Some photographers can’t resist the temptation to turn the camera on themselves. I’m one of them. I’ve photographed myself many times over the years. I am vain in that way, but my vanity does not extend to remaking my image into something finer than it is. I like a plain, straight photograph generally, and this holds true for pictures I take of me just as well as for pictures I take of others.
Here is my current response to the call for Self Portraits from PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont.
We photographers long for an audience for our photographs. It isn’t that we find them; it is more that we keep an eye out for that perfect audience who would think we have a great shot. Across the imaging landscape there are hundreds of Calls For Entry from galleries and magazines and the like. Some calls are private, but most are Open calls. Some of those calls come from those whose taste for sublime images are consistently of the highest caliber. For me, these attract my kind of audience, the kind that are interested in the art of it.
I love the PhotoPlace Gallery for just that. The folks there have perfected the process of exhibiting superb submissions to their open calls. They understand photography and a photographer’s desire to publish, and they are particularly good at choosing curators who know a good picture when they see one. I have had success showing there, but that success is rare when compared to the number of calls that I’ve answered from them. If I am selected to show this time, I will be very pleased.