Me, Myself


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.


About Debra Cowie

Debra is a photographer and visual storyteller based in Ottawa, Canada. She is an explorer at heart, whose passion for photography was born in travel and has been carried with her to more than 30 countries so far. Debra is also an avid cook and baker and much of her current work focuses on food styling and photography in her serendipitously beautifully lit kitchen. She has flirted with Polaroid and 35mm film photography but her true love is her DSLR (aka "Boyfriend Mark").
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5 Responses to Me, Myself

  1. Heidi says:

    I want your boots! Seriously, Unravelling really did help with getting past the self-portrait fear didn’t it? I think my favorite from above is you holding the iphone of…you!

  2. Jessica says:

    I love that clear chair…and your boots. I hate having photos taken of myself but then I usually regret not taking photos to capture myself at a certain place or point in my life.

  3. Debra says:

    Heidi the idea for iPhone photo was “inspired” (i.e. copied) from fellow Picture Inspirations contributor MissyE. It’s fun.

    I’m thinking of making a series of me standing on that chair in various shoes, socks and outfits…

    Thanks for stopping by ladies!

  4. Celina Wyss says:

    Those are all great, especially love the one on the chair!

  5. Diana Foster says:

    Love your blog and art! Met you in Picture Inspiration. Have a great day!

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