Tag Archives: Self Portrait

Black and White Processing

Two ideas came together to help me decide to process the shadow self portraits project in black and white. Tradition Pliny the elder, who died at Pompeii during the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 documented how both painting and sculpture were discovered. In … Continue reading

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Shadow Self Portrait Contact Sheets

The time has come to bring assignment 3, self portrait, to a conclusion. Having started shooting at the end of April and continued for about five weeks at a number of different locations the selection and editing process has been time consuming. Every … Continue reading

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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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