Week 52: Self-portrait #5

Daniel

I had an idea for a shot this week, the clothes, the background, the pose. I got setup and took some shots but wasn’t convinced. I changed some settings, changed my jacket, took some more shots but still couldn’t get it right. This is nothing like the shot I had in mind but I like it regardless. It’s probably a fitting end to the last 52 weeks of photos really. I’m sure there’s a lesson about life and expectations in there somewhere.

Debbie

For my final self portrait I was determined to attempt to use the remote function on my camera. We were on the train from Essen (Germany) to Zurich for over 7 hours so I had some time to experiment. This was the best of a bad lot but I kind of like the wistful look on my face as I’m taking in the scenery. I played around some more and decided to go with the black and white image. It’s not my usual Debbie Smile photo – I’m happy with the growth I’ve experienced during this 52 week photo project.

Grant

Camera experimentation on the train near Baden Baden.

Melanie

I hadn’t expected to submit this shot. I was hoping to do one representing football in honour of England getting through to the WC semi finals (it’s coming home!). I hadn’t also planned to send a selfie, and most definitely NEVER take a selfie looking up. The sky was the most brilliant blue and my whispy hair glistened gold against the sun so of course I then put it in black and white. Although there is so many things I didn’t expect when I took this shot it’s my favourite one for this week and it’s a good reminder that everything doesn’t have to be as you expect it to be, for it to be right.

Sharon

This image came about through two divergent trains of thought: It references other self-portraits I’ve done for this 52 week project and the previous one and so acts as, if not a full stop, at least a semicolon in my self-portrait work. On the other hand, my hair is much longer than it’s been for many years and I wake up being wrapped in it. It also partly obscures me. The idea of making my shoulders visible – at an age when that’s not seemly – but my face partly obscured is an interesting dichotomy that appealed to my sense of contrariness.

Tim

To finish off this project, and the series of self-portraits associated with it, I decided to return to the same location I used in my very first one (which is really not hard, since it’s just outside our house!). The white wall behind always provides a large, soft light source, just right for moody self-portraits in black and white. Less technical than many of my previous self-portraits, this is natural light, single shot, nothing fancy. Back to basics…

 

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Week 39: Self-portrait #4

Daniel

Well this is awkward.

Debbie

Autumn and I are kindred spirits, and I like to think we’re at one with the world. We share the same autumnal colour palette with the beautiful range of reds, yellows and oranges. We love the transition of the pretty dancing leaves as they flutter silently to the ground, on their way to becoming crunchy leaves just right for stepping on; the softer muted hues of nature and the crispness of the air around us. There’s also a sense of adventure on the horizon with the changes Autumn brings. If I was a season I’d definitely be Autumn.

Grant

Had a play with angles and shadows this week, angles win out. Maybe I should have played with a brush instead.

Melanie

This is how I see myself these days with a shiny large black thing attached to my feet at all times.

Sharon

It felt so far away – so out in the middle of nowhere. Yet I was able to download the camera app to my phone and work out how to take a self-portrait using the timer in the app. Although not well enough to give me time to put my phone away! This was my limitation rather than the limitation of time and place.

Tim

Sharon was busy on a ‘real’ shoot next door, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to have a play with the studio lights. The trigger didn’t always seem to fire, and according to my camera this is the face I make when I’m figuring out why that might be (turns out it was just too dark for my camera to focus, and not the trigger at all – good to know!)…

Next week…

Our week 40 theme is: Photographer’s choice…

Week 26: Self-portrait #3

Daniel

Mum sent me some good tips for a home self portrait so I tested them out this afternoon. The model was unprofessional and the photographer was demanding, they had some harsh words for each other but were ultimately both satisfied with the result.

Debbie

I am sunshine; I am shade; I am one among many; standing tall and
always reaching for the sky! I am a faceless self portrait 🙂

Grant

The view from the crossword.

