How to Shoot a Pagan

Day 40 of #100Daychallenge


I’m going on a photoshoot tomorrow. The photographer is taking photos of pagan people living in Galway. She and I are meeting by the beach. I’m not sure what to expect. I’m not sure how we can “paganify” my look for the camera.

I’ve had a few thoughts. I could do a simple ceremony at the shore. I could wade into the water and speak to the elements. I could do all sorts of things with ritual and prayer and druidic jazz hands. But really, is that real? I rarely do those sorts of things. I pray, but generally it’s a a few breaths of acknowledgement. I talk to the elements but it’s about my day. Mostly, my paganism looks like a man going for a walk.

Making that exterior, playing to the camera, putting on a show, is there integrity in any of that? My paganism is such an ordinary part of my life, I find it hard to imagine what capturing it on camera looks like. But then, what is the subject, me or my paganism?


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