Today’s prompt in Kat McNally’s Reverb is:
Please post your favourite picture of yourself from 2014, self-portrait or otherwise!
When I was a kid the shaming reproach “me, myself, and I” was bandied about a lot, and I took it deeply to heart. It took me years to unravel that one, but now I celebrate that not only do I really like and say yes to me, but that I encourage others to take exquisite care of their selfhood as well.
Here’s my current favorite selfie:
It makes me laugh because it really does represent me – I’m notorious for cutting images off. And this was an accidental selfie. I was actually trying to take a photo of something in my studio with my iPad, but had the camera pointing the wrong way. Yep, I’m THAT kind of photographer.
In 2013 I started a summer practice of taking a selfie a day, and I have to say it turned out to be a very profoundly healing practice. I went from really hating to see myself in photographs to being really curious about who I really was showing up as. Earlier this year I started a practice of making a card each week which was a kind of journal-y snapshot of the week on one side and a selfie on the other. I wish I had kept the practice up because it’s been fun to look over the “deck.” I think I may incorporate that again in my practices for 2015.
But years before selfies were even remotely popular, I made this papercut selfie of myself for an interview in an artist zine.
I love it and have used the image for years (decades?) now, sometimes even using it as a computer icon.
Computer icon being a nice segue into this next photo of self as icon:
You can read a bit more about why I created it here, but it’s kind of an inspiration and study for a future project I have in mind that hasn’t made it to the work table yet. But it involves exploration of gilded edges, Matryoshka dolls, and what it means to be both human and holy. Maybe 2015 will be the year that unfolds. I’ll let my Muses decide.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you think. Are you a selfie taker? Or tired of it all or think it’s hopelessly self-indulgent? Ever created a non-photographic selfie? Think like I do that living a life that’s gilded around the edges is a lovely thing? Do tell – you know I love to hear.