Posting on the internet is a hazardous thing. Your work is open to everyone who wishes to see it and open to criticism.
Of course I'm aware of that.
Some people use the anonymity of the internet to make other people feel bad.
Of course I was aware of that.
I know there are people out there who say, if you post self portraits, if you expose yourself like that, you know it can happen to you... I find that absurd!!
May it be the reality, does that make the reality okay??? I say no.
If people do not like what they see, they can easily walk away. And in any case, nothing gives a person the right to say something offensive or distasteful, just to make someone feel bad about themselves!
I know of women who left the public domain, because of continued (sexual) harassments. It's such a sad fact.
I have received messages, comments (not here on PB, although it obviously can happen anywhere), words that made me feel so bad about myself, so utterly insecure about my work, and made me want to hide as far away as possible... But, I WILL NOT DO THAT! I will not give them that power over me. I will not hide in silence. I will regain my strenght and find my balance again and I will not let them destroy what I loved to do so much.
* this picture was taken unrelated to the events, but seemed appropriate to post today.