“Self Portrait” was the theme at this months Images Alberta Camera Club competition. I wanted to contribute something so put my mind to making a photo that says ME!
Easier said than done, I’ve taken many pictures of myself over the years for various reasons, but have never be particularly interested in capturing my “essence”.
In ruminating on the theme I focused on what makes people not want to have their picture taken; judgement.
In the age of social media many engage verbally or post images of the world through their eyes, but seem reluctant to post images of themselves, especially when it comes to avatars.
The inspiration for my eventual submission came after seeing my reflection in the laminate surface of stove. My head aligned with the temperature gauge and concept of “hotness” jumped into my brain. I only had my iPhone handy and didn’t have time to explore the subject to my satisfaction on site.
As soon as I got home I took a closer look at the thermostat in my condo and the theme found its home. Ultimately I went through several iterations and the final piece didn’t make the top three in the competition, but I’m happy with my results.
In the spirit of transparency and giving you a glimpse into the me that was I decided to presented a history of my photographic self portraits. I won’t be offended if you run away now.
Homey on a Balcony. Shot made with my first digital camera. I had a tripod and a self timer and a balcony.
Sculpted Self Portrait. This is one of my favourites. The plastacine captures the prominence of my brow!
Self Blurred. Because holding the camera in front of you and spinning around is fun!
I'm bad! I took this after a long bike ride. I can't remember how I felt other than exhausted, but the processing makes me look hard to the core!
Me and my pencil. This was a "professional" shot for an ad. Sometimes I still wish I spent more time with a pencil
I got new glasses and lighting myself from behind and looking up made me appear modern and forward thinking!
My all time favourite video game "Oblivion" allowed me to make a character that exults my geeky goodness!
That's me in the shadow. Deep, eh?
Self portrait with a 35mm at F1.8 I really like this picture, but I've heard it described as "Will Ferrell" and "Why are you angry?" so I stopped using it.
Bad Hair Day. This has the most likes on Instagram for the tag self portrati!
Hello Weekend! Using a triptych to tell a story or a cry for help?
What Happened? More fun with iPhone apps.
Getting off the topic of self and focusing on the topic of me I thought I’d post some shots of me taken by others featuring some of my more famous exploits.
Me and Walt. My career started with Disney. I don't know what he was thinking.
Me and the Ratpack. Frank was way off base.
Wrong end of the fight. Sinatra dared me to challenge Ali. That was a mistake.
Happy Days? I was cast as Potsy in the pilot, but my differences with Ron Howard resulted in an early exit.
Touring with Rush. I was a Roadie on the Hemispheres tour!
A flock of memories. I left Rush to join "A Flock of Seagulls". It seemed like a good idea at the time.
On the set of Pulp Fiction. In the early 90's I got into the movie industry. Unfortunately me and Quentin didn't see eye to eye.
Toy Story. Despite getting fired from the roll of Woody in the Pixar classic, Toy Story really sparked my interest in computer graphics.
My time in hockey. Before starting my current career I got a cup of coffee in the NHL.
I like to make pictures. Sometimes they move across the screen, sometimes they move you.
I draw with fire on wood, with my finger on a phone, with a keyboard and fancy filters and sometimes even with a pencil on paper. I use a camera to capture what I see and my imagination to capture what I can't see.