52 Self-Portraits

One of my main projects for 2018 was a self-portrait a week using my Instax camera, as taught in Vanessa Oliver-Lloyds 52 Portraits Class (sadly no longer available).

Some of these photos were taken on the same day, as I often was behind or if I ran out of film. I used some of Vanessa’s prompts but I mostly used my own. It became more of a documentation of what I was going through at the time.

One period was very difficult for me, as I started to experience some really bad depression episodes. I hesitated about showing them here, but I think it’s important to show that not everything in life is as bright and beautiful as we want it to be on Instagram.

I also changed the journal I was using half-way through, as my first journal was too small and fell apart. I originally created captions for each photo but decided in my second journal to let the photos speak for themselves.

I really enjoyed this series. I am not sure if it’s something I will redo in future years but it taught me a lot about my camera and being creative when you don’t know what the result will be. It also taught me to just accept things and not retake the same photo 10 times because I didn’t like how it looked.

For 2019 I plan to create another daily art journal, as I did in 2017. Who knows, maybe I will add a few Instax in there as well. What projects are you planning to create in 2019? Have you ever created a year-long photography project


5 Replies to “52 Self-Portraits”

  1. These photos tell a deep story. They don’t need captions nor do they need to be big “classic” photos. The instant aspect of the Instax conveys a lot more than one might have thought. A meaningful project

    1. It really was so meaningful. I am so happy I have a physical album to look back on. It feels like an accurate presentation of the best and worst moments of 2018.

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