Saturday, January 8, 2011
Day 373 - Me and my Apple
So, I'm taking this portrait photography class, you know... take pictures of other people.
First assignment (and last assignment): Self portrait. WTF? How on earth do you make a 50 year old, slightly more than slightly over weight woman look good?
It is a well known, proven fact that wrinkled, over weight men do very well in front of the camera. If they sport a double chin, they just grow a beard. I can only think of five pictures that I have been a part of in the last 10 years.
I have read over and over ad nauseum that if you want to take great pictures of other people, you, yourself and I all have to be comfortable in front of the camera. Just one of those rules meant to be broken, I'm pretty sure. Besides, I hate rules.
This great guy from down under threw out a challenge. My Mad 52 is Allan's idea of a good time, 52 self portraits.
I love a good challenge. Allan, if you are listening, I accept. This weeks theme, yet another rule to be broken, is music.
Just pretend I'm humming Me and my Apple.
If you would like to know the story behind this one, I was sitting on this very bank before sunrise trying to freeze a little extra heinie off. Professor Photography teacher says "This image will become a testament to who you are as a person and a photographer at this moment."
Whoa, sunrise just ain't gonna cut it. If you've been following my 365 project, you know that I am rather fond of twinkly lights, reflections and running water.
As we are heading across the bridge, the always ready Oregon skies open up. I wanted to this picture tonight. So we waited and watched. Sure enough, the rain stopped. The ground was soaking wet as my butt will testify.
This photo is for a grade. I welcome any suggestions to improve it, I still have time to retake.