I found out earlier today about Paint, Poems and Ponderings through m.heart at secret notebooks • wild pages an exercise about looking at a childhood photo and study it. M.Heart's photo exercise post is wonderful and tells a lot more than what I am able to share about my photo.
"What do you see in it that is...similar to your life today, to the person you've become? What is vaguely similar? What bears no resemblance or suggests nothing memorable? What ended up the opposite of what you see? " The idea is to look at the photo of your young self and connect with it in terms of who you are today.
I do not have many photos of myself as a child, most are still with my mom at her house. I did dig this up though and just laughed, yup, that's the one and it sure does pin-point who I am today. Art,always! Other than the obvious, I see a dirty face, today it is dirty hair. I confess, if I do not have to do anything that mandates clean hair, I do not wash it that day. Sounds sort of yucky even to me, but I went to a foo-fa-doodle high class salon in CT last year and the dude that cut it said, and I quote: "You have the healthiest hair I have ever seen". Since we are talking about hair, the style is not that far off either. I have gone many, many years with long hair and recently I went the shortest It has been since 1981 in a Posh style bob.
Moving ahead now, I still have that excited smile. There is a good chance I am talking and telling the person behind the camera something I thought was funny. There I was, an open book and here I am today, openly sharing my art journey and maybe a funny thing or two.