DigiGirl's Blog

the art of the self-portrait

Posted on: June 19, 2009

Back when AOL’s chat rooms were the place to be, and match.com got popular, most people were digging through their prints of photos and scanning them in to their computer.

I did the online dating thing over ten years ago. I find it fun. I’m not one of those people who is always getting fixed up with guys, or meeting them in the produce section of the grocery store. I’ve met guys through mutual friends, through work, meeting at a bar, party, or school, but otherwise, I think the most obscure place I ever met someone that I dated was my at my hair salon, and he turned out to be gay. 

But, back to my point of this blog, the art of the self portrait.

So, we’re all out here building spaces, making profiles, and adding the visuals that are supposed to reflect who are, or how want to be perceived. Some people still use photos that others take of them. But the new wave is the digital self portrait.

I never did it, until the beginning of this year, and found it somewhat uncomfortable when I did it. But now, it’s like a freakin hobby. And looking at everyone else’s profiles, I think we’ve developed a sub-culture of self-exposure.

So, I see lots of levels of those who self-expose. And these are totally my little boxes I’m creating, and not intentded to offend or reflect any one person.

I’d like to start off with the amateurs who….don’t have any ambition to do better. These folks stand in front of the bathroom mirror, hold the camera up, and take the picture – so you see the camera in the photo. Seriously, take 10 or so by extending your arm and see what you come up with, right? It’s digital. You can delete as many as you need to.

Second level, are the ones who use their timer and take 10 seconds to run over in front of the camera and strike a pose. This takes a bunch of effort. I know, I’ve tried it. If you don’t get a good one in the first two, it’s gets time consuming. But the funny part are the poses. And guys are a bit worse than girls:) Not so much the pose, but the fact you can tell it’s a pose.

Third level, now we’re getting to the good ones. These are the people who put time into it and actually treat it more like modeling. The approach:  I’m looking photogenic right now and feelin’ creative, so I’m going to have a photo session that I can post later. They take lots of pics in interesting places and angles. They may use effects on their photos.

But the cream of MY crop are the ones that somehow manage to capture one, perfect, moment. The photo that gets the viewer so engaged, that they are absorbed in that moment too.

Beautiful. Bravo. I hope to someday aspire to that level.


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