self-portrait – behind that curtain

Unlike my sisters and my daughters, I've never been comfortable in front of a camera.  So it's a funny thing that I've been wanting to play with self portraits.  I've done a number of them in previous years in my Expressive Arts and other creative classes in all kinds of mediums, and they're a grand tool for exploring that vast place of mystery – the self.  Certainly I could use a little practice in exposing more of ME – something I've never been much up for.  

With all of the new job events and others this summer, I won't get up for one of my annual weeks at the Haliburton School of the Arts to do one of the courses in my Expressive Arts certificate program, so I figure it would be a good idea to do some creative play on my own.  And one gets introspective, I suppose, when one hits a landmark birthday.

I've no interpretation for this one, taken the day before I started my new job.  Except that maybe I'll get more comfortable with the whole camera thing and get out from behind curtainy shields.

14 June 2011


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    LindyLouMac in Italy June 16, 2011

    This is such an interesting and creative shot, no suitable curtains to try it out myself, but would love to sometime.
    I hope your new job is a great success.

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    Susannah June 17, 2011

    Lovely photo – I think that there is perhaps something about reaching a certain age and self portraits. I have been taking quite a few just lately myself. Perhaps it is like a right of passage? a re envisioning of ourself.
    Coincidently, very recently I have been taking photos ‘through’ things’ most noticeably I took portrait shots of my partner through a window (complete with reflections on the glass) – and photos of the cats too.
    I hope your new job is going well and you are enjoying your shorter commute. x

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    Jennifer June 17, 2011

    Oh do try it LL! It’s actually not a curtain but a camera filter in a cell phone app! Actually it’s three or four filters on top of one another. MUCH fun to play with!

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    Jennifer June 17, 2011

    Thank you Susannah! You’re right – it’s all about a “change” and doing some re-defining. Right of passage, as you say.
    You’ve always taken some marvellous self portaits. I LOVE the idea of shooting “through” things – I love the symbolism possibilities in that.
    I’m sorry I haven’t been around to visit. I’m sorry everyone! It’s the new job busy-ness. I will be back! And yes, it is going well and I LOVE the (walking) commute!

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    Selma June 22, 2011

    You are an excellent photographer. I really like this. You look really good and I like the whole vibe and tone of the shot. Lovely!

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    Jennifer June 23, 2011

    Oh, thank you Selma. These days there are so many tools to play with, which cover up the shortcomings on the photography side… but can help with a vibe too! xo

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