You may have seen my daily self-portraits on my Facebook page (or not, if you don’t follow me there – that’s okay. Sort of.), going on two weeks now, and either applauded me for my ‘bravery’, or unliked my Page for being self-indulgent and narcissistic.
Regardless, I was inspired by my friend Sarah of The Sunday Spill, a talented photographer, who embarked on a daily self-portrait project. Go on and read her lovely post about why she’s doing this.
Why am I doing this? Why am I taking pictures of me without make up, wearing my old but comfortable clothes, sometimes with my children, most times alone, and half of them, you see me from the back (and my ample posterior)?
I want to get into and stay in the picture. I want my children to see what their mother looked like at 36. I want a chance to play around with the camera. I want to be creative.
In this process, I have learned a few things. Pretty interesting things.
1. I am at home. A lot. I only get out of the house to do preschool pickups.
2. I don’t mind being home a lot. It’s a privilege.
3. I spend half my day on the floor with the kids.
4. I spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen.
5. It’s really difficult to get shots of both my boys with me. Someone’s always trying to grab the camera.
6. We have really shiny floors.
7. We have great natural light in our apartment. Actually, we have a really cozy place. I’m appreciating it a little more.
8. I own many pairs of black pants. They’re not the same pair, promise.
9. I am treasuring my daily moments more, because I’m thinking about them more. If that makes sense.
10. I’m falling in love with photography again.
Would you do a self-portrait project?
PS: I do love making lists. That seems to be how I’m writing my posts these days. I can’t help myself.