Self-Portrait Photography

I am proud to say I was taking “selfies” long before they became a world-wide phenomenon.  In reality, I avoid the word altogether as I consider them to be rather vulgar.  I prefer the art of self-portraits.

These galleries contain self-portrait images from the past couple of years.  Self-portrait photography has been a favorite pastime of mine for many years.  It is not an easy art, as there is great difficulty in composing the images.  Other factors can be difficult as well, such as exposure & focus, but these can be overcome with little tips of the trade.  Here is a good blog on that subject.

I was fortunate to spend over two years in San Diego, whose nearby deserts offer amazing conditions for self-portrait work.  Abundant sunshine, incredible diffused light reflecting off of rock formations, endless privacy, and easy access.  My other choice of backdrop for self-portrait photography is abandoned buildings.  I love the play of colorful underwear against colorful graffiti as well as the combination of curves in my body with shapes of the same tags.

Self-portrait photography is also a good mechanism for low-budget head-shots, workout progress photos, and profile photos for various websites.  Often the facial expression is much better than with a photographer as I am completely relaxed.

Check out google images of famous self portrait photographers!


A self-portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by that artist. Although self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it is not until the Early Renaissance in the mid-15th century that artists can be frequently identified depicting themselves as either the main subject, or as important characters in their work. With better and cheaper mirrors, and the advent of the panel portrait, many painters, sculptors and printmakers tried some form of self-portraiture. Portrait of a Man in a Turban by Jan van Eyck of 1433 may well be the earliest known panel self-portrait.He painted a separate portrait of his wife, and he belonged to the social group that had begun to commission portraits, already more common among wealthy Netherlanders than south of the Alps. The genre is venerable, but not until the Renaissance, with increased wealth and interest in the individual as a subject, did it become truly popular.

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