Reverb 10: Photo.

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you.

~ Tracey Clark

I went without a camera most of the year. Part of that was losing my camera in Mexico in 2009, part of it was going from a Blackberry to a non-smart phone and simply not wanting the phone (or its crappy camera) with me very often, and part of it was a conscious decision to mindfully disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with the physical world in 2010.

I was somewhat successful.


I’m writing you to
catch you up on places I’ve been
And you have this letter
You probably got excited, but there’s nothing else inside it
Didn’t have a camera by my side this time
Hoping I would see the world through both my eyes
Maybe I will tell you all about it when I’m
in the mood to lose my way with words


You should have seen that sunrise with your own eyes
it brought me back to life
You’ll be with me next time I go outside
No more 3×5’s
I Guess you had to be there
I Guess you had to be with me
Today I finally overcame
tryin’ to fit the world inside a picture frame

~ John Mayer, lyrics from 3×5

I did, however, play around with iPhoto and Photo Booth on my Macbook while at home sometimes, just to see what I looked like with various facial expressions. One such occasion was while watching a Dodgers day-game versus the Atlanta Braves on June 6th. The score went back and forth, almost from the beginning of the game. My heart raced up and down accordingly.

I can’t remember a single play involved in any of the expressions, but it doesn’t matter. Emotions are absolute and captured. Intense observing. Engaged anticipation. Unbridled excitement. Plain ol’ disappointment.

This is life, isn’t it?

I look at these images and I don’t just see my shell—my skin; I see my soul. Not all of my emotions are displayed here, by any means. But the raw intensity that is the foundation of each and every emotion that pours out of me is alive and present. It’s not always pretty. It’s not always fun. It is always real. It’s always me.

My goal for 2011 is to be more the me in these images, and less the girl who’s calm, cool, and collected (on the outside). I can’t wait. Can you?

This post is written as Day 25 of Reverb 10, inspired and created by Gwen Bell (Best of ’09) and her rockingly awesome cohorts. Are you reverbing too? I’d love for you to share yourself in the comments below.


Anonymous December.27.2010 at 5.33 pm

Great photo series. What a fun way to play and capture an unconscious essence. You and I have almost exactly the same sentence in our photo post. Soul sistah!

Dian Reid December.27.2010 at 10.44 pm

Soul sistah, indeed! We WILL be more us … it’s already been manifested, we just need to allow it to play out that way =)

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