A challenge from my photography mentor, to bring out the innate beauty of a dying flower, was the inspiration behind this picture. A mixture of just the right amount of natural lighting along with a blackened background resulted in a beautiful flower that deserves to be seen, regardless of how fresh or old and droopy it may appear. A subtle message lies within this photo for everyone, but particularly for people experiencing eating disorder thoughts. For myself in recovery, beauty doesn’t have to equate to society’s stereotypical ideals (if it did, this flower would be in the rubbish bin). I have learned that when I look closely, everything and everyone has beauty that lies within; I just need to look. As the saying goes, ‘Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder’.
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