|I took this photo with my iphone and used the apps: Camera+, FocalLab and Mextures.|
‘The human body is the best work of art.’ – Jess C. Scott
‘Your are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.’ – Amy Bloom
‘Everybody has a part of her body that she doesn’t like, but I’ve stopped complaining about mine because I don’t want to critique nature’s handiwork… My job is simply to allow the light to shine out of the masterpiece.’ – Alfre Woodard
I always cringed whenever an art teacher expected a self portrait. Why in the world would I want to make a portrait of myself? Why would I want to document my big slightly crooked nose, uneven skin, pimples, little eyes, uneven smile, knobby knees, cellulite dimples, and wrinkles?
Despite all that, I signed up for Susan Tuttle’s online workshop The Art Of iPhoneoraphy Self-Portraiture. I wanted to learn about the apps she uses. I thought the information would be good for landscapes and flowers, I had no intention of taking a self-portrait.
Well that changed.
|I took this photo with my iphone and use the apps: Camera+, FocalLab and Mextures. I then felt it needed a little softening and I knew the Kim Klassen texture sybil would be perfect. I used the app Image Blender to add the texture.|
I wanted to try out some of the apps and techniques that Susan teaches in her workshop on a person. My daughter wasn’t a willing model, so I bought a tripod adapter for my iphone. I set the timer, took a few pictures and began creating on my iphone. I became hooked.
Not only is it a new creative endeavor, it is also a lesson for me in self acceptance. I close my critical eye and open my photographer’s eye. I look at Me with the same awe and amazement I give a butterfly’s nose or a flower’s pollen. I don’t compare one butterfly’s nose to another, or say this flower is better because it has more pollen. I appreciate their uniqueness, different colors, shapes and sizes, one not better than the other, but each individually a beautiful creation. At that moment, I accept me as a unique individual too, exactly how I am.
I encourage you to take a self portrait and celebrate your unique beauty too. You Are Beautiful!
Today I am joining Kim Klassen’s Friday Finds.
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