July 24, 2006

Self-Portrait as_________Week Four:



Water (in its pure form) is a tasteless, odorless substance that is essential to all known forms of life and is known also as the universal solvent. It appears colorless to the naked eye in small quantities, though it can be seen to be blue in large quantities or with scientific instruments. An abundant substance on Earth, water exists in many forms. It appears mostly in the oceans and polar ice caps, but also as clouds, rainwater, rivers, freshwater aquifers, and sea ice. Water in these bodies continuously moves through a cycle of evaporation, precipitation, and runoff to the sea. Clean water is essential to human health and in many parts of the world it is in short supply.

About 72% of the fat free mass of the human body is made of water. To function properly, the body requires between one and seven litres of water per day to avoid dehydration, the precise amount depends on the level of activity, temperature, humidity, and other factors.

That is the science of water courtesy of Wikipedia. Here is the poerty of it.
For this week’s Self- Portrait Challenge, I have chosen my Self-Portrait as WET.



I feel most alive when I am wet. Whether it is swimming in a pool, the ocean, walking in the rain, or taking a shower, my body makes more sense when it is wet. Ever since I was a kid, summers have meant swimming, sprinklers, and bronzing skin dotted with droplets of water. Still today my day does not feel complete until I have had my shower. When living in Africa without running water, I learned to better appreciate the wonder of water and how life without it can be much more difficult and less enjoyable.

When wet, I feel as if my skin disappears and my 72% of water is merging with the H2O in the atmosphere. Some people say that they prefer the cold weather because you can bulk up, but if it is hot you can only get so naked. These people do not understand the magic of wetness. To observe water and truly understand its role on our planet is to better understand the universe. So take a look at an ocean, a cloud, a river, or a droplet falling from your faucet. Of course what better way to learn from water than to be wet!

17 comments:

  1. Very cool photo!

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  2. Awesome picture and fitting words. Well done!!

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  3. I loved what you said about water and the photo was amazing...especially in B&W.

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  4. i love water too- but i don't swim :)

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  5. haha. part man, part Aqualung! I am never so happy as when in the ocean...usually the Gulf of Mexico..
    I hope you took a little trip over to the PeaceTrain today to see your post there!!

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  6. allonpaper7:57 AM

    Your self portraits are always so amazing. Really.

    Thanks for your comment!

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  7. Thank God for water! Yeah, I feel Blah until I get my shower, it revitalizizes(where's spell check when you need it?lol) you! for sure!!! I can FEEL it! Great SP!

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  8. Oh, I really like this self-portrait. So different, yet one everyone can relate to. Very nicely done.

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  9. awesome SPC entry, but it is the next few posts that really caught my attention.

    it's always nice to find a brother on the other side of the planet. i agree and feel the same way as you do. this current abuse and aggression and hatred and absolute disrespect for human life in lebanon is sickening saddening and really depressing. how can we let this shit continue.

    great to have found your blog.

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  10. Love it, but need to go grab a towel now ;)

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  11. Your portrait is fabulous and I loved reading the reasons behind what you chose this week. Fascinating!

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  12. I LOVE it! That is an awesome picture...

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  13. If someone says your posts are all wet, you'll know what to say.

    Good post.

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  14. Fabulous photo! i love your long hair :) i saw pics of your new little one from your other blog....she is just too adorable...congrats :)

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  15. wonderful wonderful wonderful -- three wonderfuls

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