I took this self-portrait as part of my Self-Portrait Challenge a few years ago. The idea behind the challenge was to take a series of creative self-portraits that would push my creativity and skills as a photographer. It isn’t easy to be both photographer and subject when you are using a manual focus camera. Unfortunately, many of the self-portraits I made did not live up to my vision. But I learned a lot in the process and I hope to take up the challenge again one day. The theme for this photo, #3 on the challenge list, was Formal.
I ought to try this. I’d learn a lot, and hopefully I’d get some useful self portraits out of it.
This project really pushed me to think through all the technical elements for each self-portrait. Lighting was the hardest to do on my own. I often had to convince my wife to sit for me so I could see how the light was falling.