12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Your Scars are Light

We all have scars, inside and out. We have freckles from sun exposure, broken bones, wound scar, emotional trigger points, painful memories in the past or broken hearts. However our scars manifest, we need not feel ashamed. It is beautiful to have lived, really lived, and to have the marks to prove it. It’s not a competition—as in “My scar is better than your scar" - but it’s a testament of our inner strength. It's the grace point between what hurts and what heals, between the shadow of tragedy and the light of joy. We may hurt, but we will heal and there’s beauty in our scars.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2012
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Kalbe, Germany
Camera: NIKON D90
Copyright: © Anh Tu Nguyen