Friday, 24 February 2012

Write on...

Hmmm.  It's been a funny old month with my self portrait adventure in the picture.  On the one hand, I've loved having a prompt - this month it was 'write on' - to incorporate some form of writing in your self portraits - and it was really fun to play with this idea.   On the other hand, I think the initial euphoria of "hey! I took some selfies and didn't burst into flames" has worn off and I'm feeling a little... well, exposed I guess.  And maybe the mix of words and image has had a stronger impact than I expected...a little piece of your mind linked with an image, revealing a little more than you originally intended. 

They started off innocuously enough - here's my shot that started off the month, just before the snow started to fall:

taken on iphone

And a couple from in the middle:

Words I can apply to most areas in my life:

 

More feet:



 
And finally, here's the one that I've found most challenging.  Kat Sloma noted on her blog yesterday that self portraits were becoming easier for her as she focused on the concept of the photograph rather than the photograph being about her.  I think this is true too but in this shot I had a clear concept (although a little different to the actual shot I got!) but am still left feeling a bit......vulnerable.  Maybe it's all those emotive words that are doing it....


 
Processed using Hope texture from Pixel Dust Photo Art

So, how's it been for you?  Is it getting easier? Did the addition of words make a difference to you? 



In The Picture








18 comments:

  1. love your photos & how you have described your journey for this month. Your last pic is my fave. yes I felt more comfortable adding words!

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  2. I consider myself a complete amateur photographer. I do agree that one starts to think about photograph rather than the self portrait. It looks like you have that knack down pat.

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  3. These are awesome shots! I love them all- I think it's true that you become more vulnerable, I had to think very carefully about the words I used.

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  4. Awesome shots...the last one is my favorite! I'm a theme slacker this month. For one I couldn't think of words to use. Second our whole house has been sick for the month so it makes it hard to think creatively (OR want to take one's picture!) :-) I still feel funny when I turn the camera on myself. I'm hoping with spring coming I'll feel more comfortable outside!

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  5. Becs - what amazing shots. I am so moved by your stepping out into this sharing of yourself. Love the "didn't burst into flames" thought - maybe that's what I'm afraid of :)

    That last shot is really, really wonderful. Emotional and vulnerable and a great concept.

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  6. Beautiful, creative selfies! I loved this month's theme...love words...but I'm still trying to get comfortable being "in the picture" :)

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  7. Hey Becs...I love what you wrote, how including text is a little more exposing-what's inside and what's out. I couldn't get to the text and you've given me something to ponder-maybe I was trying to stick on something appropriate, rather than look inside for the answer. Thank you.
    That last image, while feeling unsettling, has a wonderful mood to it which you've embellished with processing. I like feet shots too, but your first image made me laugh. I hate the cold and snow.

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  8. these are reallygreat! the last one is especially beautiful and quite moving. i am new to selfies (this is my first month with "in the picture")...am feeling totally vulnerable in all this - words or no words!...but that's partly why i'm trying to push forward.
    this idea about the photograph's concept vs. it being about me/you/her/him...i like this idea...

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  9. I enjoyed hearing your process on how this is growing you. I laughed at the first picture because my family thinks I am ALWAYS cold, and they're mostly right. But the last one is tender and I really like your somber face because letting go is hard.
    Catherine Denton

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  10. Maybe it was the events of the month that made me slow down on this project. For some reason I could not get into self portraits. I did take one of my feet, but otherwise the motivation just was not there. Perhaps in March...

    I like your series here.

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  11. Wonderful images Becs! I love the last one. While you feel vulnerable, it feels so real and from the heart. You opened up, and the words are perfect. I'm so glad to see this! It is inspiring to me. I love your concept too. I found the same thing, my image didn't come out exactly as I "saw" it in my head but the concept helped!

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  12. Well done, Becs! I love how you overcame your shyness and "exposed" yourself. Your last photo is so lovely!

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  13. I'm enjoying the process of taking selfies, this was not my favorite theme though. Looking forward to the next one. Love your collection here.

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  14. Ah, Becs!! Your last image is beautiful!! It makes me tear up. I wonder if that's because you've chosen us to share yourself with! Or maybe I feel a little of what this image portrays; It is hard to let go! I love all of them, but the last one just touches me! Thanks for sharing with us!!

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  15. I love how your shots evolved over the course of the month, and I hope your feeling of vulnerability is good in some ways. It's that ability to express myself through self-portraits that has really taken on a life of it's own for me. thanks so much for linking up at {in the picture} today!

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  16. Oh, I love every one of them. Perfect!!

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  17. Brilliant photos - that last one Let Go really captured the vulnerability you described. Just beautiful!

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  18. Becs, I see what you mean about feeling vulnerable, but that last shot is really beautiful, and very moving. Thank you for being brave enough to share yourself like that.

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