Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Self Portrait: (Into) the Fray



This beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring woman is the author and creator of today's Self Portrait. I know you will enjoy! Thank you Ambika from (Into) the Fray!

I knew exactly what I wanted to include in my portrait. While the typewriter was a recent acquisition, as someone who loves writing, it's an item I've coveted for a very long time. It's also a testament to how much more settled my life has become since I first shoved that 5 Euro note in my wallet years ago. When I initially returned from Prague, I didn't intend to stay home for long. For at least a year or so, I thought I'd soon be in a position to spend it. Five years later, the money remains in my wallet as a reminder of that amazing time--at this point, my hope is that when I take my boyfriend to see the Czech Republic, I'll spend it then. The necklace was a gift from my boyfriend, a reminder of our very first vacation together in Belize where we snorkeled with sting rays, sharks and any number of other reef creatures. The thimble and feathered headband are two sides of the same coin, my love of pretty things, whether made by me or someone else. & I have always loved art and have never been able to part with the Schiele postcard I picked up in Cesky Krumlov years ago.

24 comments:

erin said...

i love this idea so much! and what a lovely self-portrait this is too! what a typewriter!

wunderbug said...

what a great self-portrait - i love the story about the euro!

(gahd such a pretty typewriter. i'm apparently scheduled to be the lucky recipient of a FREE one soon. can't wait.)

thanks for sharing, jewels!

paula said...

what a lovely self-portrait.

Debra said...

Beautiful portrait. Love the old typewriter. My how things have changed...

Caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

such a beautiful story! loving your self portraits, as usual Julia!
xoxo

Couture Carrie said...

This is such a fabulous way to portay oneself - great idea!

xoxox,
CC

please sir said...

Such a great self portrait...I'm in love with that typewriter!

PS~Erin said...

What a neat photo, capturing so much.

picciolo said...

wonderful portrait, and stunning photo
: )

Rachel said...

Love it! Prague is one of my absolute favorite places, so the mention of Cesky Krumlov snagged my attention immediately.

My name is Erin. said...

With so many 'erin's commenting, I thought it must be a sign. I, too, love this idea and this was gorgeous. It's got me thinking about what I would put into my own self-portrait.

cindy : quaint said...

wonderful self-portain, ambika!

Krissy said...

great portrait ambika!

Joyce said...

I love the self portrait! Also the typewrite makes me want to put my mom's old one on display. Thanks! xoxo

hmstrjam said...

great self-portrait! just got your Florida postcard today! love it!

tyler said...

thanks for the introduction. lovely. and i'm swooning over the typewriter.

and thank you for the game of tag! linked back to you yesterday, my friend.

Callie Grayson said...

fantastic portrait! that necklace is so amazing.

one day when i get settled in my home, i will photograph one:)

Chessa! said...

this is so beautiful and inspiring. I love this series.

Rachel Mallon said...

Beautiful photo with so many lovely cherishable things. Another great self portrait!

Indie.Tea said...

The "self-portrait" idea is terrific...lovely photograph too.

dojski said...

wow, she has travelled much and seemed to have gotten a very fond memory from each!

dancing doc said...

loving your colorful springy post with Tom Palumbo's photos- magnificant images,classic !

and as europhile,actually expat now, I adore your portrait!!! have a super day!!!

katelynjane said...

This type of Self Portrait is a genius idea! It describes the person, the core of who they are, in a non-obvious way. I love it!

ambika said...

thank you so much for including me in this awesome project.