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Author: Omar Hamada
“Jazz demands that you become an individual.”
Kenyan photographer Thandiwe Muriu is serving up some serious food for thought with her latest piece “You Thought You Could Throw Me Away” . It’s like she’s turned the camera into a mirror, reflecting not just what’s in front of it but also what’s “overlooked” and deemed as “disposable” by society.
She confronts issues surrounding identity and self-perception while seeking to redefine female empowerment through the use of everyday materials such as fabric and common household items… So next time you think to toss something away think, and ask yourself, “Could this be art?”
Spoiler alert: With the right eyes, everything can be.
“The longer I live, the more deeply I learn that love – whether we call it friendship or family or romance – is the work of mirroring and magnifying each other’s light. Gentle work. Steadfast work. Life-saving work in those moments when life and shame and sorrow occlude our own light from our view, but there is still a clear-eyed loving person to beam it back. In our best moments, we are that person for another.”
“No one reads blogs anymore.”
Whether that’s true or false, it doesn’t really matter to me.
I’m not writing this blog post to scream it out to the world, in hopes of an echo in return. I’m writing this for myself.
I like spending time with thoughts and ideas that light me up. If I’m wise, I’ll figure out how to do more of that and less of the opposite. It helps keep me honest.
And to be honest, here’s a hot take: Everyone should have a blog. Whether it’s under your name, a secret alias, an alter ego, it doesn’t matter. It’s a cool thing to create. A place to express yourself. Internet real estate and you’re the architect, builder, and resident. An online record of you carving out the time to sit, think, & share a piece of your mind.
Tree.fm allows you to escape in nature and unwind wherever you are. I’m currently living in the desert so… into the computer forest we go
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
– Henry David Thoreau