“.All photographs are selfportraits.”
– Minor White
I’ve never done a literal self-portrait – but considering the idea presented by Minor White, I guess I’ve done nothing but.
No matter what you photograph, how you photograph it, or what style you finish it in, you are turning that work into a form of self-expression. It is not a selfportrait in the literal sense but in the sense of stating what you like and don’t like, how you feel about things, what you take on them is. Of course, that is also there in a literal self-portrait – plus you get the added bonus of seeing the physical you. Maybe I’ll try one of these soon…
What has your experience been of selfportraiture? Do you think you other work reveals something about you that would not be possible in a real selfportrait? Is there some dimension tapped through the indirectness of the subject that would not be available if you were the subject?
Is it possible to make art that is not self expression, not a selfportrait of some form? Perhaps that’s what makes it art – the degree to which you have allowed the picture to say something about yourself.