For me, the urge to turn my camera towards myself stems from two things, the first being the need to photograph a person, and not having a person around other than myself to shoot. Also, I have to say that I am admittedly shy about working with models. I have before, but fairly precise planning is often times necessary, and that is just something I am currently not all that interested in.
The second thing is simply wanting to have a record of myself. I have taken so many photos of the people around me, yet there are very few of me. I realize I am the only person I know who always has a camera (actually always at least two) on hand, so it is understandable.
|I don't think I have ever taken a self-portrait at this distance away from the camera. |
I ran out there, and was surprised I made it before the timer went off.
Shooting a self-portrait can be very difficult, and those who do it well deserve major high fives. Flickr has even made a few people famous (at least Internet famous) for taking fabulous self-portraits. Although I have been attempting to shoot decent self-portraits for several years now, there has only been a small handful that I can honestly say I like. As for all the rest, I share them because I don't feel the need to always be sharing only my best work. To me, outtakes are an interesting part of a photographer's process, and I always enjoy seeing them.
Perfection is never my goal or main concern with portraiture. I am much more inclined to try and capture personality and mood, if I can. I happen to love those shots where a person is caught in mid-blink. That half-second of vulnerability is very appealing to me. The facial expression around the eyes is completely charming in it's misrepresentation, making the person seem inordinately precious and out-of character.
I took these with my Polaroid 340, Polaroid 100 Chocolate Paul Giambarba (expired) film, and Polaroid self-timer #192. I drove to the outskirts of town with a step ladder in my trunk to use as a tripod. It's hit-or-miss with a Polaroid self-portrait. I'm not at all happy with any of these, but at least I know what to do better for next time.