I find religious buildings fascinating. They say so much about history, about a culture. Germany is known for its grand cathedrals and ancient buildings, like the Cologne Cathedral. But most churches in Germany are modern and not so grand. This is a church in Ludwigshafen, most likely built some time in the 1950’s. It is a simple church and speaks to the post-war reconstruction of the 1950’s. Today it has lost it’s shine, but I wonder how the churchgoers must have been excited to be able to worship in a brand new church after the war. It must have meant a lot to them.
For a lot of my life I was self-concious. Sometimes I let it show, sometimes I didn’t, and sometimes it shone through even though I tried to hide it. One of the best parts of adulthood – and for me this happened in my 30s – is finally figuring out who you are, where you want to go, and being comfortable with that. 5, 10, 20 years ago I never would have posted a picture like this. So to me this self-portrait is a statement.
One interesting aspect of this picture is that different friends/family members have read different emotions in my face. Some said I looked sad, strained, intense, at peace. I wonder how much that is their own feelings about me projected into what they see in the picture? What do you see?