Experiments in Self Portraiture
With the spontaneous change in weather signifying that Spring is on its way, I am finding myself feeling more inclined to leave the house during my lunch breaks. As I work from home, my camera gear is always within a few steps from me at all times, and so, a week or so ago, I took full advantage of the sunshine and mild temperatures to take some self portraits.
Before I began shooting, I knew I didn’t want to take pictures of my face. I don’t have an external monitor, which makes it difficult to line myself up in frame as well as focus the camera - especially as there wasn’t anyone around to stand in for me - and, honestly, didn’t feel up to performing emotions for the sake of it.
I just wanted to play around and attempt to capture an energy instead.
After I adjusted the ISO and shutter speed, to expose the sky correctly, I put the 10 second timer on, set my camera down on the ground and began to throw myself around. Projecting big, enthusiastic movements and contorting my body into interesting shapes. I’m not sure what my neighbours made of it, but I’m pretty thrilled with how the final images turned out.
I love how confidence oozes from the dramatic poses, and, whilst they are nowhere to be seen, the facial expressions do not feel as though they are missing. I appear exposed, but covered; carefree, but careful. Like I’m letting you in, but in a way where I’m controlling what and how much you see of me. I’m particularly drawn to the images where my head is nothing more than an explosion of hair. The way they feel abrupt, messy and honest.
From this experience, I think it would be really neat to create a series of self portraits over time. Simply for fun and expression, but also for practice. I think it could turn into an interesting way of charting my development and progression as a photographer, whilst pushing my creative capabilities and thinking.
I think for the next set I want to jump…