Brown sugar flecks of melanin
speckled across my face,
lights up pale skin
Three years ago when I first arrived in Second Life, did I ever think I would be posting extreme close ups of my face on the internet, with no make up and untrimmed eyebrows? Hell no! Yet here I am!
I felt totally insecure and vulnerable about posting that for the Single Frame Stories this week. When I read the theme for this round, I knew right away what I wanted to do…except I wanted a picture of my freckled face avatar. But my graphics issues prevented me from doing that picture because my avatar skin looks too pixely and blotchy close up. I also wasn’t sure if anyone would get my single frame story. In the end I decided that it means something to me and that’s really all that matters. I think it turned out better this way anyways, untrimmed eyebrows and all.
I really love the Single Frame Stories Challenge and I love seeing everyone else’s photos and their takes on the weekly theme. There is still time for you to take part! Check out Single Frame Stories for the details.
Another weekly challenge that I have been participating in is the Virtual Artists Alliance Photohunt Challenge, which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. This is a lot of fun, and the photo above was my entry for last night’s challenge.
I’ve never really taken part in such challenges in Second Life and I’m learning about how positive these kinds of group activities are for my confidence in expressing myself creatively. It’s also great for drawing inspiration and encouragement from my peers. They are a challenge in the sense of coming up with new ideas, thinking up ways to express that, and sometimes taking risks in doing so.
The old me would probably have shyed away from taking part in these challenges. Instead I would have choosen to sit back and observe, while feeling slightly envious of everyone’s creative talents.
Now, I’m realizing that in stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new, you gain an opportunity to do your very best at something. Expressing yourself creatively involves taking personal risks sometimes, but the true risk I think comes in the possibilities you lose when you fail to at least try.