Note: On January first, I started a new photography project. I will take at least one photograph a day for the entire year, following a program called the 52-week photography challenge for 2017. It is being organized by Dogwood Photography, located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Dogwood Photography operates a photography school in Wilmington and it runs online photography challenges. There are weekly assignments in three categories: story telling, technical, and artistic impression.
Today is the fourth in a series of 52 updates of the project. The challenge for the week was mirror (story). "Tell a story, using a mirror."
I am Alice, and Alice went through the looking glass. She became a pawn and met all sorts of characters. She wandered through a garden of talking flowers and she met Humpty Dumpty and Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.
This Alice spent all week finding stories in the looking glass, but I never went through to the other side. There was a time when I dreamed of going through to the other side. When I was four, my family moved to a big old house in Syracuse, New York. The house featured a landing between the first and the second floors. There was a locked closet on the landing, with a full-length mirror on the door. I spent many hours looking into the mirror and talking to my reflection. My reflection had a different name, which I no longer remember. She had a parallel life to mine. We both went to school, but her school was different from mine. When I had trouble with a subject, she had conquered it. When I had trouble making friends, she had many friends and she was well loved.
My mirror person only lived in that one mirror. It was the magic mirror that gave me a portal to a world that could be. When I was twelve years old, we moved away, and my mirror friend was no longer part of my world. I miss her but I learned a valuable lesson from her. She was the joyful me. I was the struggling me. If I combined the joyful me and the struggling me, I came up with one whole human, who experienced all that life could offer.
Below are the mirror stories, featuring a variety of mirrors.
|On Sunday, I went to church. In the choir room, there is a full-length mirror. Choir practice is ended, and we are getting ready for the church service.|
|What makes a morning ritual better? How about if I take a bunch of selfies of my mirror reflection?|
|Two mirrors (the large one and a hand held mirror) make the selfie project even more fun. This is my laugh in duplicate.|
|Hey, maybe I did go through that looking glass!|
|In the evening, I went to my book club meeting at the Grand Island Memorial Library. This is the mirror in the restroom. There's a changing table, but, other than that, it is a pretty sparse room.|
|Here is another view of the office mirror/ruler.|
|Post haircut selfie.|
|Selfies are fun, especially when you learn how to point the camera at your face without covering up your face!|
|Having a mirror makes it look as if the hair care products are multiplying over and over and over again.|
|Mirror at Town Hall.|
|Here is a closer look at the forward and backward bottle of hand soap at Town Hall. The bottle seems to be there as a visual aid, since it is empty.|
|Holding a pin up in the mirror.|
|On Friday, I was back at Huth Road Elementary School, helping out with the Staff Appreciation Luncheon. I was in the Ladies' room and I thought that it would be fun to take a picture of the reflection of the ceiling.|
Here is a close-up and slightly dizzy-inducing view of the ceiling and it's partial reflection.
Well, that's week four! Please come back next week for another installment in the saga of the 52 week photography project. I hope that you had fun looking at the mirrors. In the comments, please feel free to describe some of the mirrors in your world.