The Photopoet Self-Portrait – a creative world built out of contradictions and insecurities, exploring life in the search of the truth and true purpose
It took me one week to create this image but it took me more than three years to write the poem, until I’ve reached the final version, and it took me even more time to be comfortable sharing it.
In 2019 it won a photography contest and took part in a Fine Art Photography group exhibition in Greece, you can read about it here, but obviously wasn’t enough validation for me to make me confident to share my work. I was proud of my work because I succeeded in finishing the work, but I didn’t need others’ opinions, knowing how much effort and work I have put into this image.
At this point, I have been writing poetry all my life and taking photographs for a long time, but I was learning to write my poems in English, not being my mother tongue language, learning to compose and edit an image of self-portraiture, and trying to find a way to fit my written poem in the frame, to be part of the image.
It makes me wonder: where does all this insecurity come from?
Why is it so hard to share your work as a creator?
What makes us so vulnerable when we create truly from the heart?
Why is it so difficult to accept the fact that our contradictions are the striking difference of what we feel and what we should, what we know, and what they tell us?
2019 © DACIANA LIPAI | The Photopoet Self-Portrait
The journey of a creator is a personal journey, is about the lessons you learn and how you grow and develop as an artist and person. It is about you and your journey, and how you learn to let go of the insecurities and embrace your contradictions.
Lots of love, Daciana