Xanthe Berkeley is one of my favourite online photographers, and recently, she wrapped up a 52-week self portrait project.  She wrote about why she loved the process of taking self-portraits, dismissing notions of vanity:

"I’ve talked about the importance of self portraits before. Sometimes it’s a struggle to not come across as vain, but instead I like to acknowledge this journey as learning about who you are and how you see yourself.

But more importantly I know it’s helped me grow as a portrait photographer, in terms of composition, light, location and subject matter. Thankfully it’s also enabled me to have a collection of photos to look back on with some wonderful memories."

I love this idea, but particularly the part about how taking self portraits challenged her ability to compose a shot.  I've obviously done self-portraits before, but usually just for the purposes of updating my bio page or Christmas cards.  So I thought I'd give it a try -- this time, considering Xanthe's methods.  I don't know that I'll succeed in keeping this up for 52 weeks, but it would be certainly an interesting way of journaling, I think.

With that, have a great weekend, everyone.


Image:  Photographed with my Nikon D300, 17-50mm Tamron lens.  aperture 2.8, shutter speed 1/400, ISO 200.

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