Self Portraits, or "selfies" society has affectionately called them. They are often negatively associated and linked with being full of yourself or narcissistic.
Ever since I was about 15 I started in an obsession with taking pictures of myself. I think most teenage girls go through this, especially in a day where we just click our camera app on our phones and there is our face looking back at us. Back in my day we had to maneuver our cameras backwards to capture a shot and if you did this enough then you could get a pretty decent shot, or there was always your self timer as well. Today it is all too easy to take a "selfie."
The thing with my self portrait phase was, that it never ended. I continue to once in a while enjoy updating my self portrait and experiment with different lighting and variables. I think a self portrait is so expressive of that person and what they think, what they love, and who they are.
For me, self portraits are a mark in time (like all photos are.) Certain portraits I had different color hair or I can tell I used a camera that I particularly favored at that time. It is a moment and memory.
But why take your own picture? Why not have someone else do it? From strictly a photographers point of view it helps to learn what its like to sit behind the camera and in the lighting and know what to do. I can better direct my models if I know what that position is like. From a personal point of view, I do not love being behind someone else's camera. I know weird right? Maybe because my lions mane of crazy hair can look particularly ridiculous when captured at odd angles. Maybe I just look at Pinterest self portraits all too often and I have a very specific idea of what I want. But whatever the reason, who doesn't like an awesome image to represent what they do?
So although I won't be calling my images "selfies" any time soon, I can appreciate expressing yourself with images that truly represent yourself.
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