Who else is there…

…when we look at ourselves?  This curious moment of novelty and playful egocentrism in taking a self-portrait happened to also capture images of my daughter and her two children…resulting in a rendering of three generations of our family, something that I didn’t notice until viewing the photo while processing it for this post, some several weeks later.  The content of the photograph prompted me think about who is really there when we look at ourselves…who else are we seeing…who had an influence in forming us into the people we have become…and who have we likewise influenced in forming them into the people that they have become…?


26 responses

  1. In that case, …..who isn’t?

    March 16, 2012 at 6:16 am

  2. me

    how true…

    March 16, 2012 at 7:22 am

  3. This is a fun picture Scott. An interesting use of reflection. I like it. Also some interesting thoughts. I guess we are all a product of the generations that have gone before. My brother has mannerisms that mirror those of an uncle but they’ve never spent any real time together. I have a photograph of a great great great maybe even another great Uncle all dressed up in the Victorian clothing of the time, it is spooky how much like him I am. Who are we? Well I think nurture is important but I believe what’s locked up in our DNA is much more powerful. Great post! 🙂

    March 16, 2012 at 11:24 am

    • That is all interesting to further ponder, Chillbrook, how so much comes to us from our forebears…and maybe from generations ago. Thank you. 🙂

      March 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  4. Nice…

    I’ve always thought a camera in hand makes me look at the world differently

    March 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    • I agree with you, Gunta. I believe we see so much more when our camera is ready to capture whatever we might find. Thank you.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm

  5. Which one of those people in the photo are you?

    March 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    • I’m the little guy in the backseat of the car without the camera in hand, Mike…taking a photo of myself. 🙂

      March 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

  6. David Patterson

    A VERY cool photograph!

    March 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    • Thank you, David. I thought it was kind of cool, too. 🙂

      March 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

  7. And who else is there that we are not seeing… (unwilling to see, unable to see…)?

    A very thought-provoking post. Thank you.

    March 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    • That’s all true, Lemony…who else is there that we’re not seeing…won’t or can’t. Nice point. Thank You. 🙂

      March 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm

  8. What a happy accident to have captured the children too! I can’t figure out where you were when you shot it? I know it is a reflection, but off what?

    March 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    • Yes, it was a very nice, happy accident to have captured everyone in the photo. My reflection is in a car window…my grandson is inside the car, and my daughter and her little one are behind me. We’re inside a large garage, hence the moderately industrial setting.

      March 18, 2012 at 5:39 am

  9. The texture and context of this picture says so much, highlighting the complexity of one’s identity: self, others, and environment. The combination of the physical and relational aspects of your life in one image is telling. Great image!

    March 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

    • Thank you, Questioningsoul…what a fitting addition to the post. 🙂

      March 18, 2012 at 8:37 am

  10. Lois Farley Shuford

    That’s a deep question – perhaps we’re made up of all the previous versions of ourselves. And maybe a few versions to come?

    March 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

    • And your framing it in such a way, Lois, provokes even more questions. Thank you. 🙂

      March 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  11. Great work, Scott! Spontaneity at its best. If you’d tried to set up all the components of the image it may not have worked. It’s a very, very good picture and as thought provoking as any piece of fine art.

    March 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    • Thank you, Finn…and definitely spontaneous. Thank you for your nice words. 🙂

      March 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm

  12. Scott…totally awesome post! So many versions of self – -and this one makes us really take pause and consider which is the true you!
    Loved the photo too… great work! RL

    April 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    • Thank you, Robyn…very nice words! 🙂

      April 6, 2012 at 6:49 am

  13. When I first got to your site, I took a quick look to see who you were. I checked out your about page. And I was sorry not to find a picture of you. I put a lot of stock in what I see in a person’s face. This is a very beautiful picture. And so are your thoughts on this page. Since you already have an ‘about the blog’ page, I’d suggest that you add this picture to an ‘about’ page. But I recommend that, just out of kindness to others. I’ve already found you, and I won’t forget. It was a real pleasure seeing this view.

    July 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    • You are very kind, Shimon…and I am learning that you are a tender and gentle man…and I rather like your thought of incorporating this picture into my “About the Blog” page. It will let readers know who they are visiting…and hopefully they will be comfortable turning the pages and staying a while. Thank you for the recommendation, my friend.

      July 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm

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