In the frame – a journey in self portraiture

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During a recent class with Ali about photography called Lens of Joy she introduced us to Vivienne McMaster who has taken the idea of a selfie and run a million miles with it. I was intrigued and interested in the idea of a selfie from a different perspective. Vivienne’s idea is to ‘cultivate self-love through self portraiture.’

Throughout my photo snapping years I have been known to take a self-portrait or two. I began taking photos of my feet years ago when I saw everyone else was doing it. Taking photos of my feet is one of my favourite types of photo of myself. Here is the week I took some feet shots during photo a day last year.

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I love getting the self timer photos with Gav on our U.S. hols and of course I did that fashion show…… So I’m not averse to being in front of the camera.

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From the point of view of the Lens of Joy class, Ali was guiding us towards the realisation that being in the photos means we are in our story, visible, tangible. And I am 100% in agreement with that.

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There is something about the images that Vivienne takes, they are different from what I have taken in the past and called a selfie. She isn’t just in the frame, she’s owning the frame. She isn’t apologising for being there, like I think I often look like, but is saying this is my life, I’m here, I’m in it, I am being seen, I am visible, I love me.

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Another thing I find so interesting is that she is re-defining what most think of as a selfie. Photos of hands, blurred half body shots, creative reflections all count as far as she’s concerned.

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As you can see I have being consciously taking different selfie’s recently. Experimenting and flexing my selfie muscles a little.

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I can’t lie and say that I love every selfie. But in the spirit of being my own beloved I am learning to look at the photos differently and I don’t cringe as much as I used to. By examining photos of myself I feel like I am seeing myself differently and I am improving my photo self timer skills, learning what makes a better shot and actually enjoying this photo project.

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The most important thing is that I am in my own story front and centre. So join me and Vivienne because we all deserve to be in the spotlight of our own adventure.

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2 Responses to In the frame – a journey in self portraiture

  1. Mary-Lou says:

    Well said, well written & what a powerful message. I am SOOOOO hesitant about selfies, I can honestly say I do not think I have taken more than 3-4 & never without someone else in the photo. “our” Ali is such a wise woman, thanks for sharing her message about owning our life. Not sure there will be selfies posted on my blog, but I will think long about the message – umm self love & ownership of being in our own lives. I like the selfie of you in your dress in the garden holding a bouquet of flowers (which I am sure were then arranged artfully) Oh yes Sandie at Itchifingers is hosting a free workshop using Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way; http://itchifingers.blogspot.ca/2016/08/the-artists-way-free-online-course-2016.html

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