Holding Hands – A Self-Portrait

Holding Hands with Nature

Holding Hands with Nature

On the most basic of levels, this is a photograph of overlapping leaves that I took using a Lensbaby Composer. But when I saw the photograph, it seemed to be much more than a few leaves, it seemed to be another one of those self-portraits I occasionally take that aren’t an actual self-portrait, but a metaphorical portrait of self.

I look at this and see a photograph of holding hands. And I make the connection. I hold hands with nature when I am out in nature, sometimes taking photographs, sometimes hiking or camping, in lots of ways, in close relationship with the natural world.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. That’s incredibly creative, I love it. 😀

  2. Joanna Young says:

    Stunning! And a beautiful reminder of just what we’re doing when we’re outside 🙂

  3. That is very interesting! I like this and as a ‘self-portrait’. 🙂

  4. Interesting self-portrait, and I appreciate the insights into nature, architecture etc that you provide through your photos and blog.

  5. Beautiful shot Bo, great eye in capturing this, like your symbolic view on this !!

  6. Beautiful image; interesting analogy. I haven’t explored the Lensbaby yet. That might be something I need to add to my bag….

  7. Oh wow! Very cool! There is also an embryonic look or even an otherworldly look to this image as well.

  8. wow, very original!

  9. Very nice, Bo. Your philosophy about self and nature is truly revealed in this photo. Love it.

  10. Yes, I can see how this is a metaphorical self-portrait. It reminds me of an ultrasound, the image of a babies fingers en utero.

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