First, Self Portrait Challenge, August, final week (so you get all the remaining ones I’ve taken):
September’s theme is “self portrait ‘with someone.'” Much fun to be had. And you should totally go take a look at some of the other portraits: so much beauty, humor, reflection. This week I particularly like this one (gorgeous photo), and this one (love the idea!).
I first read about Self Portrait Challenge (back when it was Self Portrait Tuesday on blogspot), on Ali Edwards’ blog. Then this month I decided to finally actually try it out, have some fun with it. This month I’ve also been doing a photo-a-day project, well, really a scrapbook-page-a-day (sort of, except I don’t actually make the page each day, since my printer is on the fritz), okay, let’s call it a Month in our Lives Project, wherein I take lots of pics, at least one per day, and have been planning and will be making a small album to represent our daily lives this month.
And I think that kind of thing is what appeals to me about SPC. A somewhat ordinary slice of life, of me at this time. Guidelines that give a little structure. The opportunity to try being a little artistic, a little creative and even symbolic in composing the photograph, rather than just snapping away.
I take these (so far) with an Olympus Camedia D-560 zoom (it’s a digital point and shoot, but with decent 10x optical zoom). I’ve been interested in photography for years really, but am woefully ignorant of most technical aspects. I want to start correcting that situation, and am saving hard for a Nikon D50, a sort of beginner digital SLR. (I’ve talked about this before: here and here, for example.)
Self portraits are often the only way that I get included in any pictures, and no matter how dissatisfied I may be with my appearance, I want myself and my kids to be able to see me in 20 or 30 years: a young wife and mother and artist.