With all the busyness of life these days, it’s hard to find time to relax and just shoot for myself. Well to be honest with you the shooting gets done, it’s the processing that seems to back up! These are some outtakes that I shot while my class was busy shooting their assignment last week.
It’s been a while since I’ve done some self-portraits. So today, while testing a Color Checker Passport, I shot a few. This is the one I liked the most.
Most photographers don’t like being on the other side of the camera.
So, why do photographers shoot self-portraits?
These are some of the reasons I’ve come up with.
To show others “How we see ourselves”
To show others “How we wish to be seen”
To show others “How we think others see us”
To document “How we’re changing”
As a record of both the good and the bad things that happen to us
As a record for myself and my loved ones
As a way of dealing with our own mortality
Because the model is always there
We’re “self absorbed egomaniacs”
We’re shy and afraid to ask people to model
Why do you think we do it?
This morning was another LAB in the commercial studio. We’re eight weeks in and my students are working well on their own. So instead of sitting there bored, I gabbed the first thing I saw and shot it. This is the Gossen “Luna-Pro digital F” light meter. Most of the student hate it, because it’s not like the Sekonic light meters they’ve been using for the last 10-20 weeks. With little use/abuse, they still look pretty good and it’s a great meter as well.
I’ve had this for a couple years and it has become my cycling camera. It gets stuffed into a Ziploc bag, put in my jersey pocket and beat to hell. But it still works like a dream. It’s sharp (Leica optics) and you can manually focus it. I shot this with a Leaf Aptus II 5 (22mp back on a view camera) and spent way too long cleaning it up.