Just Another Day
Self-portraiture is something one should never get involved in, since it is wrong to lie even though one endeavours to tell the truth. (Ingmar Bergman)
Self portraiture teaches the photographer many things about the use of a lens, camera speed, ISO, shutter release, timers etc., but also about posing, lighting, backgrounds and being comfortable in front of the camera, which I certainly am not.
My Mom, who has green fingers, a magnificent garden and always had flowers to pick even if it was only one end of season blossom.
My Grandmama was feisty, she loved books, travelling, good food, and beautiful things and said I should play bridge as it was a passport the world over and would stand me in good stead. The photograph inspired by her isn’t a self portrait just a still life.
Fortunately my neighbour came around the corner just as I was losing my confidence and I just managed to pan him on his little scooter slow shutter speed. For all these photographs I used my 50mm Prime Lens.
Props are always a good idea for self portraiture, one needs something to focus on, and timing is difficult so for me it’s very much pot luck in the end. Reflections are easiest and I try that too as a last resort.
"I loathe my own face, and I've done self-portraits because I've had nobody else to do." (Francis Bacon)
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