Photo: A joyful self portrait. Here my son had grabbed the camera from my hands and is rebelling with glee by taking a picture without permission. Once the camera was in hand, I admittedly let him take the picture as to avoid a meltdown.
Yes we were in a car, but it was parked. I was trying to quickly snap my own portrait before taking the film into be developed but failed so miserably that I won't be publishing it. My brow was furrowed and I looked strained. His happy attempt was much more successful. Frida Kahlo looks strained in this picture but unlike my own attempt, it is a successful kind of strained. This is a portrait that will be long remembered, unlike my son's picture or my own (which I need to delete). Kahlo's work deserves the recognition. She probably took hours to create her portraits, while my son took all of five seconds to capture his. Anyway, this well known artist dealt with pain for most of her life which may account for the strained expression.
Like my son, Kahlo was also a rebel of sorts. Although born in 1907, she claimed her birth date was during the same year as the start of the Mexican revolution. She also refused to buckle to the expectations of seeing ladies without excess facial hair or a unibrow. The depiction of facial hair in her portraits was her trademark. I could rebel in that fashion, but would rather not!! Call it vanity, self preservation or just plain timidity.
My point: Rebellion has it's advantages sometimes. Kahlo's rebellion led to a successful painting career. It gives me hope. It's possible he could be a photographer, director or have some other successful career. My son rebels against us and his teacher at times. But fortunately sometimes rebellion means putting a new way of thinking out into the world. It can also mean staying strong and confidant.