I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. -Frida KahloSelf-portraits have remained a constant in my photography. It started out as a way to experiment with new ideas. I was essentially the only model available. I joke that I am always around, know exactly what the photographer wants and do not complain (well, I still complain). But it has evolved into much more than that over the years.
Self-portraiture has become a means of therapy, a way to express emotions of myself or others around me. Also, as a way to place myself in a surreal world that doesn't quite exist in our reality. I found out over time that ultimately a picture with me in it becomes more personal than of any one else as the subject.
I am pleased to announce that I have 3 images in the Darkroom Gallery's current exhibition Id: The Object of Self. My image The Heart and The Heavy was selected as Juror's Choice (by the amazing Cig Harvey). This was the first in a series I have been currently working on with the same name.
|© 2012 Heather Evans Smith Photography / The Heart and The Heavy: Juror's Choice for the Id: Object of Self exhibition|
For more information on the Darkroom Gallery, please go to their website. You can preview and purchase the exhibition book online here.