Self Portraits became extremely popular thanks to smart phones and social networking.The so called selfies are everywhere, every day, by thousands. In our view, selfies can be understood as a smaller branch of self-portraiture. It is quick and less considered, often featuring “duck faces” and “sausage legs“. But what distinguishes a selfie from a real self-portrait?
A self-portrait, considers the interior of the artist. It’s an occasion to construct your representation, a moment of self-reflection, to pause and to look at yourself through your own medium, be it a camera or a paintbrush or whatever you have. It is an opportunity to declare who you are visually or even who you aspire to be.
It has always been a favourite assignment during Portrait and Studio Lighting Workshops at LSP It is incredible to see the variety of the images. Some of our students really took self portraits to the next level. An example is Diogo Duarte‘s stunning work. Diogo was in the first ever group of the Professional Photography Course.
There are many remarkable self portraits from famous and unknown photographers. We prepared a Pinterest board for you to get some ideas from, so follow it and get inspired!
Albert Watson, whose image (above) appears in the Lavazza Coffee Calendar wrote: “She finishes her show and finds me waiting for her. She is a burlesque dancer. While we are drinking our coffee, she talks a lot, very fast. I don’t. She often says she is happy to be my muse and that I am friendly. She certainly is. She’d like me to go and see her one time when she is performing. I will go. Then we smile our goodbyes and get into our different taxis. Our paths separate until the next evening, when we meet again at 69 Gansevoort.”. You can check the making of clicking here.
There are a few things to consider before taking your self portrait:
– Ask yourself what personal aspect(s) are you going to reveal. A self portrait does not necessarily need to be a face. It can be a detail of your body or even a representative object. It can be your shadow or a silhouette.
– Mirrors and reflective surfaces are great ways to start looking at yourself through the lens. Practice framing and lighting.
– Use a tripod if not holding the camera, frame and pre-set focus placing an object where you are going to be. Focus on this object and switch to Manual focus (side of the lens) so the camera will not refocus automatically.
– Use self timer or a remote control. Some cameras have the option to take more than one image, Try these features, double exposures, etc…
– Take inspiration from paintings (not necessarily self portraits) or choose a theme to create a series.
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Deadline: September 30, 2015.
Top photo credit: Albert Watson – The 2012 Lavazza calendar