Friday, 30 December 2011

Day 349

As this project winds to a close, I feel like it's time to push the envelope, and do something brave.

I have a scoliosis (curvature of the spine). It's not a severe one, but it gives me constant discomfort. It's the reason why I took up yoga twelve years ago, and one of the many, many reasons why I'll continue to have a daily yoga practice for the rest of my life.

I was diagnosed with scoliosis thirty years ago, but I've never looked at my back in all that time,  so I thought it was time to confront the truth by taking a photograph.

The reality:

This is me standing up as straight as I can. And a yoga practitioner can stand up damned straight!

Finally acknowledging the truth of what my back looks like felt like enough medicine for one day, so I decided to help the medicine go down with a spoonful of sugar. So I created a 'kinder' shot of my back. I'm not sure whether it's my way of telling my back 'It's okay, I love you really', or whether it's simply a way of massaging my ego. If I'm being honest, I think it's more of the latter than the former.

The fantasy:

Soft focus rules!


  1. I see nothing wrong, Helen. It's sad that you're in pain, though.

  2. I think your back is beautiful Helen. No need to hide anything.