Self-portrait. Lower East Side, New York City.
As a photographer who doesn’t primarily deal with portraiture in a major way, I find it really intriguing to dabble with light and self-portraiture because it’s a puzzle I am endlessly trying to figure out.
I mentioned in my earlier photo-post today that I have had the pleasure of using a Sony SLT-A77 this week and so I decided to experiment with self-portraiture again. I decided to give myself the challenge of relying on the camera and lens (Sony Carl Zeiss 16-80mm ƒ3.5-4.5) and the light from my trusty desk-lamp solely rather than post-processing. I didn’t even apply any makeup because I wanted to keep everything as close to imperfect as possible (if that makes any sense?).
I was inspired by the rigid rules of a self-portrait photo challenge earlier this year where the stipulations were that the portraits had to be straight out of the camera with no processing whatsoever. I really enjoyed that sort of challenge especially since I don’t own any dedicated studio equipment (you can see the results here or the first 9 photos here if that first link doesn’t work). It forced me to focus on the available lighting and really learn the limitations of the lens I was using.
It’s always good to step out of one’s comfort zone.
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