Self-portrait 14; 365 Degrees

22 May
Self-portrait 14; 365 degrees J

Self portrait 14;    365 Degrees

For this challenge “365 Degrees” a portrait of myself was superimposed upon the same portrait reversed as a mirror image. It was then segmented and the elements painted and textured, each treated with a different filter to produce a mask-like figure, the mask split by my own Chest X-ray taken when I had pleurisy in Pondicherry, India, a few years ago.

Making a self-portrait is itself a challenge, it is inherently autobiographical. In these times selfie photographs are bandied about two a penny, but they nevertheless reveal something of the identity. In this selfie I discover aspects of myself not previously realised. In some ways this image is personally significant; quite a brutal exposure, which I hesitate to explain further.

Photography is the art of documentation and a self-portrait is a singular document; it mirrors reality with precision and incredible detail. But it can also be used to question our perception of reality producing elaborate fiction within the image. Photographs are not mere recording devices. In a way the photograph is analogous to a stage upon which to enact our own story. Fiction contains elements of truth, sometimes well hidden. For an actor, the character is the mask that hides the actor, he is protected by it; it allows him to lay down his soul, bare to the last intimate detail.


4 Responses to “Self-portrait 14; 365 Degrees”

  1. leecleland May 23, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    A very different look at a ‘Selfie’! The making of this image has required skill and a degree of openness. I like the idea of splitting of the portrait and using different textures and filters on each. An intriguing piece Tony.

    • Xraypics May 23, 2016 at 10:06 am #

      Thanks Lee. It’s surprising when doing a self portrait what one discovers! Maybe not a good idea to look too hard!

  2. Photobooth Journal February 23, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

    I like your analysis of self portraiture as much as I like the image. If I was so brain foggy from BP issues and humidity, I’m sure I’d be able to elaborate more. One of my favourites in your catalogue, Tony.

  3. Photobooth Journal February 23, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

    See BRAIN FOG! I meant to say “If I was not so brain foggy . . . “ 😄

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