A family member ( behind my back ) once questioned my work as a photographer "How many photos does she need of herself ?" I am here today to explain and answer ... unprompted of course. Not because she asked the question, but because I am heart opening and fearless.
Photography is my Super Power. It is my voice. When words elude me, my photos speak for me. I am a story teller. I document everyday life with the simple, intimate details. I make photographs, I do not just take a picture.
"But why self portraits?" Because it is my medicine. Somedays I need a healing method of creativity. A visual voice. An opportunity to vomit out all the emotions. The unspoken frustrations and silenced expressions. And I need to check in with myself.
So when I want to create, make and express ... I grab my camera. I turn it on myself to fabricate a mood. My story. A secret message. Maybe a healing moment. Perhaps inspired by prompts and e-course guides.
My camera is simply a tool that facilitates something much more powerful than
I have been pondering the difference lately about selfies and self portraits.
I do both. They each have important and valuable
roles to me as a photographer.
This is my story...scattered, smothered and UN-covered.
My selfies are random and playful. Spur of the moment. Grab the phone and post. Unedited. Sharing bits and pieces of my day.
My work as a self portrait artist involves prompts from online workshops, my Big Girl Camera, tripod, remote timers and vintage dresses. I set out to write a story with my camera. I usually post-process before posting. I feel complete. Like an amazing bowel movement ( yep, I just typed that )
So there. I think the difference for me between selfies and self-portraits are this....one I share bits of my day, the other I am cracking open my heart, looking at all the scattered pieces and then sharing those bits with you.
I have been involved with several photography projects, yet the most rewarding and healing are my self portraits. The work is hard. The prompts push me into uncomfortable places and spaces. I dig in deep, wrestle out the emotions and rise up like a Phoenix. I share my story with photographs.
Over at She is Three, Bella and Jennifer and myself write monthly stories about our own personal walk thru this life. We begin with half a sentence, individually interpret it and shoot a self portrait with a back story. We invite followers to join us in the healing waters of self portraiture every month with #sheisthreedotcom . We have also been featured in the gorgeous, soulful Bella Grace Magazine