19 May 2010

HNT - 5th Anniversary


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Half-Nekkid Thursday (HNT for those of you in "the know") is celebrating its 5th anniversary this week. Pretty darn amazing for a "meme" - even a photo meme - to remain so strong for that long. In celebration of this accomplishment, HNT has an anniversary theme this week - one that lured me back to participate "just one more" time.

The theme? Re-post your very first HNT and a current re-creation of that picture.

I first "officially" participated in HNT over two years ago not really thinking about where it would take me. It took me on quite a journey. What is ironic is that although I gained much during my participation in HNT, what I had hoped to gain - validation - continues to elude my grasp, because I continue to look for it externally. I know that, and I know that what I once saw as the failings of HNT and the HNT community were really my own personal failings.

Some day, I hope to find that place where being me is good enough for the one person that really matters ... me!

This is where it all started in February 2008


*CLICK* the picture for my "artistic" re-creation of the original.
(And yes, the *CLICK* is actually quite safe for work, or small children, or fuzzy kittens.)

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22 comments:

Osbasso said...

A nice variation to the original! You still got it!

Emmy said...

I think you raise a good point in your words. Validation and self-acceptance are tied together more tightly than people realize. May you find both within yourself.

And, I must say, I do miss the creativity you brought to HNT. You had some amazing photos that conveyed emotion that few photographers can do when taking a self portrait.

I will have to say, that your celebration of HNT has done it again.

Well done, Dana!
~Emmy

Vixen said...

Love the first and the click. The photography has always been excellent over here Dana :)

Anonymous said...

Love the recreation!

I remember that first one!

Barefoot Dreamer said...

You are a beauty - but you are right it comes from within

Jaimey said...

Lovely!

Another Suburban Mom said...

Both beautiful photos, each telling their own story.

Well done.

Maggie said...

Both versions are lovely, so happy to see your skills back for this anniversary!

Doc said...

Love it !

Matt-Man said...

I wanna bite that neck of yours and then lick it til my tongue melts. Woo Hoo. Cheers Dana!!

Jay said...

Great photo Dana!

Jay said...

Uh .. That was supposed to be "photoS" ;-)

Professor Fate said...

I started playing for validation, too. But I found it not in page views or comments, I found out it was OK to express myself. It was OK to venture just a little past my comfort zone. I also found validation in the relationships that half nekkid (or more).

I hope you find some of the same peace I did, whoever you find it.

Genevieve said...

Of course that first picture is great, but the recreation ... WOW! I really like that one. Very soft and so beautiful.
Happy HNT.

lecram sinun said...

And a fine entry point it was too. Cheers & Happy HNT Anniversary!

13messages said...

Here's to the journey and it taking you to where you need. I've really enjoyed reading what you so kindly and expressly share over the years. My best to you and Cam. You're folks I admire.

Karen said...

Now that I am not working and I can appreciate the NSFW HNT, you do a pure one! ;-)

Great photos.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Love them both...so soft and sensuous

Jobthingy said...

that recreation is just lovely.

HHNT :)

Elle said...

Love the click! Glad you participated :)

Ms Scarlett said...

Two very lovely pictures. Nicely done!

Joker_SATX said...

Superb!