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13. I met Loredana, the photographer. Extract from 'I am your mirror photography project

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

Extract from 'I am your mirror' photography project di Loredana Denicola.

Then, I met Loredana, the photographer.

It was an extraordinary experience meeting myself as a woman, as object, subject and photographer, as observer and observed through all the creative process that is behind ' I am your mirror' photography project.

Loredana, the Photographer, 'I am your Mirror' photography project, © Loredana Denicola, 2014/2015
The Photographer | I am your Mirror photography project | Loredana Denicola

I never thought that I could be capable to face this challenge with myself, exploring the ‘unknown’ and to be able to create, after few years, something so profound: a photography project with strangers, called “ I am your mirror’.

Four years passed, and only now, I know, why I did this project.

Photography is healing power, it is an endless process of discovery of our own darkness and our own light.

In 2013, I wasn’t well, I realized through meditation, that I was obsessed by ‘negative thinking’.

This obsession has always accompanied me, it has always been with me, all my life, since I was a child.

I began to be aware of my thoughts, they were creating my ‘unreal reality’ that was affecting all my surroundings, my life, my financial situation and also my relationships with the closest people around me.

I wasn't happy, although I thought I was happy, in my mind, because not aware of what it was happening inside that mind, inside my body.

I wasn't watching my mind, and my emotions. I was surviving without being conscious of my own self, I was forgetting about me, the most important person I have.

There was darkness, inside and out, but I wasn't capable to see it.

I wasn’t aware.

I was blind.

In all that confusion, my survival instinct brought me somewhere.

Unconsciously, I found an escape, I didn't know what I was doing when I began, 'I am your mirror project'.

It was unplanned, it was a necessity… it was an urge to get out from myself, and to discovery that self.

One day, I decided to look around for strangers, and I wrote an advert on Internet. I was looking for people who were like me, who had obsessions, fears, problems, but also people who were happy and found satisfaction in living their life.

They had to be encounters. I call them strangers, I didn’t want any sort of emotional attachment, that we normally, can find in established relationships, where people get into habits, playing a role.

Not sure if the role is true or a mask imposed by society.

I went to meet them, with a huge curiosity, whoever wanted to show their weaknesses, wherever they asked to meet me, co - operating with me in that amazing process of getting to know each other, as we were, without masks, but only with love, connection.

With strangers, I found it is much easier to open up ( maybe this is my case) because they don’t know you, and you don’t know them.

So, if there is a true connection, there are few chance that love can be present there, even for a moment.

I was quite lucky.

They let me get inside their secret world, their weirdness, or their simply be themselves, that was reflecting exactly mine, like a mirror.

I went to meet them with an open mind, without any sort of judgment, I accepted what it was presenting in front of me as it was, recognising indirectly my own self in theirs.

I was accepting myself and wanted to change it in better.

I always loved the symbolic meaning of the mirror.

.... to be continued ... by Loredana Denicola

The layout of the book is ready (text & black and white pictures).

Limited Edition. I am looking for funding

'How I met my strangers', I am your Mirror' photography project .

©Loredana Denicola 2017/2018, All right reserved.

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