Sunday, January 07, 2007

An Introduction

To begin, a simple portrait.

So why an entire year of self-portraits? Well, a few reasons, actually, and not because I'm egotistical enough to think that the world deserves to see my pretty face over and over. Well, not entirely, anyway. :)

I, like many photographers, have a goal to establish a good reputation for portrait work so that opening a studio can become a reality. To that end, I need practice. (Lots of practice, but that's another discussion.) I need to understand the lighting better. I need to work on setup and pre-shot routines. I need to work on composition and working with the subject. I need to work on post-processing.

Well, why not simply a PaW of portraits of other people? Lack of willing guinea pigs for the most part. And I still don't really feel comfortable enough behind the camera yet (both with setup and execution) to ask strangers to sit for me. It will come, with time. But I want to practice and work out some of the kinks with a subject who mostly won't complain, i.e., me.

So, I want practice, and I'm using the available subject. What else?

Well, that's what I intend to address in the written parts of the blog. An exposure of self. I have spent most of my adult life dealing with and worrying about and caring for other people. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but... The times that I've been able to take for me have been few and far between, to the point that I'm not even really sure who I am, or if I am the person I want to be.

I am defined by others: wife, mother, daughter, sister. I am defined by jobs: maid, teacher, taxi driver, nurse, secretary, accountant. I am defined by hobbies: cook, seamstress, photographer, writer. But is that all there is?

Somewhere, within all of these labels and job titles, Sara exists. But where? And to what purpose? And how to find her?

This promises to be an interesting journey. Hopefully, at the end (or somewhere in the middle), I will find some part of who I am, and meet her again. Until then, I'll see you next week.


Blogger Lisa Lent said...

hi Sara,
I think this is a great idea for your PAW. Let me know if you find the real Sara, I may begin to look for the real Lisa too :)

5:38 PM  
Blogger Jen P. said...

Wonderful theme! I can't wait see what it produces. I'm sure by the end of the year, you'll be roaring and ready to go at the portrait business. This is a very nice start to your PAW, it's a very sincere portrait.

9:19 PM  
Blogger L2 said...

Just beautiful. :)

11:53 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Great (and daring) theme for your PAW. I also look forward to watching your journey. This first portait is very soft, largely because of the lighting, I think. It is certainly a peaceful pose, with perhaps a hint of impishness around your mouth. Excellent start to the year.

5:03 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Lovely! Its neat to see the face behind the name. I tried a self portrait twice now and thats just incredibly difficult to pull off well. Good job here!

3:28 PM  

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