I have been nagging Jared to take photographs of me for a couple years. No easy task, taking a photograph of a photographer who prefers to photograph herself.


I coach him about how to hold the camera. "If you hold the camera that way, my body will look distorted. I have a wide angle lens!" Nobody likes being coached. Nobody likes to look distorted.

"Relax," he tells me. He'll make a funny face to make me laugh, but my face remains a frozen mask. Awkward and unnatural. Nobody likes to feel awkward and unnatural.


I like this photograph. I like that the Appalachian Sedge (Carex appalachica) is in focus. I like the fence, the trees. I like my unusual posture. And the scattered empty pots behind me. Maybe I'll cut myself some bangs, I think, as I look at this photograph.