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Narcissus flower, by Anna Gunn

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Anna Gunn,
Narcisos, 2023

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As we are fast approaching spring, I for one can’t wait. It represents an awakening of creativity, inspiration and inner reflection.

I recently came across the painting Narcissus (painted between 1597 and 1599) by Caravaggio.

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Narcissus c. 1599

I hadn’t appreciated the mythology behind it until it recently popped into my Instagram feed. Apparently, it is only one of two that Caravaggio painted on the theme of Greek Mythology. This one takes inspiration from the handsome youth Narcissus who falls in love with his own reflection, and then is unable to tear himself away, perishing on the spot.

But it is the moment after this where the spring flower Narcissus is said to have sprung from and first appeared.

I find myself after a winter of self-reflection and inward looking it appropriate to use the Narcissus as the muse for this image.

My photo is a modern take on this classic myth of Narcissus. It serves as a reminder of the importance of not getting too caught up in ourselves, while still appreciating the beauty of self-reflection. I had so much fun creating this photo, and I hope it brings a smile to your face too!

Anna Gunn Atril press
I’m Anna, and I’m a creator based in a little town just outside of Porto in the north of Portugal. For me, the best part of creating is the thrill of not knowing what’s around the next corner, and I’m always looking for new adventures. I use a variety of tools to express myself, but photography, videography, and podcast/audio production are my go-tos. I love sharing my process with others and am always open to mentoring and collaboration to help others grow. I believe that when we support each other, we all become stronger. And one more thing, I particularly love working with female voices and artists. Let’s create something amazing together!
Foto: @teresabagshaw

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