Self-Portrait Attempt

Please don’t think I’m crazy.  I feel like I am going out on a limb here.  I look at 100’s, maybe 1000’s of photographs each week.  It is more or less an obsession.  I look at what other photographers do so that I can learn more and more about my passion.  I am of the thinking that this, along with reading about photography every day will further my journey to becoming a good, or even great photographer.  There is always more to learn.  More technical skills, more creative compositions to experiment with, more processing techniques, etc.

Along my journey of exploring the works of other photographers I’ve run across many who have published self-portraits.  Some photographers I’ve met have taken a self-portrait every day of the year for a 365-project.  One of my all time favorites, someone I’ve mentioned here before is Vivian Maier (  She’s inspired me in many ways, attempting self-portraits, being just one of them.  The images below are my attempt, on a whim so to speak, to accomplish the task of shooting a self-portrait.  This is not my first attempt.  I will post others at some point.  Others, in fact, that I like better because they are more mysterious, more interesting.  But these are fresh, show the process of my attempt to get it right, and a little fun so I’m going to post them now.

Attempt 1 – not quite there, but I like it.

Almost there, slightly out of focus, but I like how you can see the camera and the way the mirror alters the image in the corner.

I like the camera in this one and I think you can tell I am having a little fun…

The final product. Slightly out of focus, which soften’s the image and I think makes it look a little less self-portraitish, more like it’s a candid and my gaze is on someone across the room.

12 thoughts on “Self-Portrait Attempt

  1. Robyn-
    While I like your finished product, I think the best is your first composition. With the mirror, your reflection, and your gaze all being off-center, ithe shot gives a simultaneous feeling of the subject being captured in a moment of self-discovery and the viewer sharing the personal moment. The composition seems to present a strong metaphor for the self-discovery that your photography journey is affording you. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Robyn ~ I love the self-portrait concept as well. I think you may enjoy this artist’s work (video) if you are not familiar

    I have tried also on several occasions and do a lot of “shadow” work too. This one I did using a tripod and timer on a “whim” too 🙂 Please keep yours going — I think its wonderful on so many levels – both for yourself and the viewer! Much Love ~RL

  3. I like all of the starts, but I too especially love the more spontaneous pictures. I’ve been told I’m very unphotogenic most of my life (I know horrible) so I’ve had photo self-image problems and for this chose to go behind the camera. I’m now just becoming comfortable with (or more comfortable) with pictures of myself but it’s still my least favorite thing to have done.. you are brave for pursuing it.. great work and keep it up.

    • That’s terrible. Everyone has beauty! Don’t hide behind your camera. Embrace YOU! I hope you’ll post a self-portrait soon! Be creative. You don’t have to be camera-on. Start with your shadow and build your confidence. Good luck!

      • Yah.. I know that now.. at the time it was tough.. I’ve been good with myself for quite awhile.. I still prefer to be behind the camera than in front.. I do love your idea of starting with shadow.. black and whites are great as well.. I think this is why I really try to get spontaneous pictures of people and love abstract..

    • I have to add one more thing. Check out my post “The Mystery of Self”. You could start your self-portrait journey with something like this. It takes the focus off of you initially and will help build your confidence. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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