We are what we believe we are.”
~ C.S. Lewis
Self-portraits are harder than they seem! Harder than selfies or photographing other people.
Sitting or standing in front of the camera and shooting myself feels unnatural, a bit silly actually.
Yet, understanding how I’m feeling with a camera pointed at me is important. My hope is this will help me understand how other’s may feel when I’m photographing them and help me learn how to make us all more comfortable.
I’m finding the most difficult aspect of self-portraiture is nailing the focus. This doesn’t surprise me since focus, in general, has been difficult for me. I’m working on it, with patience, persistence, and meditation. Yes, really, meditation.
Just to be clear, this is not a selfie project. Not sure why I feel the need to clarify this but, there is a distinct difference between self-portraits and selfies. I looked it up. Per Google: a self-portrait is “a portrait of an artist produced or created by that artist.” A selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.”
Wait, am I calling myself an artist? With a project? Hell yeah!!
This is my self-portrait project about my passion for photography, my drive to refine my techniques, to grow, and to learn about myself.