The Challenge of the self portrait Being a photographer and a visual artist allows me the time to observes, discern and witness the beauty and the imperfections of all the people and places around me while I try and capture the essence of the thing itself. Weather it be with a paintbrush or behind a lens, there is a great deal of scrutiny that goes into creating a portrait; and this critical eye is even more analytical when the camera is flipped around facing me.
Sometimes it hard to open up Photoshop and begin working tediously on an image of yourself, at least this is my experience. This is mostly because I don’t want an unsightly image circulating of me, but I also don’t want to change my appearance for mere aesthetics.
My biggest advice that I can offer both for myself and other photographers, is to work towards creating an image of yourself that encompasses your personality, emotions, thoughts and ideas. Create something that represents you, even if its not a physical photograph of your face or body. Self portraits mean much more than a simple mirror image of a magazine cover aimed to portray your best self. No, photographic art is much more than that, its no just something you take, its something you make.