October, 2019 has come to a close, and here are my images for my personal project for this year – Project 52.
For this project, I post one image a week to my Instagram account, with every month having a different theme. You may click on any of the following links and then can see the images for the corresponding month.
- January was “low light”.
- February was “storytelling“.
- March’s theme was “portraits”.
- April’s theme was “connections”.
- May was all about “layering”.
- June’s theme was “full sun”.
- July was “color theory”.
- August was all about “movement”.
- And September was beautiful “nature”.
The theme for October, 2019 was “self-portraits.”
Oh boy. When I heard the theme for October, 2019 was self-portraits, I felt a mixture of dread, as well as a feeling of excited determination. Probably more dread though. 🙂 By far, self-portraiture is the hardest genre of photography for me.
Webster dictionary defines a self-portaits as “a portrait of an artist produced or created by that artist.” But it’s different than doing a selfie with your cell phone. The camera is often set up on a tripod for this. It’s difficult to grab focus, because when I dial in the settings on my camera, there isn’t anything to focus on, until I get in the frame! I have to put something where I will be in order to grab focus. As you can see, it’s a bit of a pain. 🙂
But the hardest part is trying to be natural and relaxed. At least it is for me. Luckily, the group of photographers I am doing this project with, provided me lots of inspiration and tips. I played music for one, and danced for another. I cheated, just a bit, by including my husband in one, then my girls in another. However, since the focus was on me, and what I am about, I felt it was still a self-portrait.
So here I am, and I think I played it on the safe side. My journey in self-portraiture is something I would like to continue, and learn to express more emotion and creativity in my images.
I always like to pick my favorite image of the month for my project, but I can’t this month. I like them all. 🙂
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Those all look wonderful! I love your photos.
Aw Thank you so much Anita! That means a lot to me. <3