Self expression

I loath having my photo taken. Forget water-boarding, bamboo splinters under my fingernails, heavy metal blasted at 11, or even sleep deprivation (been there, doing that), the worst form of torture is posing for a portrait. I’ve been brought to tears before because I couldn’t escape a camera aimed at me.

Want to piss me off, try to take my photo without telling me. I have no problem yanking the camera out of your hands and beating you with it. Just kidding… no, I’m not.

The small avatars I have in my sidebar, and use on various social media sites, are as rare as Bigfoot. I rejected literally hundreds of selfies before accepting defeat and using the least offensive. Even that word, “selfie,” makes me cringe.

When I saw the WordPress Photo prompt for this week, again I cringed, but took up the challenge. Perusing my photo library, I turned up more photos of myself than I expected. Fortunately, very few featured a clear view of my face.

What I do like about them, is that they depict me doing what I love the best… camera in hand, snapping away.

That is me. That is my identity, my self-portrait. I view the world through my lens, stealing moments and capturing them in the blink of an eye. Hopefully, sharing a little piece of myself in each of my photos.

I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting.”

~ Harry Callahan

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Submitted to Weekly Photo Challenge. The theme was to, “share a selfie
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I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

17 thoughts on “Self expression

  1. I loathe the term selfie, it seems so selfish. Which I suppose is the idea that it needs to conjure.
    I don’t hate having my picture taken, but I want to be happy when it happens. Like every self aware person, I know when I look at a picture, even decades later, if I was happy, sad, faking the smile and I feel that emotion come rushing over me. Your eyes always give you away.
    But Jessie (as always) is right, I want Gio and Jacob to be able to show me off to their children, spouses , etc. I know how much I love showing them pictures of my dad and now, Ben.

    besides, YOU’RE GORGEOUS!

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  2. I agree. Everyone else should accept having their photo taken by me. Cameras taking my photo neglect to record my George Clooney good looks :-). I would have been happy to submit selfies like yours…..which gives me an idea…..

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    1. I actually take very few photos that include other people. I’m much more comfortable snapping pic of seagulls than friends or family, and I don’t particularly like seagulls.

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  3. me too…hate it

    I’ve noticed a lot of photogs like yourself feel this way. I wonder if it’s a psych thing about being in control behind the camera but not, in front of it?

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    1. It could very well be that. I am much more comfortable being the one taking a photo. I think I’m also more aware that other people may feel like I do, and am much more sympathetic.

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  4. I love the one of you with the sun behind your head. That aura is superb. Here’s the thing about pictures. It’s a good idea to cringe through a few every year for posterity. Your grandkids are GOING to want to show THEIR kids how much they look like you. I LOVE to look at my great-grandmother’s ancient black and white photos, turned up in the tossing of Poppa’s house last fall, and see myself. Definitely, make the photographer warn you. But don’t cringe too much. Otherwise, how will we all get Trifecta pictures in Destin????

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  5. I have a picture of your lovely face that I took as you stood alongside Sandy Lee at Blogher 2009. Given what I’ve read in this post, I feel fortunate to have it – it is one of my treasures.

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