September Self-Portrait


Let me just say right now that taking a self-portrait is not as easy as I thought it would be.

It’s way harder than I anticipated.

Last year, I tried to do a 365 project – where I would take a photo everyday day and post it. Well, after the first two months I started to fall behind and it was no longer a fun project worth pursuing. I think it could definitely work as an iPhone project, but for me, I got really tired of taking photos of everyday objects. So, I let the project slide and I never completed it.

I was reading about self portraits, and I found this great post by photographer Sarah Rhoads on self portraits. I’ve seen other photographers work on a self portrait project, and with a once monthly photo, it’s something I can definitely get on board with. And I thought that it would be interesting to turn the camera on myself and see what happens. When I was little I always thought that the year began in September, so what better time to start this project?

So I took my first stab at it yesterday. I thought it would be a quick few shots. I took more like 40 until I came to the last shot where I was satisfied. I know, I’m my own biggest critic, but luckily, I shot a frame that I was happy with. And it’s not my usual smile, and typically, I don’t like photos of myself without a smile, but this one…this one is different.

If you’re a photographer, I’d encourage you to try it out. My arms certainly got a workout.

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  • Reply v 09.08.2011 at 12:42 pm

    i did a 365 in 2009 – 2010 and posted it on my wordpress blog. it wasn’t easy, but i stuck with it. there were days i wanted to curse and cry. i did self-portraits as well as ordinary every day things. i have gotten some of my best photos from this project and glad i did it. in the end it was worth it. i was thinking of doing it again, but i’m already crazy. now i may post one or two a week.

    you can see my examples if you’re interested in my flickr set; it’s in there somewhere. :)

    here’s to you!

  • Reply Alex 12.03.2011 at 3:29 pm

    There are such amazing self portraits out there who have really inspired me and Sarah Rhoads was definitely one of them :) They’re hard though, good on you for doing once every month. On my photography bucket list it says “Do a self portrait 365 project”. I can’t even do a normal 365 project let alone a self portrait one, though haha. So I’m not sure if that one will ever happen haha.

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