The Creativity Project – Self Portrait

In my ongoing attempt to keep the creative side of me flowing (which was the original purpose of this blog), I’ve decided to take on a weekly photo challenge.  Dogwood Photography came up with this interesting challenge (HERE) where you have to come up with a photo a week in one of three categories – Portrait, Landscape or Artistic Impression.  Each week has one with a slightly different challenge.  It sounded like fun, so I’m giving it a try.

Week one was “Self Portrait”.  It was interesting that on the site where I saw the challenge originally someone immediately groused about “selfies”.  Rockwell, Van Gogh, Rembrandt all did self portraits.  So did Weston, Stieglitz and Weegee.  Part of this challenge, I think, is “getting over ourselves”.  By that I mean getting past our preconceptions about images and going to someplace new and challenging.

To be honest, I am my least favorite photographic subject.  So that was the part I needed to get over.  Given that I left my camera in my office and had to use whatever was available in the house there were new challenges as well!  In the end this is “softer” than my usual camera, which may be a blessing.  It’s also not a bad representation of where I am at this point in my life.

Yes, I tried smiling.  Didn’t like any of them as much as this one.

Next week’s challenge is a traditional landscape.

Portrait of the artist as he ages

                                                  Portrait of the artist as he ages

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