Self-Portraits In An Empty Nest

If I Hide Myself Wherever I Go

 

Photographer Jackie Heitchue is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the project ‘Invented Inventory’ To see Jackie’s body of work, click on any image.

 

Cinnamon

 

The Weight of Water

 

The Threat of Joy

 

Sympathy for a Vampire

 

I have photographed my children for years, fascinated by their growth and our evolution as a family. Inevitably, as they have grown up and away, I have found myself searching for new subjects.  My emptied nest has been both a gift and a challenge.  I finally have the time to devote to my own pursuits, but the silence and solitude sometimes make it harder to ignore the chatter that populates my head.  Invented Inventory is a series of self-portraits cataloguing the thoughts, feelings, and attributes I’ve uncovered at this crossroads. Each image is a physical manifestation of some facet of my exploration.  By painting, sewing, collecting and constructing all of the elements of the final image, I create a work that is uniquely mine and mine to determine.  This control stands in contrast to the vulnerability I feel standing in front of the camera. Ultimately, it’s the balance between the two that interests me most.

 

Flight

 

She

 

What Will be Forgotten

 

The Fool

 

Crone

 

All images and text © Jackie Heitchue

 

 

See also:

What I Know so Far 

The Poetry of Mushrooms 

By Jackie Heitchue

 

 

 

 

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