May Meng  


June 30th, my 30th. by May Meng

June 2020 - June 30th, my 30th.

About the Image(s)

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV,f/22, 2.5 ratio setting: 1:1

I made this self-portrait of experiencing the ageing and this special period of the time zone in NYC, feeling light head full of darkness, while there still has peace in my soul. My independence and dream to be free as an artist will marching through the darkness. And the ratio setting is specific to emphasize everything related edges of our ages.


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10 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi May, You are clearly a philosophical photographer. The image is entirely ambiguous allowing us to think our own thoughts without being attached to a specific subject. We assume that we see neck and shoulders. The bright area seems to radiate from the heart below. Is it warmth/love? Is it the energy of creation? Is it the pain of cardiac arrest? You have visually left it up to each of us to decide in our own mind. Do you work in psychology? Perhaps this selfie reveals more about the individual viewer than about the person in the picture. Karl   Posted: 06/07/2020 16:50:53
May Meng   May Meng
Hi Kerl, thanks so much for mentioning about "philosophical photographer" since I pretty much enjoy that concept of defining my art creating, and most about thinking the purpose of life and what is the art itself, with questions and many many debate with myself. And I do have a background of psychology!! That is also what I'm enjoying about to explore, to touch or reach, the deeper intimidate part of our own or viewer's own.   Posted: 06/12/2020 19:57:37

Marie Miller   Marie Miller
Hi May, I was drawn to your image first. It's so different than what I'm used to. I wasn't sure whether I liked the shadow on the surface behind the model, but the shadow can tell help to tell the story. Maybe she is facing her projected innerself. It is as if she were submerged in water and her hair suspended, yet to settle. She is unafraid and wants to learn what lies beyond.   Posted: 06/09/2020 21:51:23
May Meng   May Meng
Hi Marie!
Thanks so much for your comment! Yeah, since I have not planned the photograph, it happened in a moment I do not have any pose for the camera to create any self-portrait, and mixing with messy thoughts of future, maybe it's a moment of "Still Unknown", but pushing myself to embrace whatever comes next.   Posted: 06/12/2020 20:11:19

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Hi May....I very much enjoyed your submission this month....so minimalist, yet so very complex. I wondered about the darker mirror image of your shoulders...perhaps a sign of reflection. The blacks and whites and subtle grey tones of the image allow the imagination to wander....the darker shapes...the whispy shaded area on the neck. Just lovely. Thank you May.   Posted: 06/12/2020 00:13:52
May Meng   May Meng
Hi Valerie, Thank you for your wonderful words! I guess the darker shoulder more like a battle to get rid off or as you mentioned a confession to overcome.
  Posted: 06/12/2020 20:38:54

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
May, this is a stunning image. Its minimalistic simplicity drew me to it at first glance. Your description of what it means to you is beautiful. I especially like the shadow of the shoulders. I see faint streaks of light radiating from the shadow. For me the dark shadow represents the unknown into which the figure is moving. The light rays beckon and foretell a bright future.   Posted: 06/12/2020 11:05:39
May Meng   May Meng
Hi Judith, Thanks for your sweet comments! I always try to contemplate as while I'm creating, sometimes concept not as the originals but I feel maybe our process not have to prepare for the destination, since destination only one, but paths are plenty. And this is a moving shot, which I just jump up from my chair!   Posted: 06/12/2020 22:40:15

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Hi May, I think this is very symbolic, and interesting. Interesting is often a word I use when I don't understand much of it. I find it very symbolic that you did not photograph a head...just shoulders and light. Sometimes what psychologists carry is so much in their heads...we have to wonder what is in our hearts, what burdens we carry on our shoulders.   Posted: 06/21/2020 13:24:17

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I think I agree with Karl the most: this is a photo that evokes more from the viewer than it tells us about the subject. Why is she facing the wall? Why are her shoulders and neck only in the light? What would she see if she turned around? Is she totally naked? Why? There is a lot to ponder in this photo, and that's great!   Posted: 06/21/2020 15:16:11