Guest-Directed Self-Portrait #43, directed by carathewalton ("Teach us something. Take your passion and incorporate it into your photograph. You can include creative use of text to teach us about anything that fascinates you.") 
        Well, this is really more about teaching myself. One of my passions is photography, though i’m still very much an amateur. One thing i almost never do is use flash for photos, because it almost always looks like crap, flattens the subject, burns out details, etc. You can usually get better results by setting up lights, working with your camera’s speed, or even brightening in photoshop.
         Here is something i’ve been wanting to try, using a flash in broad daylight, and i had to figure out how to do it on my camera. Why use a  flash in broad daylight? The problem with photography in bright sunlight is that it also tends to burn out some areas, while leaving others very dark (i.e. giving people ‘raccoon eyes’). The flash fills out the areas, and evens out the lighting. I tend to have dark areas under my eyes as it is, so i think this did a really excellent job. 
        Toronto, Ontario, August 31, 2014.

Guest-Directed Self-Portrait #43, directed by carathewalton ("Teach us something. Take your passion and incorporate it into your photograph. You can include creative use of text to teach us about anything that fascinates you.")

Well, this is really more about teaching myself. One of my passions is photography, though i’m still very much an amateur. One thing i almost never do is use flash for photos, because it almost always looks like crap, flattens the subject, burns out details, etc. You can usually get better results by setting up lights, working with your camera’s speed, or even brightening in photoshop.

Here is something i’ve been wanting to try, using a flash in broad daylight, and i had to figure out how to do it on my camera. Why use a flash in broad daylight? The problem with photography in bright sunlight is that it also tends to burn out some areas, while leaving others very dark (i.e. giving people ‘raccoon eyes’). The flash fills out the areas, and evens out the lighting. I tend to have dark areas under my eyes as it is, so i think this did a really excellent job.

Toronto, Ontario, August 31, 2014.

A problem with mirroring the sides of one’s face is when one has an intentionally asymmetrical haircut. In my case, for example, the part on the left side.

Thanks!

The mirroring idea  should have been a GDSP in itself.

Thanks!

The mirroring idea should have been a GDSP in itself.

Alternate for Guest-Directed Self-Portrait #49, directed by  of-saudade ("Show me your doppelgänger. They’re not quite you. You see them when your reflection does something you don’t expect. They have something you don’t, or they’re lacking something you have.") 
        This time, with more drama.
        Oshawa, Ontario, August 18, 2014.

Alternate for Guest-Directed Self-Portrait #49, directed by of-saudade ("Show me your doppelgänger. They’re not quite you. You see them when your reflection does something you don’t expect. They have something you don’t, or they’re lacking something you have.")

This time, with more drama.

Oshawa, Ontario, August 18, 2014.

Guest-Directed Self-Portrait #49, directed by  of-saudade ("Show me your doppelgänger. They’re not quite you. You see them when your reflection does something you don’t expect. They have something you don’t, or they’re lacking something you have.") 
        It was a little more dramatic when i was flipping between the two in photoshop. A little upsetting, too.
        Oshawa, Ontario, August 18, 2014.

Guest-Directed Self-Portrait #49, directed by of-saudade ("Show me your doppelgänger. They’re not quite you. You see them when your reflection does something you don’t expect. They have something you don’t, or they’re lacking something you have.")

It was a little more dramatic when i was flipping between the two in photoshop. A little upsetting, too.

Oshawa, Ontario, August 18, 2014.

guestdirectedself:

mollybroxton:

I miss the initial enthusiasm of guestdirectedself. I guess I should probably catch up on my own backlog of prompts-not-yet-followed before I give anyone else a hard time.

These are all images from GDSP #1, from December 2011 and January 2012

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SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS/LINKS HERE
THE PROMPTS
FAQs
A WORD FROM THE GDSP

Look at us! We were babies!

guestdirectedself:

mollybroxton:

I miss the initial enthusiasm of guestdirectedself. I guess I should probably catch up on my own backlog of prompts-not-yet-followed before I give anyone else a hard time.

These are all images from
GDSP #1, from December 2011 and January 2012

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SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS/LINKS HERE

THE PROMPTS

FAQs

A WORD FROM THE GDSP

Look at us! We were babies!

mollybroxton:

Guest Directed Self Portrait #49, Directed by of-saudade:

Saw a movie with a friend this afternoon, so that’s something.

Guest-Directed Self-Portrait #46, directed by  lilmissnatalie ("Sorrow. All that it encompasses. All of its forms. What is your interpretation of how sorrow expresses itself.") 
     I am most open and demonstrative when i’m happy, and withdrawn when i’m not. My sadness is usually a result of being or feeling inadequate. 
        Oshawa, Ontario, July 12, 2014.

Guest-Directed Self-Portrait #46, directed by lilmissnatalie ("Sorrow. All that it encompasses. All of its forms. What is your interpretation of how sorrow expresses itself.")

I am most open and demonstrative when i’m happy, and withdrawn when i’m not. My sadness is usually a result of being or feeling inadequate.

Oshawa, Ontario, July 12, 2014.

It’s shitty to find out my friends don’t like me as much, don’t enjoy my company as much.

Oh yeah, friends getting together without you. And one of them telling you about it.

I’m told by one of my students that another student does a hilarious impression of me dancing. All in good fun, except, you know…

Guest-Directed Self-Portrait #47, directed by magpie—at—home ("A Picture of You Holding a Picture of You" I can remember my father making photographs of my sister and I holding older images of ourselves to document the passing of time. In an unspoken tradition, I have done the same with my three sons. For the next GDSP, I’d like you to take a picture of you, holding a picture of you. It can be an older image of you or not. Create a dialogue between the image you include and the image you make. Be introspective beforehand and transport your viewers after.") 
  I should have sucked in my belly a bit. Also, i often forget to smile when i take my photo (thinking too seriously about taking the photo?).
        I’m not sure where the drawing was done - perhaps the CNE. But it would have been the summer of 1974. YIKES! Aging, not for the faint of heart.
        Oshawa, Ontario, June 21, 2014.

Guest-Directed Self-Portrait #47, directed by magpie—at—home ("A Picture of You Holding a Picture of You" I can remember my father making photographs of my sister and I holding older images of ourselves to document the passing of time. In an unspoken tradition, I have done the same with my three sons. For the next GDSP, I’d like you to take a picture of you, holding a picture of you. It can be an older image of you or not. Create a dialogue between the image you include and the image you make. Be introspective beforehand and transport your viewers after.")

I should have sucked in my belly a bit. Also, i often forget to smile when i take my photo (thinking too seriously about taking the photo?).

I’m not sure where the drawing was done - perhaps the CNE. But it would have been the summer of 1974. YIKES! Aging, not for the faint of heart.

Oshawa, Ontario, June 21, 2014.

Those were the suckiest self-portraits ever.

Why i have self-esteem issues.

"Like these people put no effort into staying friends!"

"I’m having lunch with someone, but i’m free after. We could decide to do do something and tell anyone who wants to join in they can"

"Mehhh"