For a lot of my life I was self-concious. Sometimes I let it show, sometimes I didn’t, and sometimes it shone through even though I tried to hide it. One of the best parts of adulthood – and for me this happened in my 30s – is finally figuring out who you are, where you want to go, and being comfortable with that. 5, 10, 20 years ago I never would have posted a picture like this. So to me this self-portrait is a statement.
One interesting aspect of this picture is that different friends/family members have read different emotions in my face. Some said I looked sad, strained, intense, at peace. I wonder how much that is their own feelings about me projected into what they see in the picture? What do you see?
I feel I need to work on portraiture and photos of people. I read that a good way to get comfortable photographing people is to start with yourself, which was the genesis of this photo. It’s not as easy as it sounds. You are the subject and need to be comfortable and positioned correctly without seeing how the lighting is. You have to fiddle with the remote shutter release yet still keep your pose. I took about 40 pictures, adjusting lighting and position. I used natural light with no flash or other equipment.
In the end I was really happy with this one for a first try. There are a few things I think could be improved. I’d like to know what you think.
Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EF 40mm
Shutter Speed: 1/5