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Self Portraits

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.

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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?

Doorways of Santa Fe

I’m finally starting to upload and edit my pictures from my trip.  I’m posting them on my photo website – http://www.shereewu.com.  Here are my two favorite doors from Santa Fe.  To view the rest, click here.

 

Best Friends Animal Society Favorite Photos

Every week, Best Friends Animal Society updates their Facebook page with their favorite photos of the week.  This organization has some amazing photographers that really capture the beauty and soul of the animals and the sanctuary.  I love them!  It really makes me want to go back this year.

The photos below are from Favorite Photos (Feb 27 to Mar 2, 2012).


Feral Cats: These feral cats are a part of a trap/neuter/return program in Circleville, UT. Photo by Gary Kalpakoff


Snowy Branches: The sanctuary in southern Utah received five inches of snow last week, blanketing the landscape with a magic white fairy dust. Photo by Molly Wald

Tasha Lucy FlowerPot: “Can we PLEASE have a cookie? Please. Please. Please. We haven’t eaten in WEEKS! OH PULEEEZE!!!” Tasha, Lucy, and FlowerPot have their begging act down solid. If you are interested in any of these soulful-eyed girls, e-mail dogadoptions@bestfriends.org. Photo by Molly Wald

Thumper: Longtime Horse Haven resident Thumper (http://adoptions.bestfriends.org/Default.aspx?dbid=102610) plays in the falling snow. Photo by Molly Wald

NYT: Big Pictures for a Big City

This weekend’s New York Times has a great article on Jeff Liao, a photographer who takes urban panoramas.  His photos capture light and details that can’t be captured in a single exposure.  Sometimes he takes “a couple of hundred” frames of scenes like Times Square where only a sliver of pedestrians are in sharp focus, while the backgrounds goes soft.  Check out his photo gallery online in full screen.  They’re pretty amazing.  Some of my favorites are below.


Flatiron Building


Coney Island


Times Square