david a December 15, 2015 You look beautiful – but a story about me …..Once upon a time I met a man who had written many books which were very popular around the world. I gave him my copy of The pilgrimage to sign but I could not stay long, so I collected it next day. He had left a message on the flysheet of the book. I had not mentioned to him that one of my brothers has recently died. But his message to me indicated he knew. He referred to me as a warrior of the heart. Interesting I thought. 18 years on and earlier this year I was exhausted by the stress and physical hard work of being a carer. Though always physically strong and fit and athletic I had a sudden heart attack. I died. I was very lucky; paramedics were nearby and I was revived and taken immediately to one of the best heart units I was recovering well in May I had to have major open heart surgery. I am ok now but much has changed in my outlook. I have been near death. I heard about your self portrait project. I am a keen photographer. I wanted a record of me as I am, before I get old. Of my body as it is. Clothed and naked. A trusted expert photographer friend agreed to take the photos; I learned from him how to pose and adopt the poses of the ancient Greek athletes. I’m nothing like them of course, too lean. Crazy but fun. I look at myself and see the imperfections. The 2 long operation scars – which are in fact fading. Strong legs but a slightly saggy bum. The still thick blond hair below which is an ageing craggy face. But that’s me . And that’s you Cristina, beautiful and compassionate and hopefully getting others to learn to love themselves, be loved and be lovers. I feel better about myself. I hope you do. It is cathartic. Accept your body and its perfections and imperfections. The butterfly wing effect of your project. The author was of course Paulo Coelho. With much love and admiration for you and your work. I hope for a lover also !