With Sage and Cedar

by: Kimberly deLeon

withsageandcedar
Image description: a tree on fire is reflected in a small lake on a brown ground. There is a rock to the right, and an out of focus house in the foreground.

With Sage and Cedar

13 in. x 9 in.

digital photograph

2017

From the artist: With Sage and Cedar explores fire as a purifying cleansing force. It’s peaceful in its power and beautiful in its destruction, because the destruction is an important part of growth and change. The red roof hut here is my home with my husband and children. It’s the sprouting me that has grown out of the purification of the old me(s). Or, more broadly, it’s the embrace of self, of woman, of becoming a truer self.


Kimberly deLeon started Lift Magazine in the spring of 2017 as a personal project to both create and seek out socially responsible art. She is a recovering scientist, a recovering Mormon, and a recovering know it all. Her creative endeavors include baking, photography, and creative writing, but she would rather spend all that time watching British TV. She and her husband live in Fort Worth, Texas with their two children and their Yorkie, BamBam.


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3 thoughts on “With Sage and Cedar

    1. Thanks! I’ve been exploring photography lately, using fire as a metaphor for a cleansing and rebirth. My first photo (Lilith’s Final Warning, posted earlier) focuses on fire as a violent, powerful, and somewhat uncontrollable force. It’s represented by Lilith, and the red roof hut – the target of Lilith’s ire – is inspired by menstrual huts but more broadly, represents all the boxes we put femininity and womanhood into.

      But this photo, With Sage and Cedar, explores fire as a purifying cleansing force. It’s peaceful in its power and beautiful in its destruction, because the destruction is an important part of growth and change. The red roof hut here is my home with my husband and daughters. It’s the sprouting me that has grown out of the purification of the old me(s). Or, more broadly, it’s the embrace of self, of woman, of everything that was vilified and put in the box in the first photo.

      In both photos, I am (or the viewer is) the fire. So I wanted the photo to focus there, and hoped to highlight that by having a reflection in the water as well.

      Thanks for looking!

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