Our photo library is full our children’s pictures, but over the last five years the only shots of me seem to be in hospital (holding a newborn!) So when I read that Shai Coggins was going to take a photo of herself EVERY DAY this year for the 365 days Flickr group project, I was rather taken with the idea of tackling a similar creative venture myself. Good thing there is a 52 weeks project – a little less daunting! Five weeks into the year and quite a few shots later – I have five self-portraits!
So far it has been a great experience to practice taking “proper” photos again, brushing up on some design basics like composition, lighting, colour etc. It also means my parents will get a quirky album at the end of it all!
I have always found inspiration in the photography of Annie Liebovitz, Lord Snowdon and David Bailey. Their portraits always tell a story, showcase some personality or exist as works of art on their own merit. When I’m taking these portraits, I’m thinking about myself in relation to my environment, I’m thinking about shapes and shadows, story and interest. I wonder what the next 45 weeks will turn out like? It’s so good to take on a new creative challenge, especially when you see the results.