Bird Gallery and Studio had a brilliant idea, instead of getting artists to submit images of others, why not challenge them to capture their own likeness for an exhibition called ‘Oh! You Pretty Things‘. This is not something I do on a regular basis and I can honestly say that I don’t feel very comfortable in front of the camera. But, many photographers say that self portraiture is one of the best ways to test ideas about lighting, composition and different techniques as you have plenty of time to experiment.
This shot was actually one that I never intended to publish. It was a test inspired by a book I was reading called ‘Creative Portrait Photography’ by Miss Aniela, a fine art photographer based in London UK. She stared her career doing many experimental, levitation style images, something I thought would be fun to attempt.
Shot in my garage with the help of a tripod, a chair to lean on (which was later removed), my boyfriend clicking the shutter and then compositing a few images together, this is the result! There are definitely a lot of things I would do differently if I were to attempt this again but it was a good learning experience.
The closing party for the exhibition at Bird Gallery is on March 7th, check out their Facebook event for more information.