A Self-portrature Project: Week Two

So the self portrait project has continued and is evolving. Last week I again shot a pic per day and on Thursday also invited twenty friends to join in for their own portrait in the same lighting set-up.

The invitation was open ended, they could bring anything they wanted, would have some privacy, about 8 minutes in front of the camera and could chill and drink in our studio lounge and socialise during the waiting periods.

It is now Monday again and I didn’t feel like stopping so I’ve decided to continue, I’m not sure for how long. I’ll have to better co-ordinate my “button-pressers” though and make sure to have a good supply of wine in my studio for them!

Here are screen shots from my working folder of each day in order that I shot them last week:

Self Portraiture Project by Leah Hawker

Self Portraiture Project by Leah Hawker

Self Portraiture Project by Leah Hawker

Self Portraiture Project by Leah Hawker

Self Portraiture Project by Leah Hawker

Monday’s project was very personal, I suppose it’s a portrait of grief. On Tuesday I took all the Asian bondage rope I’ve used over the years for a number of projects and commissions and made myself into a rope sausage. The lighting is really classical and pretty. On Wednesday I’ll admit I was in a rush and had wanted to shoot a sweet candid portrait in one of my all-time-favorite dresses. The balloons were already in the studio for another shoot and I grabbed them. Thursday became my interactive shoot eve with friends and I dressed like my idea of a “female profession photographer”.

And lastly, I’d wanted to shoot a portrait covered in soap suds, the portrait idea had evolved when I remembered those shampoo hair style photos so many kids have taken of themselves when they’re sitting in the bath being laughed at  (lovingly) by a parent mid way through a bath-time-hair-wash session. I lit the image to look totally 50’s advertorial, I should almost be selling butter….

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