I love visiting Lens, The New York Times photo blog. They post amazing ‘Pictures of the Day’ from all over the world and feature stories of some great photographers. Today’s post, Seeing Yourselves As Others Do, captures the story of Jen Davis who took self portraits over a 10-year period as a way to chronicle her relationship with her body. 10 years ago at 5′ 4″, she weighed 260 pounds. You can see in her self-portraits how uncomfortable and unsure of herself she is. Now, 70 pounds lighter her demeanor is different and you can sense the shift in her self-portraits. A few of her photos are below but check out the rest of her story and pics for yourself.
She’s teaching a class on The Investigation of Self and the Human Condition at the International Center of Photography, which I would love to take but it’s already started…boo. I realize that I don’t have many pictures of myself. I snap people, landscape, cities, etc. all the time but I actually dislike getting my photo taken. I feel like I have to smile in every picture and in turn I have the same expression in every picture. Maybe by doing some self portraits, it’ll help me with my photo-phobia. So do me a favor, next time you’re with me and I’m snapping pics, turn the camera around on me. Don’t let me say no, just do it.
What do you think about her project? Would you ever do self portraits?