This is a series within the self portraits that I have been wanting to do for some time. I begin with one and the hopes to add to Scarred series through out the Self Portrait Saturday challenge. Life can be hard and we can come out with scars. They can be emotional, physical, internal, and mental. Some can be painful and others as lingering reminders. I have many. The one on my neck is related to many other scars that I have carried since being a few weeks old. I was born six weeks premature and went on to battle necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a gastrointestinal disease. I am so glad that I survived with nothing more than scars as a reminder. The way it has been explained to me is that this is where they put in and stitched to hold in place a tube that fed nutrients into my heart. I use to joke as a teenager I had been bitten multiple times by a vampire. It is usually the first scar that people notice and ask me about and why I decided to document it first. Sometimes I feel burdened by the weight of unhealthy self image. Scars that I had no power over can be fussed over and scrutinized by my inner monologue. However this is a reminder of how fragile our bodies are and how blessed and precious are our lives. That in the end we are all beautiful with our scars and all.
Self Portrait ‘Scarred I’ by Bonnie Rose Photography © 2007 – 2013 All Rights Reserved – www.bonnie-rose.co.uk
DO YOU LOVE SELF PORTRAITS?
I try to do one every week and post on a Saturday.