Assignment #1 - Photographs

CLASS // Favorite self portrait of you and another artist

  From FACES on January 4, 2015 - a rather off day for me, but one of my favorites because of how spontaneous and comfortable I was when taking the photograph. My mood is reflected by the black and white and slight offset of the frame. Taken in my grandfather's home in Taipei, Taiwan.

 From FACES on January 4, 2015 - a rather off day for me, but one of my favorites because of how spontaneous and comfortable I was when taking the photograph. My mood is reflected by the black and white and slight offset of the frame. Taken in my grandfather's home in Taipei, Taiwan.

 Girl in Tornado by Alexis Mire - A photographer I found on Flickr. This is from her earlier work which was experimental and largely based on school assignments. She had a series based on shooting a creative self portrait every day and she came up with a lot of unique imagery purely from experimentation.  This image is one of my favorites of the simplicity and movement. She must have shot hundreds before getting exactly this. Her perseverance and willingness to do practically anything to get her shot is very inspiring.

Girl in Tornado by Alexis Mire - A photographer I found on Flickr. This is from her earlier work which was experimental and largely based on school assignments. She had a series based on shooting a creative self portrait every day and she came up with a lot of unique imagery purely from experimentation.

This image is one of my favorites of the simplicity and movement. She must have shot hundreds before getting exactly this. Her perseverance and willingness to do practically anything to get her shot is very inspiring.

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SELF PORTRAIT // OPEN

Grasp - September 2015

What were the main challenges in making this image?

I was battling the light, literally chasing it as the clouds came in and out of the sunlight through the blinds in this room. This is in one of my favorite rooms because the windows act as a huge softbox that bathes in the room in a soft and even light.

Did you have any technical difficulties?

After doing a small variety of self portraits over the year, I have the general set up figured out. I continue to struggle with the best way to get overhead shots with the tripod I have - I often need to remove a leg or two in post.

Would you do anything differently next time?

I'm actually really happy with what I accomplished here. One of those times where the first couple shots really captures what you want and the ones later on just don't do it for you. If I can manage to set up the frame farther away, I'd like to incorporate more of my face in the future.