Monthly Archives: May 2015

The History of the Shadow Self Portrait

Whilst looking for inspirational photographers who have used shadow self portraits I came across an interesting statement on the Lens Culture blog (1) regarding the work of Giacomo Brunelli in which the author suggests that the use of the shadow in self portraits is nearly … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Shadow

Roberto Casati (1) suggests that the shadow is the only truly two dimensional, non abstract object, it is immaterial, colourless and flat, thereby having all the attributes of something that does not exist, an illusion or a ghost. An area of darkness created … Continue reading

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Childhood Memory

Sometime around 1956 0r 1958 when I was three or four years old I was diagnosed with scarlet fever (i) and was placed in total isolation (ii) at the Green Lane Isolation hospital in Farnham. This must have been a traumatic event for … Continue reading

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Shadow Self Portrait

Initial thoughts for assignment 3 were to work with reflections, an area I have previously explored with a modicum of success (here), and there did seem to be the opportunity to take this idea further. I briefly researched reflective self … Continue reading

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Masquerades

At first it might be surprising that the earliest known self-portrait turns out to be a masquerade (i), but, as Roland Barthes (2) suggests, photography has a closer relationship with theatre than it does with painting so role playing, camouflage, mimicry, disguise and … Continue reading

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Reflective Self Portrait: Henri, Friedlander, Steele-Perkins and Scianna

In Autofocus Susan Bright (7) offers a selection of self portraits by contemporary artists. Overall this collection didn’t capture my imagination, leaving me uninspired and somewhat confused. Having become excited by the idea of approaching a self portrait project, this … Continue reading

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Auto Focus: The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography by Susan Bright

Susan Bright’s book (1) should be the ideal starting point for a study of self-portrait and in many ways it is but I find the artists’ work that Bright has selected to be generally rather uninspiring. As one would expect … Continue reading

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