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“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

― Kahlil Gibran

It’s a big week here at the old photo camp! I’m finally launching two projects that have been on deck for ages. The first will be a continuing series called Scars of Ours, where I take photos of scars, and record the stories of how they came into existence. Is this a wildly new concept? Nope. Does it have nearly endless possibilities? Probably. Is it a labor of love where I get to combine three of my favorite things: people, photographs, and stories? Absolutely.

Soon, I will have a separate blog specifically for this project. In the meantime, here is my first installment. It seems only right that my friend Amber starts this project off. Taking her headshots in 2005 was one of the very first official jobs I had as a photographer. Over the years, she has played nice with my camera many times. We like her. Also, she’s a cool, lovely person, and a great storyteller. Here, she recounts how she got some beautiful little markings. Thanks so much, Amber.

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  • March 7, 2012 - 5:40 pm

    Stacy - I LOVE this!!! I remember you talking about it…so cool to see it come to fruition.

  • March 7, 2012 - 6:00 pm

    stacey - Thanks SO much, and let me know if you have something you’d like to capture. 🙂

  • March 7, 2012 - 11:37 pm

    Kate - I love this. I have a bumper sticker that says “scars are tattoos with better stories” because I am literally covered in them from a medical condition. It was funny after I got out of the hospital when I asked a dermatologist who was going to remove a skin tag if it would leave a scar. He started to answer and theme both realized how silly that was, like one tiny scar would make a difference at this point. I’ve even named some of them. There’s the horse, the spider web, the pearl and the show off.

  • March 8, 2012 - 4:08 am

    Stacy - I do have some scars… lets talk 🙂 and…oh my goodness I’m in love with the Tinies…maybe something there??

  • March 8, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    stacey - Kate, thanks for posting that great comment. Also, I love that you have a scar that you’ve named, “The Show Off”!

  • March 10, 2012 - 10:16 am

    Theresa - So glad you are working on this project. I really liked the idea when you shared it years ago. I would love to see a during picture to compare how much has been healed. Cool!

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