Self-Portraiture: Take One
I have always been fascinated with the concept of self-portraiture. The concept of choosing how to present yourself to the world is so interesting… How do you photograph yourself? Do you try to tell a story? Convey a theme? Or do you try to find yourself through this medium of artistic expression? I don’t know how to answer any of these questions, nor do I know if those are the appropriate questions to ask in the first place. But regardless, I decided that I’d give self-portraiture a shot.
It happened rather spontaneously… I had gone out to find a quiet spot by the dried-up lake to study. I settled down on an old, rickety, lopsided dock and read Sophocles. An hour later, I peeked up from my book and noticed the way the sun’s rays filtered through the leaves and bounced off the grass. It was beautiful.
It was the perfect location and time for a photoshoot, but I was alone, with no one to put in front of the camera. So I wouldn’t lose the beauty of that incredible landscape, I figured I’d do a few self portraits. I didn’t have a tripod with me (actually, I didn’t even bring my tripod to college with me), but the dock had a few truncated pillars here and there that I made use of.
And when I finally got the background I wanted, I realized that self-portraiture would be much more difficult than I had expected. How would I focus my manual analogue film camera? How do I compose the photograph? How the heck do you know how a shot will come out when you can’t even see the subject (i.e. me) through the viewfinder? It was an incredible chore.
In any case, I went to get photos developed a couple days ago and I had quite mixed results. There were several that were unfocused, but some came out alright. I mean, considering that this is my first time doing self portraits, I think that they’re acceptable… I think…
Here are a few:
Feedback? Hints/tips? Suggestions? Critique?