Creating Self-Portraits - J. K. Ribout Photography

November 9th, 2016

Self portraits for me is a very unique way to express myself. Not only am I being inspired and creating a concept out of either an idea or a thought; the canvas that is being used and the main subject matter is myself. This is both advantageous and challenging. On one hand, by being both the subject and the photographer, I am able to completely control what happens in the shoot without having to communicate with anyone else. By playing all roles in the photo shoot, I know exactly how to light it, how to pose, what angle I want, etc. But on the other hand, playing all the roles in the photo shoot can be very difficult, especially if the light setup is a difficult. Taking each image, and then having to move to check how they're turning out or changing the lighting, can really be frustrating as you're trying to capture the right angle.

If you follow my self-portrait series that I've created in the past, you may find a few reoccurring themes. I very much love to create elegant looking portraits that can either be simple or complex. Black and white is an aspect in photography that I've always loved. Applying them to my self-portraits is really something I love to do.

I'm also a very big fan of glitter. Those who know well will vouch for that. When I first started creating portraits and self-portrait, glitter was a go-to prop that I used many many times.

I love creating self-portraits both for myself and for others. Creating characters and displaying messages for others to view, to decode, relate and potentially get inspired by is what I love most about self-portraits. There is endless creativity and challenges to push through along the way. 

Right now, I am in the process of creating a new self-portrait series. Unfortunately, I don't have any sneak peeks in terms of photos to show you in this blog, but I am in the process of making the concepts and starting to shoot. This upcoming self-portrait is inspired by one of my favourite musical artists, Sia. Her album This Is Acting has more or less become my current muse and the music on that album has really inspired me to create a new series. The theme? What it is to be alive.

Stay tuned for that!

Thank you for reading!

I hope you enjoyed this little insight on self-portraits, my view on them and what I hope to do while creating them.

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