Welcome to another edition of (Almost) Wordless Wednesday! It’s a brand-new year, and there are lots of changes coming around here. One of them is with this weekly feature.
I’m going to be perfectly honest right now – often my Wordless Wednesday posts are an afterthought. They percolate in the back of my mind each week – they are never far from my mind. But actually getting the photos? That’s a whole ‘nother story.
One of my intentions this week is to be more intentional, particularly in this space. I have a great deal of plans for what I want to do and how I want the site to evolve. I also want to get better at my photography practice. I want to improve and move my photography in a different direction. One of the ways that I’m doing that is to take part in the Dogwood Photography 52 Week Challenge. The challenge revolves around three distinct types of photography – portraiture, landscape, and Artistic Impression. I’m excited to play around with different kinds of photography and more than that, I’m looking forward to the sharing of my photos and growing via the pressure of commentary and critique.
The challenge for Week One is Self Portraiture. There was a great post in the FB group for the Challenge about the difference between Self Portraiture and a Selfie. I was going to link to it, but it’s a closed group. I really liked these two paragraphs from Hector Campbell:
The purpose of a Selfie is to doument a moment in your life. Normally some of the persons environment may be included to provide context. A shot of yourself on a beach, or in font of a fancy meal, or with someone you find important or interesting. It is meant show what you are doing or what you look like at a given moment.
A Portrait on the other hand is not about capturing what someone is doing or what they look like. A portrait is meant to tell you who the person is. It should capture the essence of what motivates a person, what drives them, it tells the story of a lifelifetime, not a moment.
Because I took this with my iPhone 6, my first inclination is to say that this is a selfie. (I took a few photos with my Big Girl Camera but I couldn’t create something I was happy with. While the photo is meant to convey a moment in time – Teacher, First Day Back with Students – but it’s a bit more than that. On the other hand, though, this is an often accurate representation of who I am – the light of the laptop reflecting on to my face, the dark circles under my eyes, the graying hair – a teacher.
I don’t have a problem with selfies. I don’t think they are inherently narcissistic, and I believe that self portraiture can lead to great healing.
I have been using my phone to take photos of myself. Every once in awhile.
This was taken Christmas Eve. I don’t have a ton of pictures of me – I’m one of the women who don’t particularly like to be in front of the camera (the whole Get In the Picture movement). But I’m also not entirely uncomfortable with being in front of the camera, and lately I’ve been thinking about how to look better in photos. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m OK with the progress I’m making.
I’m looking forward to using the BGC to try this again. I’ve seen a lot of amazing photos in the FB group that I would love to try to emulate.
Are you a selfie person? Have you worked through who you are by using the camera to capture images of yourself? Does being in front of the camera make you nervous? Talk to me about in the comments!