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.