Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Self Portrait Challenge- "Imperfections"

This month's challenge is way too easy for me so I promise to be more creative in the coming weeks. I need to rack my brain on how to photograph procrastination and being too analytical :) This is my entry but I have added the next two just to explain "See Through Hands"



Loss of muscle is hard to show but I find it fascinating in my hands. I have a good grip but I have no pinchers. If you feel the muscle pad between your pointer and your thumb you can feel the muscle. In my hands you can't feel much muscle so it is odd to me I can still grip. So why I can drive a car but pulling up my pants or zipping a jacket is tough? It's a mystery to me:) My tongue muscles are also shrinking and that's why I speak with a margarita accent. When you look at my tongue it looks like it is full of Mexican jumping beans and kids think it's the coolest thing. When muscles shrink they do a rumba on their way out! That does not photograph well :(


I use left pointer to shift and middle finger to type. Blogger needs to work out their kinks because I'm having to put my ID & password on most of my comments not to mention wiping them off altogether...grrrr. I try and say what I think but if you get a short comment my muscles have begun a revolt! I wish I could respond to everyone in a timely fashion but I eventually catch up :)

To see other blogger imperfections go here

30 comments:

Turquoise CRO said...

Your comments are that much sweeter Tammy! Thank YOU for visiting my Bloggie! I LOVE seeeeeeeing your face and comments! Happy Wednesday! xoxoo

Anonymous said...

You are perfect-ly wonderful! You make my day with your comments--thanks for your persistence.

Vedrana M. said...

great post! i really like the first photo, it's amazing :)

Deb R said...

Whoa, those photos are fascinating, Tammy! I guess we've all held out hands up to a bright light, but I've never tried to photograph it before. You did a great job of it!

I hope Blogger plays nice for you!!!

bella said...

It's so hard to picture it because your comments are so well written and full of beauty.

PS. my video. if you press play twice, it should work. I hope.

Susannah said...

that first picture is amazing, and the other two show us another part of you, the hands that leave such supportive and kind messages for me :-) hugs to you sweetie xx

kj said...

tammy, what a great post. through your honesty and comfort you rightly clarify and redefine what it really means to be "whole". you are fully that!

as far as i'm concerned, you've won first prize for the post of the week!

:)

TI said...

Great post, Tammy. Your pictures are excellent, esp. the first one which is just amazing. If you want to capture procrastination on film, just take a photo of me!

Anonymous said...

Tammy - Your hands are beautiful in their own way.

My sister Mary has sever rheumatoid arthritis and her hands are quite curled and don't function well, but hers are beautiful too!

Hands are what I notice first about everyone - to me they are all beautiful and unique.

Thank you for taking the time to share something of yourself. And thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog and others! It means a lot! :)

Tammy

Nicole said...

I am constantly in awe at the amazing glimpse of your life I get here in the blogging world. You are a strong woman and I admire that!

Colette said...

This is the best Self-Portrait Challenge I've ever seen!

P.S. I'm thinking the little piece of art I sent you hasn't arrived yet? I sent one to another friend in San Fran around the same time, and she hasn't received hers either.

XOXO

Helen said...

Those hands are very creative and loving. You have alot of strength! Excellant love ya;;l

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post - it is inspiring!
Blogger is allowing me to comment now - I am so pleased - I hope you are finding you can too.

Georgia said...

These pictures are great, I LOVE the one with the light shining through. It looks so neat.

Tammy, now I feel even happier when I get a comment from you knowing that it is difficult to get done.

You are my new super hero of the day:)

xoxox

~Georgia

tinker said...

Your hands are beautiful and they still do so much, cheering us all on through your hard-earned comments. Boo on blogger!
The photo reminds me of when I was a little girl and I first saw my mother's hand glow like that when she was trying to turn on the car light at the drive-in - I remember I was fascinated and kept asking her to do it again! xo

Jeremy Stockwell said...

This is great Tammy. Love the one with the light shining through. Sometimes, it's our imperfections that make us who we are. 'Imperfections' make us beautiful. I believe that is certainly the case with you. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Babe,
Those hands are loving and I love to hold them and stretch them out for you.The first picture is awesome.Wish I could make them strong again but am am still greatful for your loving touches with them..LOve Dave

Anonymous said...

Fascinating imagery to illustrate your situation. An honest and strong-impacting post. Thank you for sharing the reality of your situation with such strength.

Jimmy said...

I find your point of view fascinating, expressing things in terms of what you can do, as opposed to what you can't. You've listed your limitations, but in a way that shows how you work your way around them.

Calling you an inspiration might very well come off sounding like a cliché, but maybe not, if you knew how sincerely I meant it right now.

Leave the imperfections to blogger. You're just fine!

Anonymous said...

Your hands give out such lovely words of support and encouragement to everyone, I think they are fantastic

Amber said...

Hands are so telling, and so symbolic. Yours are beautiful, because they show the life you are fighting everyday to live, and the love you so easily give others. Even though it is a struggle for your hands to put that love into words! Ah, it is just sweeter yet. ;)

And what love you have in your life. How beautiful!

:)

Bedazzzled1 said...

Ohhhh Tammy, just look at your creativity. That first picture is a stroke of genius! But then, I don't adore just ANYONE! ::grin::

I see your fingers, and I am once again reminded of how you are, indeed, a warrior. I think you are an inspiration to any and all.

And Dave's comment to you is simply beautiful.

Love you~
Nikki

Lisa (oceandreamer) said...

I really have a thing about hands, I recently took a photo of my mothers hands...and collect hand bits for a future art piece. I'd like to include your photo. Your hands, even with limitations, say more than some with two strong well working ones. That is what amazes me about you.....your spirit is so large and powerful it transcends anything else.
XOXO

DEREK said...

You are perfectly beautiful! Big bear hugs coming your way!

acumamakiki said...

I'm always so awed by your honesty and also your spirit. Beautiful self portrait.

julie persons said...

You inspire me!
Another beautiful post...

Patrick Leer said...

" ... and kids think it's the coolest thing". - Such a subtle but true observation, I guess kids have to grow to see imperfection.
Patrick http://journals.aol.com/daddyleer/CaregivinglyYours/

Jerri said...

Perfectly beautiful hands. Perfectly inspiring courage.

Absolute gratitude.

bb said...

i always appreciate your commentd Tammy, of whatever length - it's what you do with them right? ;-)

truly insightful post and wonderful phoography x x x

AnnieElf said...

I beg to differ Tammy. These aren't imperfections at all. Your hands are all about beauty and spirit and unbelievable strength.