by Isabel Martín López

noun  chrys·a·lis   \ ˈkri-sə-ləs \
1. a : a pupa of a butterfly; broadly : an insect pupa
b : the hardened outer protective layer of a pupa
2: a protecting covering : a sheltered state or stage of being or growth


I remember how the sun reflected on the mirror while my sister was showering. I guess we were talking about something mundane, I was not paying much attention to that, but I felt amazed by the light filling the room, playing games with the little drops coming down the glass and my sister’s big eyes. I took the camera and started to shoot while she kept talking. Later, while I was looking at the pictures, I realised all of a sudden that something had changed, she was not anymore the breezy child or the fragile teenager that I had in mind and instead I was looking at a young woman-to-be.

Recently I showed her the photographs and I asked her about her opinion, her answer was: “I can only think about a chrysalis, that is not only a place of change or metamorphosis but also a kind of permanent state”.


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