Let’s start off with the really fun bits first. I’ve always been an advocate of self-portraiture. Photography, painting, drawing, songwriting, what the hell, whatever — internal introspection can sometimes lead to growth and development but actually having a physical image, product, sound as a result of the process is really motivating.
This month I’m going to restart shooting myself which has gone undone for wayyyyy too long. Sure, there have been a plethora of PhotoBooth captures but those aren’t much work at all, are they?
A good place to start is photographing just your face. I like to see all the angles of what I look like and I like to see what the expressions I make look like to others and not just how they feel showing up on my mug!
Go adventuring to outside locations and set up a tripod, focus on the ground near where you think you’d like to stand, and set the timer on the camera to 10 seconds or so, however long it takes you to get over there. Be sure to turn auto-focus off if you have a DSLR. What locations move you? What places reflect your personality?
Photograph yourself in your home doing something normal, but style it like you see yourself in your imagination. Are you doing the dishes? No one says you can’t do ’em in high heels and a cocktail dress. This is your fantasy.
Now comes my favorite… which I can’t actually share any images of because I have a strict no-showing-my-ta-tas-on-the-internet rule. But really — photograph yourself completely naked. The advent of digital photography makes it so that you can shoot and print your very own boudoir photos without involving the creepy guy with the ratstache at the Photo Center in Walgreens. You don’t have to show them to anyone, and they might be COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS but why live this life without trying every ding dong thing there is to do in this world? Trust me, it’s fun.
Now on to the skies…
Yesterday the sunset cast a gorgeous hue on East Bayside. It’s doing it again now, too. I’m very afraid of tornadoes, but the one thing I live for in this world is gorgeous light. Why can’t the skies be like sunset all the time? It’d get old, you say? No, no it wouldn’t.
Here are a few captures: