Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Black and White and Me All Over

This is my Round Robin Photo Challenge entry.  This week's theme, as suggested by Dawn of Dawn's Drivel, is  "Who I Am in Black & White."

Karen Funk at home in Manlius, 1964.Madeleine L'Engle has said that she is every age she's ever been.  The creative bookworm child, the awkward adolescent, the young woman in love, the mother, the older woman - they're all still inside her, part of her, helping to make her who she is now.  All those Madeleines are filtered through the prisms of memory and fiction, becoming Meg Murray O'Keefe and Vicky Austin, Polly O'Keefe and Katherine and Camilla and Flip and Charlotte in her many novels. 

Well, all that sounds right to me.  So who am I?  I'm this shy seven-year-old with the hand-me-down bike.  I'm JaRu's best friend, age 13, off around town as we experiment with a couple of cameras.  I'm the high school student without a date for the prom after Dan moves to Texas.  I'm the 19-year-old who's barely coping with her parents' divorce.  I'm the 22-year-old who can't handle writing the last few English papers to graduate.  I'm the newlywed, on honeymoon in the rain in John's 1962 Falcon van. I'm the co-owner and manager of Rockarama, packing up for another Pittsburgh record show.  I'm the vagabond on a road trip, writing about Route 66.  I'm the lonely wife, finally writing the rest of her stalled novel while John is out of town.  I'm the long-time employee of Worldwide Travel.  I'm the UoP student who is bummed out by the single undeserved B after a long string of As.  I'm the successful job candidate, crying in a stairwell as the shock wave hits me. I'm the blogger who takes too many pictures and writes too many words, and checks for fresh comments a little too often.  I'm all of these people, at their best and at their worst, and I've learned something from all of them.

me, 8/16/05   sketch filter.
Left:  self portrait by digital camera.  Right:  The same photo, filtered with a "sketch" effect.  Not very flattering, is it?

Art by Sherlock
I'm also all the people who live only in my head, in Word files, on computer screens and on printed pages.  I'm Joshua Wander, and I'm Rachel Grayson.  I'm Rani and Carli, Fayubi and Li, Darsuma and Cathma.  Oh, I'm not quite as honest or fearless or tactless as Cathma (or her counterpart Crel, for that matter), but she's at least as big an influence on me as the seven-year-old with the bike is.  Rani, that dark-skinned teenaged boy and sometime monster, is even more a part of me than Cathma is, despite the lack of physical resemblence.

Left:  Art by Sherlock.  Below:  Photo by Karen.

Undisguised Karen

Cathma is part of me.
Crel lurks inside me.

Left: This one is based on the top photo (flipped).  I wish I really looked like this!

Karen by the numbers:

Born: 3/10/1957.
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: never mind.

On second thought, I don't think I want to make things quite that black and white.


Time to go a-visiting!

Round Robin Welcome & Rules Of Play:

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ondinemonet said...

Hi Karen

This is wonderful! I Love the photo of you as a young cute! All of them are a wonderful and fun look at ya! Very Cool!

Always, Carly :)

alphawoman1 said...

great!!!! Love the little girl look! Hoe'd you  do that? lol

tc01hm said...

Creative and talented too entwined with all those wisdom points in your life!

csandhollow said...

I love how you have intertwined your story withthe pictures.

sonensmilinmon said...

Very creative how you did this. :-)  The little girl looks like a friend I had years ago - her name was Adele.  


deveil said...

This is one of my favorite images.  Madeline L'Engle was one of my favorite writers starting in the 8th grade.  Thanks for this entry.  Beautiful images of you all in black and white.


ryanagi said...

The photo blends of you and Cathma are really cool looking! You have a much healthier definition of "self"...very well thought out.  I like that idea that we are who we were, are, and will be. Past, present, future. Neat.

krobbie67 said...

Wow! I think the words of your entry are as poignant as the pictures. Those superimposed pics (I think that's the right word) are cool too. :-) ---Robbie

botdotdotdot said...

The photo of you as a child with that quote was perfect for this edition.  Applause!

sassydee50 said...

Love what you wrote about the Madelines. Like the very last one of you now the best; kewl look. Excellent entry! TY~Sassy ;-)

auburndawn said...

I've read this entry three times...  didn't have time to comment before, but wanted to tell you I just love it!  You sound so much like me...  it was a fun read!


cw2smom said...

Great entry and photos! I love the effects on the various photos!  Lisa