Do you ever get to a point where you’re feeling uninspired, in a rut or generally, well, slumpy? (A highly technical term, I know. Also, I may have made it up. Shhhh.) Anyway! I know the feeling – intimately. I believe that artists and creatives can experience this periodically, maybe even cyclically, when they’ve kind of been plugging along consistently over time… and I think it’s even more common in this age of social media and sharing where we get into a routine of posting posting posting, especially if we start feeling pressured (by our peers or just by some kind of internal need) to meet the “demand of the audience.” In my most recent “slumpy-time,” I found a way to re-inspire myself with my phone – mobile creativity helped me refocus and gain perspective.
At the end of 2014 I was feeling definitively slumpy. In the time period leading up to that feeling, I’d walked through some stressful, emotional things and dealt with some rejections that made me re-evaluate why I even make art and also to ask myself something like, “Is what I create just pure crap?” (By the way, if you find yourself asking this same question, it’s a sign that you’re totally slumpy and you’re also probably being a total jerk to yourself, so stop it, okay?) The answer to the second question, if you haven’t already guessed, was NO… and for me, that’s mostly because of the answer to the first question. I decided, as I considered all of this, that I wanted to really re-focus on why I make art, and I needed to find some way to inspire myself to get that focus back.Read More»
I decided to create the “motion” self portrait from my #52selfportraits list this past Sunday. Turns out, I made more than one that I liked, so why not spam you with several? *wink*
“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”
Have you created a motion self portrait? Show me!
Back in 2013, I did a 52 Self Portrait Project – every week, I created a new self portrait. It doesn’t seem taxing when you think it’s just one thing to do a week… but some weeks, it was hard to accomplish! I’m really glad I did it, though; I think I grew tremendously in skill and understanding of creating images that year because of my dedication to that project.
Recently, there was some interest by others in a source for weekly self portrait themes to try, so I decided to help out and create a list of 52 Self Portrait Themes that can be used for 2016. Inadvertently, creating the list has inspired me to jump in harder than I have in the past couple of years, again. Now, I’m not saying I’m going to do all 52 of these… but I will definitely do many of them. If you’d like to join me in some or all of these weekly themes, I’d be delighted! I’m including the list in this post. I would also love it if, any time you create one of these, you share it with me somehow (links here or ping me on social media where your work is). I don’t have any rules, so do whatever you want. You can do them all out of order if you feel like it – whatever.
52 Self Portrait Themes for 2016
03: Science Fiction / Futuristic
11: Imitate a Classic Painting
13: Altered Perspective
17: In Bloom
21: Big World (make yourself tiny)
22: Long Exposure
24: Greek Mythology
25: Alter Ego
29: Close Up
30: Dude, It’s, Like, Totally 80s. Duh.
33: The World Around Me
34: Imitate an Icon
38: Vintage (age yourself)
46: From A Distance
There will also continue to be bi-weekly “Selfie Sunday Project” Events (some have themes and some don’t) and Monthly Challenge Events (with themes, and prizes!) hosted by The Art of Self Portraiture Community. If you’d like to be aware of these when they happen, circle me on G+ (I post them all there) and/or join the Art of Self Portraiture Community on Google+ or Group on Facebook.
See you in your self portraits, my friends! <3
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A Minimalist self portrait image contains very little other than you or a part of you – there are very few or no props or background elements at all in the image. Often, the composition includes a great deal of negative space.
Tips & Inspiration
Here are some great examples for you to be inspired by:
The Minimalist Gallery on Flickr: https://goo.gl/SkGOWC
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Today is the last day to enter the April Self Portrait Challenge! In celebration of “April Showers,” but very flexible conceptually, our “Wet” theme allows you to interpret however you like. Get creative – we’re looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!
There are so many possibilities for this theme – will you be underwater, in the rain, or soaking in the tub? Maybe riding some ocean waves or drowning in a lake? The possibilities are endless!
For some inpirations, here’s my Self Portraiture a la H2O Gallery on Flickr – a collection of great “wet” self portraits by a variety of photographers: http://goo.gl/NYwGKM
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Here’s the image I created for the Challenge:
And another I shot this month falling under the same theme:
Love – there are so many different conceptualizations about what it is, and people often disagree both about what is is and how it makes them feel.
We figured that we’d let you guys battle out your feelings about that on the “Self Portrait Stage” for this Challenge.
Tell us: Is Love Cruel? Is Love Kind? Is it something else? What is Love? Let’s see how you can conceptualize this with your self portraits!
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Here’s the image I created for the Challenge.
When You Share Your Light, Expecting Nothing In Return, That Is Love
I hope you find something useful here! I loved seeing the post that DeShaun Craddock made after the show last night – a beautiful photo with some great thoughts to go along with it. See it here: http://goo.gl/sbKHRd
I’m very inspired by a variety of things – emotion of my own and that of others (particularly universal human emotion) as well as a blend of memories, experiences, poetry, literature, music and the magic of a dreamer’s mind. Consuming the art of others, staying in touch with my own emotions, and interacting with others are the main things that drive and inform my own work.
For example, this photo was inspired not only by the current season, but by a very special and nostalgic childhood memory of catching leaves with my brother, my belief that dreamers/creatives have a mental eye that others do not (see things differently), and my great admiration for this quote from an Edgar Allan Poe short story: “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
So tell me… What Inspires You?