Through Lenses: The Importance of Self-Portraiture

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As you go about your day, you are bound to see photographs of people everywhere from billboards to the daily newspaper. The vast majority of these images have been doctored all to hell in order to twist the human form into something unattainable. You cannot look at these photos without reminding yourself that “You [may not] look like the girl in the magazine, but neither does she.” You might not care too much about the perfection being portrayed everywhere, you might already be close to the weight, height, symmetrically and skin color of that subject, but the fact of the matter is that this perpetuated ideal is killing the West.

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Through Lenses: 365 Days, Week #1

365 wk 1Why do a 365?
I find, as a photographer, that my output is either very high or very low. Sporadic, even. I can have a wonderful day where I capture over ten photos I love and then have weeks in between where I find nothing I like enough to edit. By starting a 365 project, and posting a photo each day on the Instagram app, I am able to keep my eyes open. I find many more things that I want to photograph or explore and I constantly look at the world around me like an artist. Every day can be creative, even if I am working from 8am to 10pm.

While that does not mean I am thrilled with what I capture every day, it means I can constantly improve my work. When it comes to taking a professional photo, I will be able to do so with less compositional error and higher success!

Though taking these photos and posting them everyday is all well and good, I find myself wanting to revisit my past posts. That is where this blog comes in! For each seven photos I take, I will choose a favorite one and also one, that, well, I hated, and explain the reasons why I chose them. I work to improve; speaking critically and objectively about the work I am doing is very important to me. Continue reading