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:
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….