Self portraits is the first project for our monthly plans for creative projects for 2019.
Many photographers are reluctant to step on the other side of the lens for many reasons, one of them being that during edits you’re forced to stare at yourself for hours to get your edits done right. Once I forced myself to setup and get going though, I was pretty pleased with how it came together. I really was just looking for a vintage feel in both style and almost a noir look for contrasting lights and shadows. That may be why it felt more natural to put more of these in black and white than I normally do.
After I was done thoughts of Welle’s “The Stranger” or Chuck Klosterman’s essay “I Wear the Black Hat” came to mind, which helped me decide to go even darker with some of the edits than I even originally did. Maybe it was the vintage outfit that lead me down this road as well, but I enjoyed doing less of the sit and smile and more of the do something subtle or interesting instead. I had layers and few props to keep me thinking of new ways to interpret this session, some of which were more effective than others.
Without further ado, here are a few of my favorites from the first creative series of the year! Enjoy!