"Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity. It is the source of hope, accountability and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path."
When my Clickin' Friends Britney and Tina shared with the rest of our photography group that they were working on a personal project that would push them outside the creative boundaries that they had been setting around themselves and asked whether any of us wanted to join them in their endeavor, my first reaction was to completely discard the idea. Although I was extremely thankful they had invited us the join them in this new adventure, I felt I was not ready to put myself out there.
I then started researching what vulnerability means and I realized to what extent it was linked to growth and courage. Being vulnerable is by no mean shameful, it is a proof of love and also of change.
Up until two months ago, I had never seriously sat on the other side of the camera to take a self-portrait without my son. To my surprise, just like keeping a journal or doing yoga, this has become quite a therapeutic activity. Being the only subject of my photos makes me feel extremely vulnerable but I am ready to try it and see what this will bring to me.
You can read here how my friends Britney Wharton in Bakersfield, CA and Tina Sherman (Love Came Down Photography in Austin, TX) approached their own vulnerability.