Small Joy: The Aura Photograph

I keep a lot in my head. My inner life— the life I live inside my head is rich, as it goes for most artist I'd imagine. The most intimate glimpse you'll get at the inside of my head is through the art that I make. As such, I find it difficult to express what inspires me here on the screen. But I'm going to try anyway.

As I creep up on my forties, as my marriage settles (in the way an old house settles), as I watch my nieces grow, as friends shape-shift through their own life milestones, I look out over an expanse of intricacies that are woven together creating our lives. It's complicated. Our actions and outcomes are interlocked with each individual's psychological trauma, triumphs, relationships and experiences. For the last year, I have found a growing magic that occupies the same complicated expanse. I experience small imperfect vignettes of magic every day. These experiences bring me a lot of joy. In fact, they have reinforced mindfulness. I look for them now. They drive me to make.

Usually, these experiences do not yield a physical manifestation to hold and refer back to. Sometimes I am successful at this with the art I make. And sometimes you pay a few bucks to have your aura photographed for fun and end up with:

  1. A good picture of yourself! I am notoriously horrible looking in photos because I shrink away from the camera.

  2.  A physical object as proof of said goof picture. I can put it in a frame and hang it on a wall — kind of uncommon these days, right?

  3. An image that, per my reading from Bright Future Photo, was a perfect visual representation of my innermost feelings about the world around me at that moment. Enter confirmation bias joy.

So I wanted to share the photo and the reading. I hope you enjoy. I also encourage you to have your own aura photographed if you have the opportunity because FUN! 

Image created by    Bright Future    during the    Brave Daughters    Studio Party

Image created by Bright Future during the Brave Daughters Studio Party

Mapping the aura

  • Left side: Future

  • Center (above the head): Experience, present

  • Right side: Expressed energy, how people perceive your out-going energy


My primary colors were read as blue on the left and gold on the right with some exciting things happening over my head with violet and pink.

BLUE

Blue is a communication color. It indicates emotional intelligence, empathy and is a marker for transforming others through “loving listening” which is a term I like. For me listening is an act of love.

BLUE> VIOLET> PINK CROWN

This portion of the reading felt particularly poignant. My report noted that my depth of feeling best described me. Blue in this position indicates bliss, unity, truth, love and dedication. Violet denotes an other worldliness, lack of regard for convention and visionary leanings. But it could also be a result of the pink halo, which happens when you reflect back the love you receive. No surprise. This is an area where I am so fortunate.

Orange

Orange is associated with confidence, independence and creativity. A color every artist wants on their side and one that I strongly identify with.

IN CONCLUSION

All of these colors felt eerily articulate of my mental state, the work of that day and the company that evening. And now I will shamelessly post this image of my aura to all the places because of the joy it’s brought me and it’s accurate representation of my momentary inner landscape.

IN CONCLUSION

All of these colors felt eerily articulate of my mental state, the work of that day and the company that evening. And now I will shamelessly post this image of my aura to all the places because of the joy it’s brought me and, through confirmation bias, it is an accurate representation of my inner landscape.