Daily Prompt: Mirror, Mirror

by michelle w. on January 22, 2014

Look in the mirror. Does the person you see match the person you feel like on the inside? How much stock do you put in appearances? Photographers, artists, poets: show us MIRRORED.

It took a lifetime, but what I see is me. It’s not just a reflection. It’s what I think I am, what I feel I’ve become. I look a lot like my mother, but not my mother. My face is older, much older.


Cancer added a lot of years to me very quickly. I transformed from looking younger than my years to looking older in a matter of weeks. It was a shock, but I have come to accept it.

marilyn in the mirror - 2

I’ve come to accept me, though there is much I would fix if it were practical to do it. Photoshop for real life? So this is me. In the mirror. What I have become. Not done with life, but far from the girl I was.

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27 replies

  1. Mirrors aren’t always my friends, either 🙂 Hey, what can I say, I’m beautiful on the inside, he, he!


  2. Good mirror photos, Marilyn. I like them. I haven’t taken many photos in years–not since my kids grew up, I guess. Now I find that I want photos for my blog, and all I have is an I-pod and a little camera that’s not digital. Soooo, it’s time I go out and buy a simple digital camera. I was admiring the photo at the top of this post. A church door and window? Every detail is so sharp, as though I were standing right there.


    • I found full size DSLRs much too big and heavy for me so I adopted the mirrorless 4/3 Olympus cameras. Modestly (mostly) priced, my most recent one cost me less than $300 — less than my point & shoot. There are a lot of excellent digital cameras available for modest prices. I carry a little point & shoot with me all the time, a panasonic with a superzoom. It’s a fine little camera. Probably half the pictures I display were taken with it because it’s the camera that’s with me. The header picture you were talking about was part of series I took with my Olympus PM2 and my favorite little lens. But I could have taken the pictures with my point and shoot and it probably would have turned out almost the same. You don’t see the difference much until you shoot in low light. The church is in Amherst. A beautiful church and the light was really working for us that day.


    • If I redid them, I’d use a wider lens. I was working with my portrait lens, but it was hard to stand back far enough to focus and I missed my head a bunch of times. Great shots of full and partial decapitations. Maybe I should have published them. That would have been a hoot!


  3. LOL….. ehh, ’tis what it is, when one looks in a mirror, huh? Have avoided them (them fun-house mirrors) my whole.stinkin.life. What I personally learned, is the mirror doesn’t reflect anything other than a present image and one’s perspective. And has absolutamente nothing to do with one’s image of self. From reading you here, and “seeing” you here through your photography… yer pretty darned stinkin’ beautiful to me.


    • Thanks 🙂 I don’t really mind my wrinkles and spotty skin … and the camera is unkind to older people. When I look at myself, I don’t really see all of the stuff the camera sees. I see a much more complex image — and sometimes my mother!


  4. I’m afraid to do that. Every time I look in the mirror some old guy I don’t recognize.


  5. You are braver than I, to take a self image. These turned out great, with a itty bitty hint of a smile on the second. Love it!


  6. As always, you said it like it is!


  7. I love the little hint of a smile in the second image, Marilyn – delightful! xxx



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