We live in an age of selfies and endless self-promotion, vastly different from the time when the only people who ever made a self-portrait were serious artists, including photographers.
But I would argue that anything we photograph is in some way a self-portrait.
Each image we make is an attempt to capture what we feel is most beautiful, interesting and inspiring, and as such is a direct reflection of who we are at our core.
The themes that arise in our photographs represent our fundamental beliefs, desires and identity.
For example, I often photograph flowers and leaves up close, with a shallow depth of field.
To me this reflects basic elements of my personality and how I view the world – focusing on a single thing at a time, blurring out all else, finding beauty in tiny, intimate details.
I also frequently photograph decaying, rusting or otherwise weathered man made objects, most often being reclaimed and overrun by plants and trees.
This conveys my fundamental belief in the power of nature and how it will always return stronger, more determined, better evolved.
These are beliefs I’ve held all of my life, growing up in the countryside, wandering and playing in fields and woodland for hours on end.
How about you? Do you believe that every photograph is a self-portrait? How do your best photographs reflect who you are?
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