Mel

Not a photo from this week (I found it this week does that count?!) but this self portrait sums up how I want to go into 2018 – smile on my face, wind in my hair, sand in my toes, ready for adventures and just loving life.

Sharon

Living it up in Venice.

Tim

Contemplating our next adventure…

Next week…

Our week 27 theme is: Frame

Week 13: Self-portrait #2

Alison

Sunday afternoon.

I iron far more regularly than I drink to excess, (or drink at all!), but last night we warmed our beautiful little terrace with a lot of new friends and old, and I had a few cheeky Frangelicos, so today is a slooooow day, in my very happy home, surrounded by all my favourite things that make me feel at home wherever I am. My old house is on the market this week. I don’t know! It’s all a combination of adult feelings, moving on and growing up. Cheers!

Daniel

This is me after a long training session. After 63km of riding and running in the Queensland heat. This is me after getting hit by a magpie. This is me after swallowing and choking on a beetle. Legs burning, heart racing, dehydrated, exhausted, sunburnt, blistered, chaffed. This is me evaluating my life decisions. This is me…

Debbie


This says it all at this moment in time. A sun lounge, a pool, the family together and some warm sunshine, makes for a happy MOB (Mother of the Bride) on the day before the wedding.

Grant

Celebration time – Congratulations Eliza & Shawn.
More good food and music with fantastic people.
A great atmosphere in a beautiful setting.
Bula Bula!!

Mel

A tripod, external shutter release, just enough palm trees and a beautiful Fijian sunrise make for a perfect self portrait.

Sharon

Self-portrait: aka a challenge of representation. This week I had a model shoot in a studio, and so thought I’d make use of the affordances of the studio to take my own self-portrait. Each element is carefully selected to represent something of myself. Look carefully to see what you can learn!

Tim

“Some phoenix may rise from these ashes, but the fire comes first” (Ben Abraham, This is on me)…

Next week…

Our week 14 theme is: Still life with food…

Week 1: Self-portrait

Alison

I bought this chair secondhand, right before I moved into this house. It was the first piece of furniture I bought to have here with me. It is comfy and a little worn in the arms. I have spent many an evening in this chair, tucked away in my little office, with a cuppa and my feet up, safe in this little house. This is the house that I made home for myself, for the very first time; a home that wasn’t made home for me, but by me.

This corner of my house was once set up with toys and books for Livvy and Owen. Right now, it’s one of the few corners in the house that isn’t exploding with HEY LOOK, I’M MOVING, and that’s only because I dusted and pushed junk out of the way and moved some pretty things around so that I could take the picture.

Flanked on one side by the beautiful orchids that were gifted to me by my colleagues when I left my school last Friday, and on the other by the equally beautiful fig leaf ficus gifted to me on Valentine’s Day by the girl who would very shortly go on to reveal herself as The Best Ever, matching and complementing AND complimenting all the things that are The Best about me too.

Growth and change and movement and gratitude and excitement and EEEEEE THIS IS CRAZY. An aptly timed self portrait, once again.

Daniel

Hi, I’m Daniel. This is a photo of me standing against my front wall in Brisbane, 16th July 2017.

Debbie


This self portrait is a statement. As I only use my phone I didn’t want to just produce a standard ‘selfie’ so I have used an editing app to give it some interest and a pop of colour. I have been reading a lot of Over 50 blogs lately and they all mention wisdom, experience, fashion, style and how not to become invisible as you age. This photo therefore is my take on being over 50, being a bit colourful, a bit trendy and features my trademark Debbie smile. I’m definitely not intending to become invisible as I age. I’m happy with myself just as I am.

Grant

This is almost how I look most mornings at the moment, rugged up against the heavy frosts and heading out to do various jobs around the place. This particular morning I have just emerged from crawling around under the house (complete with an unbelievable number of spider webs) looking for Luna (our 20 year old cat), who we now believe has wandered off to a place unknown to rest in peace.

Mel

Happy, content and relaxed in the garden. Summer is here!

Sharon

It’s cold out!

Tim

This is the face that I choose for today…