Identity in Photos

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This past week I was challenged on Facebook to do a Black and White Photo Challenge. The hard part of that challenge was to use only photos to show who I was…my identity.  I wasn’t allowed to use any words….any explanations….any photos of people… to tell the story of my life. It really was a challenge!

I thought I didn’t do too badly….except I could not find a way to include my family. The challenge made me realize that as people, we really have many facets to our lives. Our lives are intricate linkings of so many things….people, places, things, ideas, beliefs etc.

I am going to share with you some of the photos that I posted. If you are a regular reader, a couple of the photos might be familiar to you. They might look slightly different because I changed them from color, to black and white.

The photo up top is pretty self-explanatory….blogging and tea are a part of my life that I thoroughly enjoy. I have never made a dime from it and more than likely never will, but I have met so many wonderful people through blogging. There are so many of you that I would love to sit on the porch and share a cup of tea/coffee with.

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The Girls and Their Home

I thought I should definitely include a photo of my chicken coop, complete with a couple of the girls. (This is one of the photos that may be familiar!) If I am the Chicken Grandma I guess it stands to reason; chickens are a part of my life. I have learned many lessons from the chickens I have known and cared for. I have a feeling they have many more lessons to teach me.

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Another facet of my life would be my participation in using essential oils and other products from Young Living. I have found them to be useful to me in so many ways. I love to help others learn about them and love using products that contain natural ingredients rather than a lot of man made chemicals. I have been fortunate to meet many great people this way also.

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Solid Ground For Me

My faith is a big part of my life and this year I am participating in a Bible study of the Fruit of the Spirit through Coffee Break Bible Studies. This is my first year with this group and I am finding it to be a great experience.  Once again….so many good people!

The next two pictures were, for me, ways that show life with my husband. My husband loves the thought of being self-sufficient. He loves large gardens, living off the land and burning wood in our wood stove. I love this picture for that very reason.

I also love the texture and the roundness of those logs. Knowing they will make my house nice and warm this coming winter is a great thing too!

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This man that I married 37 years ago was born a farm boy and remains very much a farm guy. The first 6 months of our married life we lived in a very small town. He could not wait to move out to the farm where he didn’t see anyone when he stepped out the front door.

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The M Farmall is the second tractor we ever owned. Every so often my husband wonders if he should sell it, but then decides it isn’t worth that much money, so he may as well hang on to it. I am always glad he decides to keep it as I am a little sentimental about that old tractor.

When I look at those pictures I realize they portray only a small part of my life. There are so many things I did not get included. Not being able to include photos of family, friends and loved ones leaves a huge hole in the fabric of life.

I realized that objects cannot replace relationships and never will. I also know that one can not really share their entire life in the space that a few photos take…..it takes a lifetime to share a life.  It takes a lifetime to know someone and to be known.

Have a blessed weekend. Take the time to build those relationships…the ones that last and stand the test of time. Those relationships are a wonderful gift and blessing.

 

“Through others we become ourselves.” 
― Lev S. Vygotsky

 

The whole point is to live life and be –
to use all the colors in the crayon box.
RuPaul

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17 thoughts on “Identity in Photos

  1. susieshy45 says:

    Lovely post, Faye and so thoughtful too. Pictures without words but how meaningful. If we would only keep our mouths closed or our hands off the keyboards for sometime, how much peaceful the world would be.
    We, my children and I, watch a TV show called Halloween Cake wars- there they give the contestants a few themes or things and tell them to make up cakes representing those items- it could be creepy clowns or clingy things or anything like that. In another competition, they asked them to represent a couple’s life story through their wedding and engagement cakes.
    I thought your challenge was similar.
    Loved especially the picture of the pieces of wood and how it reminded you of your husband and how much cosiness and comfort he provided to you for 37 years.
    Susie

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  2. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Such a truly beautiful post Chicken.
    The photo’s tell a story even without any words. Such deeply personal photos, and all speak of an ‘element’ which makes up ‘you’ and the person that you are.
    Well done in meeting the challenge, and in such a fabulous way. So stylish and romantic. Love it. ~ Cobs. x

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  3. Margy says:

    I know what you mean by keeping the tractor. We have a John Deere AR that my husband’s grandfather used on the farm. The farm and the tractor were sold long ago, but my husband eventually found the AR, bought it, and brought it home. It is completely useless to us on our acreage, but it, and the Fargo half ton from the farm, are permanent fixtures in the garage.

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