The I Love Me Wall

I have a wall in my library/dining room at Galerie Chez Louis that I call the I Love Me Wall. It’s where I hang my awards and such. The term dates back to my old days in the U.S. Army, when we all had a wall at home on which would hang all our medals and decorations and that sort of crap.

There are a few things that still need to be printed and hung, like my book cover, the two times my shots have been featured in Endurance magazine, and the piece I did for the 2012 UNCW All Student Art Show (which will post here later tonight).

What’s hanging there now, above the bookshelves from left to right, are my Ordination Certificate from the Society of Celebrations, the program flyer and piece that won Best of Show at the 2011 UNCW All Student Art Show, my Associate’s Degree in Biology and Biology Education from Coastal Carolina Community College (above) and Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from UNCW (below), a large space reserved for when I get the 2012 piece printed and framed, and the program from that show.

Sitting in boxes, below the reserved space, are my mother’s papers, which I’ve still not opened, and .. well, my mother. Her ashes, anyway, still unopened.



To repeat the disclaimer, this is a project about re-discovery. It’s about remembering who I am, what I’m about, what I love and what I do not. Fair warning, this project will be posted here rather than at my SFW site because there will be nudity from time to time. Some of it will be of me, some not, some artistic and pretty to look at, some just raw.

I don’t intend to think of something every day and then shoot it, though I may do that sometimes, too. But sometimes I will just shoot, and then find something about myself in the frames and post about that thing, whatever it is.

All my #365SelfDiscovery posts will be filed here.


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Louis Shackleton is a boudoir, portrait, art, event, and wildlife photographer formerly based in Wilmington, NC and now traveling the continent in his 2001 VW Passat named Gypsy.

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