Self Portrait #14: More Man Ray (Revisited)

man ray head shot comp

I started with a question, as I so often do:  what kind of alive am I?  A black and white head resting on a mélange of pattern and color—my mask, the face I offered to the world, was meant to be unnoticed.  Fade to grey, merge with the background, don’t draw attention, don’t stand out.  Could I change?

Alas, my clothing choices have remained much the same since I questioned them in 2016.  Black, black and more black.  A brightly colored scarf, perhaps.  I still wish to remain unperceived as I make my way through the world.  But now I wonder:  is alive only visible on the surface of things?  Or can we gift the world with rainbows from the inside out?

unseen waves absorbed
reflected transformed singing
colors dancing light

head shot close up s

For Kim’s dVerse prompt:  Snapshots of our Lives.  You can see the original post with the complete self-portrait collage, as well as the Delmore Schwartz poem that inspired my original poem, here.

My 100 Self-Portrait Project is still stalled at #21.

14 thoughts on “Self Portrait #14: More Man Ray (Revisited)

  1. I still wish to remain unperceived as I make my way through the world.

    Oh, how I identify with this, and that bright scarf! Though these days I find somehow that I’m turning to colour as a consolation…

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  2. Your rainbows come out in your art. Dress in whatever way that makes you comfortable. (I’m pretty much living in pjs and sweats, but I the bright pink laces on one pair of sneakers I have makes me happy–like your bright scarf.)

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