Her Grandmother’s Corset

 Happiness is the sublime moment when

 you get out of your corset at night. 

   Joyce Grenfell

© Sharon Birke

 Juska’s grandmother

would have been proud

to see these photographs of

her granddaughter fitting her corset–

a remnant of a forgotten time

when she was once a young woman

with her own uncertain hopes

and unlived dreams.

Did her grandmother know

what a beautiful woman she was?

Grandmother's Corset Boudoir by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

Or did she think her thighs were too big?

Her butt too lumpy?

What were her fears?

How was she fierce?

Grandmother's Corset Boudoir by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

How much did she like herself?

How much did she give to herself?

Grandmother's Corset by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

What were her dreams, fantasies

and unforgivable sins?

Grandmother's Corset Boudoir by sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

 Would she have recognized

her strength and courage

in Juska’s playfulness?

Her sensuality?

Grandmother's Corset Boudoir by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

Would she have chosen a life

without children

to spare her belly and breasts

from stretch marks,

her heart from disappointments,

her contribution

as the glue of society unrecognized?

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Did she want to wear her hair short

but couldn’t?

What freedoms did she long for?

 Strive for?  And win?

Grandmother's Corset by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

And what about

the woman in the corset today?

How much more free

does Juska believe herself to be

in our culture of optional corsets?

Grandmother's Corset Boudoir by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

Does she fret about

not filling her grandmother’s bra size?

Are her answers

to the questions above

any different?

Grandmother's Corset Boudoir by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

The story of

her grandmother’s corset lives on–

an heirloom less valuable than jewelry,

invaluable as a silent witness

to a woman’s story.

Grandmother's corset by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

This is how photography honors

the sacred ties that bind us.

 This is the power of creative portraiture.

Leave your own legacy.


© Sharon Birke

PowerfulGoddess@me.com

www.PowerfulGoddess.com

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  Juska Duval so loved my narrative for her photos that

she translated this piece into Italian without my asking!!!  Read on…
La nonna di Juska
sarebbe stata orgogliosa
di vedere queste fotografie della
nipote dove indossa il suo corsetto,
un residuo di un tempo dimenticato
quando era una volta una giovane donna
con le sue speranze incerte
e i suoi sogni di una vita non vissuta.
Sua nonna sapeva che bella donna fosse?
Oppure pensava le sue cosce fossero troppo grandi?
pensava che il suo sedere fosse troppo formoso?
Quali erano le sue paure?
Quanto si piaceva?
E quanto dedicava a se stessa?
Avrebbe riconosciuto, la sua forza e il coraggio
nella giocosità Juska ?
La sua sensualità?
Avrebbe scelto una vita senza figli?
Per risparmiare il suo ventre e il seno
dalle smagliature,
il suo cuore da delusioni ?
Forse voleva portare i capelli corti
ma non poteva?
Che libertà le ha dato il tempo?
Lottare per? E vincere per?
E che dire della donna in corsetto di oggi?
Quanto più libera?
Juska ci fa credere di esserlo nella nostra cultura di corsetti opzionali.
Si preoccupa di non riempire la taglia del reggiseno della nonna.
Cosa è cambiato da allora
cosa è diverso?
La storia di una donna vive con un cimelio di famiglia
meno consistente in valore di un gioiello,
ma inestimabile come testimonianza silenziosa.
Questo è il modo in cui la fotografia onora il legame sacro che ci lega.
Questo è il potere della ritrattistica creativa.

 

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jill Martin
    Oct 08, 2011 @ 05:31:08

    Sharon, I LOVE this post. Beautiful photographs presented with such poignant and thought-provoking words. Great work!!! You inspire me!!
    XO Jillamanda

    Reply

    • Powerful Goddess Photography
      Oct 08, 2011 @ 15:52:13

      I LOVE your appreciation, Jill! It is wonderful how we feed the flame of inspiration by following our joy. Thank you for sharing! xoxox

      Reply

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