A photographer and I went to what used to be a confederate monument to take the pictures you see above for his "Enthroned" project. When we got to the location which is in the middle of a busy New Orleans intersection, I got nervous. The stone is as tall as it looks in the pictures above. Plus I was cognitive of the recent protests and threats surrounding the removal of the statue that once sat on the stone. The photographer looked at me and asked, "are you down to do this?" I looked back at him and simply said, "you got the right one today." However, my inner Sam was saying, "Ummm, no he doesn't!" He grabbed a chair and ladder out of his car and off to the tall stone we went.
In an ankle length skirt, I proceeded to climb all the way to the top of the stone. People began honking, some recording me on their cell phones, some were yelling "go girl!", others were frowning and possibly yelling expletive language. But here I was, perched on top of the tall stone, drowning out the noise and posing every time the camera flashed.
While up there sweating with my legs shaking, I thought to myself...."this is exactly how it feels when I'm reaching new heights and growing." - uncomfortable, unsure at times, constant noise, go girl shouts, voyeurism, shady judgment, and sweat. But I stayed up there and kept shooting, because I knew that with exaltation comes hard work and awkward feelings. When I finally came down and saw the pictures, I was grateful for the entire experience.
Welcome any challenge or chance to be exalted in your life. Rise to the occasion, sit firmly in your position, handle your business, drown out the noise and wait for the beautiful picture to unfold - it will be all worth it.
Peace and Blessings,
- Samjah Iman
Cross Choker by www.intuition.la.
Photo Credit: www.visualalchemyphoto.com