With (the American) Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, I thought I would do something about being thankful.
Yes, I am very thankful. Thankful for my family, my friends, for who I am now (stress the now), hell, thankful for just being alive! Thankful from where I came and where I am going.
For those wondering, the tattoo is a variation of the Sign of Chaos, something I got when I was in a rather dark period of my life. Instead of the original intention of chaotic thoughts/feelings in all the cardinal directions, it now serves as a daily reminder that I made it out and continue to be the best David I can be! 😀 Yes, those are a few scars, I am also a “cutter”. Now that’s a devil which I have to deal with daily. Do I hide them? Hell no, I am proud of who I am and more importantly, the hell that I climbed out of! I never hide any of them and will always talk to anyone about them if I am ever asked (surprisingly, not asked very often)!
Be thankful for what you have, for what you had and, of course, have fun and….enjoy!
Strobist: Canon 580 EX II on manual @ 1/8 power shot through a mini softbox (mini as in 3.5″ x 3.5″), camera left and a Canon 430 EX II on manual @ 1/32 (to catch my arm) shot through another mini softbox, camera right. Both triggered with Cactus v5 radio triggers.
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This image is really powerful!
Thank you very much, I am glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by and commenting as well.
A strong, intriguing image and a brave and revealing post. You have taken your demons and transformed them into something beautiful, David. It’s so cool to see you evolve as an artist. Thank you for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving.
Thank you so very much Caryn, you don’t know how much it means to have read your comment! Thank you!!!
A superb photograph David and moving, insightful words.
Thank you for visiting as well as for you comment, it’s greatly appreciated!
What a powerful photograph! Your strenght of you words and the beautiful lighting really add to the atmosphere – Brilliant work.
Thank you Martina, I am just happy to have shared!
Wonderful post. Very strong image and thoughtful words.
Thank you very much.
Good on ya David for a brave post – we certainly don’t all share so much on our blogs. That’s a great image.
Thanx Mike, If my image/words have helped even one person a tiny bit, totally worth it (not that I mind sharing to begin with)! 😀
Nice Lighting David 🙂
I’ve had this one tabbed on my computer since you published it, not able to come up with a great comment. That’s testament to how strong and stunning this image and post was for me. So in a word…beautiful.
Wow, thank you so much Brandon! I think perhaps the best compliment for me is to hear that an image has invoked emotion! Again, thank you very much.
This is a strong image, which perfectly matches the strength you’ve shown in your words of this post. Bravo.
Why thank you JP! I have come to terms with my major inner demons, even as bad as they are, they have certainly molded me into who I am. The sad part is, many people don’t use them to better themselves…I would like to believe that I have! 😀
Beautiful shot. Very dramatic in black and white. The detail in the knuckles makes this photo for me.
Thank you very much for visiting and commenting Ken.
Very brave and honest post. Love the photo. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you Bonnie, I am happy to have shared not only the photo but, more importantly, a little more about me. 😀
superbe, tout simplement !
Thank you very much!
David, this is such a great post for what your image illustrates and for the words you chose to share. You can’t find fault in someone who has moved forward in their life. I know my inner scars remind me of where I have come too. I am thankful for being alive and finding your blog when I did. You are a mentor to many! 🙂
Thank you so much Martina, your kind words mean a lot!
We are all greater than any one aspect of our lives. Congratulations on reaching a place of gratitude. Much to be thankful for here, too. Thanks for the thoughtful post.
You are most welcome Matt and thank you for visiting and commenting!