Thank you WP Daily Post. Fairly new to the blogosphere, I decided to take on this week’s writing challenge and learn the features of image editing within WordPress.
Wow. A great lesson in more ways than one.
I searched through my photos and chose this one that is actually an “oops” in picture taking. The original is one of many I snapped leaning out of my upstairs bedroom window of a firetruck parked in front of my home. Just before Christmas last year, my small neighborhood of townhomes awoke in the middle of the night to a raging house fire. So large that the street was impassable, packed with a dozen firetrucks from other towns and a nearby city. Add ambulances and other rescue vehicles and it felt like a disaster scene from a movie. It was one of the most frightening events I have ever witnessed. As you can imagine, my hands were not too steady when I shot this picture!
The photo image is the blurred effect of the flashing lights on the truck. When I started to edit and flip it around, something immediately stood out. Do you see it? To me, it resembled a figure — head, arms draping on the sides — even what appeared in the background to be a window in the upper left-hand corner (it’s actually part of the truck).
Then it struck me – I saw myself in the figure.
That’s me and that’s my MS. I always thought the shot looked “electrifying,” but flipping it around, a slight crop, and then seeing those squiggly lines inside a body form? That’s what multiple sclerosis is all about. Nerve damage causes the electrical communication system that pulses throughout our bodies to be incomplete. Just the fact alone that this comes from a blurred photograph is a reminder of MS vision woes. And all those dastardly squiggly remnants of lost messages. What’s even weirder, to my eyes anyway, is the two bright orange v’s, in what could be seen as a leg. That’s the left side facing the photo, but actually the right side of the figure – my most troubled leg. Insert spooky music of choice here!
This Daily Post challenge was a great experience – I’m inspired to sign up for photography classes as I want to snap my own vintage-inspired photos for my blog posts.