Be Kind to Yourself

Be kind to yourself. It’s a tough lesson for me to learn, some days.

I tend to be my harshest critic sometimes. I forget that, like other humans, I have weaknesses. I have unreasonable expectations of myself (and other humans too, though this is about me me me me ME!), and am pretty harsh on myself when I fail to live up to them. You think I’m hard on the wankery of U.S. Republicans? You don’t even know the half until you’ve heard my internal monologue.

“You haven’t fixed that yet?”

“You really should have taken care of that weeks ago.”

“How did you miss that?”


The Tag Incident of 2011 - Model: Jessie
The Tag Incident of 2011 – Model: Jessie


“Those love handles aren’t getting any smaller, y’know.”

“It’s been months, and you’re still going on about *her*?”

I’m going to try to make it a point this year to be kinder to myself. You should too.



A very special thanks to my friend and client Jez, for allowing me to use this photo.



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 an intimate portraiture artist and wildlife photographer formerly based in Wilmington, NC. After 3 years of traveling the continent in his 2001 VW Passat, he's now settled in Seattle, Washington.

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