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Saturday, October 26 2013

Self Portraiture

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Two weeks ago I did something I thought I would never do …I took a self portrait class.  For years, I have maintained that I am best behind a camera.  I feel most comfortable trying to capture other people they way they really are. Other than taking the occasional “selfie” for fun, I never quite understood why I would want to or even like taking self portraits. With that said, I am a great admirer of beautiful self portraiture and some of my all time favorite fine art photographers spend years telling their stories through this medium.

One of my favorite self portrait photographers is Vivienne McMaster. Not only is she an excellent photographer but she is spreading an amazing message through her work and her classes of “self love”. When I found out that I would have an opportunity to take a class with her, I knew that this might be my only chance and I had to take it.  I was very nervous…up to the very minute I walked into the class.  

After taking this class, I feel totally different about self portraiture and about myself.  The process has made me face some things about my self that I really want to change…not on the outside, but on the inside.  

Here is what I personally learned…I will never be as young as I am today.  I will never look exactly like I did today. I want my daughters to see me embracing who I am, flaws and all.  I want to tell my story through my work and pictures.  I want to be present.    

If you enjoy photography of any kind, I highly recommend this Be Your Own Beloved.

 Below are a few samples of the work I did over the past two weeks.  I love love love how imperfect the pictures are.  That has been one of the best realizations of all.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Some of my favorite self portrait photographers are:

Cig Harvey
Anna Gay

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Thursday, July 25 2013

Perfect Maine Morning

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Tuesday, June 25 2013

Inside out

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I can’t remember a more frenetic time in my life. Everything is moving so fast and at times I feel like I can’t catch my breath. The pace is only part of the story. For several reasons these past months, I have found myself emotionally turned inside out. Literally. Yet, I am stronger for it. More clear. The hard part has been finding the balance and making the plan. I am still working on it.

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