressive. I’ve been thinking of ways to get this started.. I have a few ideas.. but don’t want to do it just to do it.. so thanks for all the inspirations and maybe I’ll make it a personal weekly challenge..that way I’m forced to be creative…forced in a good way

        August 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      • I am so glad you liked it 🙂 Was my first real self-portrait (and haven’t done much since) sort of tough when you only have 10 seconds to take position! I had just set up the tripod and decided to experiment – grabbed the shoes (having no clue what I could write about with such a shot)… and decided later it was kind of cool! I will have to get back to it again — the shadows are fun too. I am thrilled it inspired you to experiment and maybe do the weekly challenge for yourself. I think you will enjoy it. Keep me posted 🙂 x

        August 27, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      • you as well. I’m an easily inspired person by nature.. but this is a completely different kind of inspiration and I appreciate the feedback. I can’t believe that it all just came together like that…awesome.

        August 27, 2012 at 6:38 AM

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