As an art therapist I work with many people who are at a crossroads in their lives, people defined not by their trauma but by how they learn to overcome it, people who untangle light and shadow (much like a photographer) to create both memory and understanding. This photo was inspired by my work as an art therapist. The crossed hands reflect a Butterfly Hug, a form of bilateral stimulation used to relax, release feelings, and to calm and to self-soothe. Whereas the eyes are drawn and focused on the search for balance in this photograph, as is so often the case in life, a quick glance over the shoulder reveals that light and shape and color are not always ready to reveal all of their secrets. There is work to be done. Butterfly hug-1 Aperture Stop: A Photographic Exhibition. Thank you to The Nickel Plate Arts Gallery in Noblesville, IN!  This wonderful exhibition is running July 4th- August 30th. I am fortunate to be one of the artists showing three photographs. The show opens July 4, 2014 6-8pm.  

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