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putting myself in the picture

putting myself in the picture

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You've been framed! tongue
paul: not for the first time
Hello, why so shocked?
paul: the flash went off unexpectedly smile
paul: you should see the version in the attic
  • blackdog
  • 3rd Stone From the Sun
  • 13 Jan 2009, 08:59
That'll teach you! Surreal ;o)
paul: I thnk I need to invest in a nail and hang myself
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Jan 2009, 09:28
Very clever Paul. You look like one of those ancestral portraits whose eyes follow you wherever you are in the room!
paul: god help my descendants
Great portrait of your ancestor Paul (lol)!
paul: A little tribute to Jo Spence
Excellent ! A likey !!
paul: thanks Zeb!
lol brilliant stuff Paul, quality self portrait smile
paul: Note to self - have a shave before next self portrait
The eyes have it ... slightly manic but an amazing image. richard
paul: I take my inspiration from marty feldman
Very brave. Very stupid. Very good! wink
paul: I have no shame here on SC
What does David mean, "very stupid."? I like it and admire you for doing it.
Hhow about photoshopping your body out of the picture at the bottom so it's just you in the frame with the hands?
paul: That was my first idea but I like the absurdity of this version better

I think the 'very stupid' comment is quite called for - this is me, holding an empty picture frame over my head with some black cloth stapled to it to provide a background, pulling a silly face while I photograph myself smile you can ask my family and they will confirm David's view.

The alternative view starts with Jo Spence and her book "Putting myself in the picture". I have been struggling with the idea of self-portrait for some time now. I have no idea how to represent myself in a truthful way.

I found Jo's book many years ago. It had a profound influence on how I thought about photography and how the act of making an image could be therapeutic and life-changing. This silly picture has no such grand designs. It is me saying something about how hard it is to know who you are, how other people see you, and how you would want to present yourself.
Clever shot Paul smile
  • Silvia
  • Argentina
  • 24 Jan 2009, 17:16
I dont know if I told you before, but here there is a painter in my country that says that your face doesnt belong to you but to the ones who sees you, so I'm sorry to tell you that you're different for everybody. Regards. Sil.
paul: well that is no surprise, what I am wondering is who am I to me

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