The Revelation Project: How a Photograph Reminded Me of Who I Am

Self on 03.22.11
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All photos taken for the Revelation Project. 

It was a revelation that a photograph could serve as an anchor to harness my ever drifting perception of my self. Someday’s I loath myself, somedays I love myself. I am forever shifting my internal dialog from friend to foe seeking to stand balanced on a tumultuous sea of emotion as it relates to motherhood, love, identity, beauty, self esteem, and self acceptance. 

Monica Rodgers

Are we all this way? What I wouldn’t give to know that I am not alone in the storm of life. To have the ability to reach out and grab the hands of those beside me to steady one another so that we may navigate ourselves in the forward direction of our inner horizons. Isn’t this the stuff of life? What are we here for if not to learn?

Life can easily be squandered in front of the television, or in hideouts and distractions at every turn. As a woman, we know many -- in our homes, our workplaces, our relationships and responsibilities. At what point do we stop hiding and make a new commitment to our selves, a commitment to be seen? It is only when we begin to see our authentic selves that we that we can expect for others to really see and experience us as our most powerful self. 

And with that, the Revelation Project was born. 
On a cold afternoon this past winter, my friend and I -- sick, and tired of "it" -- embarked on a day of indulgence.  We played dress up, put on some makeup and shot each other with our cameras. It was joyful, and fun, and incredibly silly.  However, as we sat there editing the shots something magical happened. We realized that the process was completely cathartic and that other women might think so, too. 

The Revelation Project -- a photographic adventure designed to reveal and remind women of their deepest and most powerful selves -- is about revealing ourselves to ourselves. Remembering who we are, befriending the “being” in the photograph, finding our truth, accepting our faults, and sharing the journey with others so that they may too find courage and solace in the safe harbor that is uniquely our own selves.  

To date, we have photograhed thirty women (and are booking more daily). We've done their hair, makeup, photoshoot, and professionally edited their photos. We've had so much fun and found even deeper inspiration as the project continues to grow in knowing that putting a woman in front of the lens and inviting her see her own self can be quite a transformational process. 

monica rodgers


Maybe it's trite, but nontheless I'm reminded of a quote from self-help guru Marianne Williamson:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?...

Join us as here and at The Revelation Project as we embark on a photo oddessy along side women as they explore topics of self esteem, identity, self acceptace, motherhood, beauty, and power. We'll be blogging and sharing insight and images from our journey. We hope you'll join the Revelation. 

Monica Rodgers

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