“Young hearts burst open wounds bleed fresh”
Today’s self portrait is from one of my favourite sets of myself. These were taken in 2007 before I even had a DSLR, and just used a Sony digital camera. I really need to revisit this idea at a later time and refine it. I’ve always been fascinated and creeped out by the idea of puppets. One of the biggest things I had to deal with in my earlier 20s was the notion of being controlled by someone else. I’ve always used my photography as a personal freedom, and use to spend hours doing photos shoots with myself as a way to expression some of the darker parts of my personality and experiences. I like to incorporate that into my more professional photography but haven’t had much chance to lately.
I love this dadaist piece from my backlog. I’ve had it hanging in my house of years, and I cannot wait to one day blow it up and have it in a gallery. This piece is very much of the definition of what I love about photography and art and what I want to bring to the world. My fluffy stuff it like my ‘everyday’ photography but this is really my passion. As a self-portrait I think this says everything about me, I can see so much of my past in my expression. In a lot of my work my expression is very blank, I really like being a canvas for what else is happening around me. This photo employed a lot of my who I am, and I find that beautiful to see.
Another round of my 365 challenge for April! Its my first full month and I’m really loving it. There is a lot of cat photos getting in there but I cannot resist. I’ve started taking so many photos on a daily basis its great. It is so much fun going through them deciding which one will make it (I do put two up on occasion). If you want to see them daily, subscribe to my tumblr for the project as I put up each photo on the day I toke it. Like I did last month, I’ll share my favourite 5 with the gallery below of all the photos.
33/365 Postcards about to be mailed
35/365 Victor on the first walk of our new neighborhood
42/365 Butter through my vintage Anscoflex camera
47/365 Artist for Animal Fundraiser
53/365 Jacques Cartier Bridge at dusk.
For more, check out March’s 365 Challenge!
Oh my gosh, I did not even realize it was the end of April. It must have just flown by me, I know I’ve been busy unpacking and moving but my house has been completely unpacked for weeks! I hope your April was good. Mine has been a mixed bag but the last two weeks have just been really wonderful. Montreal is full on summer mode and seems to have skipped spring completely. I’ve been walking every weekend with Victor around our new neighborhood and that’s really been a great change. I’ve also started doing Yoga, I think I may need to do some more working out before I can handle doing a Yoga class since I’m a little ( a lot) out of shape but it is great to start something new. You may have noticed that this month there was no reviews for Vintage Tuesday or Lomography Wednesday, don’t worry those were just put on hold due to being so busy with the move and will be back in May. So far I do not have many plans for May, just painting the house and taking lots of photos :)
a few of my favourite posts from April:
Pick of the Week: KarolinFelix
Saturday Review: Camilla Rose Garcia
Picture of the Week: Artist for Animals
DIY: Paper Cranes
I am making a few changes to the blog for May.
- I love fashion and love dressing a little crazy so I wanted to add a What I Wore post to my blog, and why not alternate with Self-Portrait Sunday? I don’t know if this will become a staple so I’m declaring May and June as a trial period, let me know if you like these types of posts, I’d love the feedback. I’m a bit nervous as my self-portraits are all from photo shoots I’ve done or just trying to document my hair color so to me this is completely different. If I look nervous in the first few, you’ll know why. :)
- It turns out my favourite post to make Vingtage Tuesday, is much harder to take enough photos for a weekly post with developing film and finding time in the day to convert some of these beauties to work with modern film and clean them. I’ll see how May goes but I am thinking of switching it to be bi-weekly, so if you notice the frequency go down that’s why.
- There will no longer be a Picture of the Week. When I first created it was to encourage myself to do more photography on a weekly basis. But in March I started my 365 project on Tumblr and it seems a little repetitive. I will still be doing my monthly updates of the 365 project on my blog once a month on Fridays however check out my Tumblr in between for daily pictures.
I know so many changes but I’ve had a long month of comtemplating and that’s what spring is all about… reorganizing. :) For right now I think Friday is going to be a day of rest for me so instead I’m going to post photos of Butter when I can so I can spend my time on Friday working on my website. Have you ever clicked on my website link? It leads to the most ugly, not even remotely started website that I’ve spent maybe a week doing in September. So….it needs my love and there needs to be more Butter photos (that’s sarcasm as I have like 60GB of Butter photos on my hard drive – no joke)
This is a self-portrait of me and my backyard after a heavy snowfaull, 2010.
Masks in the snow, taken with my Holga with 120mm film.