Say hello to Autumn…and me!
Welcome to this week’s wrap-up post
The theme for Week 39/52: Self portrait #4
I was a bit stressed this week – I had no idea what to do for my self portrait #4 photo. I took a few shots trying to show that I was joined at the hip with Autumn and worked on this premise but without any real joy. At the moment our trees are alive with autumn (see my Instagram spam) colour despite the temperatures being on the summery scale, in the high 20s early 30s (celcius that is!).
I stressed and stressed, asked for help from my daughters and anyone who would offer an opinion. All this did was to get me more confused and stressed. So I went with my original choice and wrote some accompanying words.
Autumn and I are kindred spirits, and I like to think we’re at one with the world. We share the same autumnal colour palette with the beautiful range of reds, yellows and oranges. We love the transition of the pretty dancing leaves as they flutter silently to the ground, on their way to becoming crunchy leaves just right for stepping on; the softer muted hues of nature and the crispness of the air around us. There’s also a sense of adventure on the horizon with the changes Autumn brings. If I was a season I’d definitely be Autumn.
I was also reminded that this project is all about having fun, something I’d forgotten during my moments of stress. If I wasn’t having fun them why was I putting myself through this?
I think my photo shows that I am having fun. The photo below was my second choice but I went with my first choice due to the colours and my face being a bit hidden, as if I was trying to hide some of myself, from myself.
We started this 52 week photography project with a self portrait and then every so often we have another go at showing ourselves. In only two of the 4 self portraits, so far, have I actually shown my face. I believe there are more ways to do a self portrait than just take a selfie. I have tried to challenge myself throughout the process and hope I have grown a little in my skills.
Here are my earlier self portraits from Weeks 1, 13 and 26. Any thoughts or feedback to offer?
Photos from the group
The photos from the others in the group were fantastic and fun and fabulous!!!
Here’s a summary (in my words) – you really need to click the link to read their words as well as see their photos for yourself! We always appreciate hearing your thoughts 🙂
Daniel’s shot was a fun ‘awkward’ moment – he’s so funny!!
Grant’s photo was a great selfie in the bathroom mirror – he’s done a great job and I laughed out loud when I saw it!
Melanie’s photo was her latest accessory – her black puppy on her feet.
Sharon got a great shot of herself by using an app on which allowed her to use the timer setting on her camera via her phone. It’s a fabulous shot.
Tim’s photo showed him playing with the light settings in the studio. It’s a great self portrait!
You can read more about the story behind the project here: 52 week photography project – but basically I have joined with 5 photographers, of varying experience, to take a photo every week for a year, one theme at a time. That’s 52 weeks of photos!
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree – Emily Bronte
With each photo we also submit some accompanying words, which can be just as interesting as the photo itself some weeks! This can include the subject, the setup, the story behind it and even the process we have used to get our photo for the week. It’s certainly extending my creative thought processes!
How did you like our interpretations this week? Let me know as I always appreciate hearing from you.
Next week’s theme is: Photographer’s Choice
Enjoy your week ahead.
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