Taking Photos And Advertising Toothpaste!
In Star Wars, there is a quote, “We meet again at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.”
So it seems, with the passage of time, our son, the Web-Master and our daughter, the Senior Registered Nurse, are both, showing us the way to publishing and blogging and advertising.
Two weeks ago, John and I went to a professional photographer, on the insistence of our son. Although used to the world of photography; my father from Singapore had a scholarship to Wetzlar, Germany, in the 1950’s. Both my brother and I were used to being keen subjects to his Leica camera and to a dark room with developing and printing, in our home. However it has been a while.
We thought snapshots would be sufficient, but complied. The photographer came from the same generation, as we did. His studio is one of the few older businesses, still surviving in town. He helped me negotiate awkward steps and talked affectionately, about his ‘bullying’ grown-up daughter and joked.
Looking at my pictures, I found myself in a bit of shock. It looked like I was advertising toothpaste! It reminded me of the adage, ‘How others see you is not important, how you see yourself is everything.’ Add to this the third altruistic view, ‘What you really are, is yet another matter.’ Yes, I did not recognise myself; the photographer had made me laugh heartily.
I think the pictures of John and I, together, are quite nice, but some of our individual photos were quite hilarious. In Yoga, at one instance, we distance ourselves and try to look at our physical bodies from an aerial point of view. Maybe this is yet another instance to help me look at myself dispassionately. My family seem to like the images, but then, that is a reflection of how they may see me.
I like the caricature of an old woman who is sitting in her wheel-chair, raising her arm, looking at her cast shadow on the opposite wall, – a young ballerina. Humour is the very essence that sees me through life.
By the way, I use an alternative, ayurvedic toothpaste!