Back around 2016 I was making quite a lot of self-portraits, as part of the first iteration of Advanced Photo, and again in 2020 during the start of the COVID pandemic. Recently reviewing those photos for the first time has inspired me to start again, I think due to the death of my mother. It’s always a yardstick for me to measure where I’m at mentally and as this has been a trying time since December started; that’s what seems to bring it back up again. Just recently Kodak’s Instagram account started a trend with #photographersonfilm which has included quite a few mirror selfies so at least I can say I was ahead of the curve there, but then again I haven’t really put any out there til now.
Ilford HP5+, Kodak Tri-X 400, Ilford XP2 Super
These are different from the self-portraiture exhibited in this post. It’s a completely different project and older. Except for the ones with the cowboy hat. But most of these are taken in the mirror, I’ve been doing that since 2016 at least, and always enjoy when I can get my camera in the shot as well. There are occasions when I’ll ask someone to take a picture for me and how it usually works is they take a photo of me with their phone and I’d like one of myself with my own camera, or I just straight up ask them first. Either way my rule is “My camera, my picture/Your camera, your picture.” It’s sort of the movie director argument of having “creative vision.” That though, has resulted in quite a few mishaps because even if I give my camera to someone older that should absolutely know how to use a film camera, they can usually figure out a way to screw it up: