So last time I mentioned that I would be taking Picture Inspiration. I loved taking Tracey Clark’s Picture the Holidays in December and with this new class she will be providing photo inspiration every week for the next year. The “Picture” community is a lovely and supportive place to share and be inspired, so I’m glad to be a part of it for the next year.
Tracey’s first prompt for us was to take a self portrait. I know that I’m not alone in that I often hate photos of myself. One of the (many, many) great outcomes of Unravelling for me is that over the 8 weeks of the course I became more and more comfortable turning my lens on myself. One of the keys for me has been learning the best angles from which to photograph my face [hint, always from just above eye-level!]. Another thing is that as I get more into photography I’m able to have a little artistic distance. I can look at myself more as the subject of the photo and focus more on whether I am interested in the photo than on how pretty I look (or not). Also, let’s face it, post processing helps. The photo above was taken with my iPhone and there is no way in hell that I would have posted the unedited version, which was taken in my bathroom (terrible light) at around 9pm (with make-up unrefreshed since 7am). Seriously scary stuff but the processing turns it into something that I find interesting.
It’s a good thing that I’m ok with self portraits because when you live alone you can run out of photo subjects pretty quickly! This week I (finally) got a tripod, which opens up a whole new world of self-portraits so I played around a little over the weekend.
p.s. I have a dear friend (a super talented photographer) who says that everyone is photogenic. I totally agree.