What Others Think of Me
As part of my FMP proposal, and also inspired by my tutor Laura Hynd, I have approached a number of peers and contemporaries to ask them the following questions for my self-portrait project ‘What Others Think of Me’.
I am looking forward to seeing what they respond with and what I can create over the next few weeks.
Self-Portrait Project: What Others Think of Me.
As part of my MA in Photography, I am looking at self-portraits.
To kick-start my ideas, I am approaching you to ask the following questions:
If you were going to take a portrait of me, how do you see it?
How would you set it up?
What would you want to achieve?
Your response could include one or more of the following:
1) Location: inside/outside, specific place
2) What would I wear?
3) Posture: sitting, standing, etc
4) Any props, or ideas of objects?
7) Anything else?
The idea is for me to create a series of self-portraits based on what others think of me, and to hand the concept of me over to someone else. I will be taking the photograph, but I will be trying to achieve your vision.
Nathan Jurgenson in ‘The Social Photo’ observes that the photograph of the self is not only an act to record yourself but a “mode of thinking about yourself” (Jurgenson 2019: 54), while Gen Doy notes in ‘Picturing the Self’, “Postmodernist scholars have dismissed the notion of a coherent, individual self, able to position her/himself over and above the material world as a controlling, conscious agent” (Doy 2005: 2).
What I am wanting to start with is not how I see myself but how others see me; their perception or concept of me. What they feel to be my identity.
DOY, G., 2005. Picturing the Self: Changing Views of the Subject in Visual Culture. 1st ed. London: I.B. Tauris.
JURGENSON, N., 2019. The Social Photo: On Photography and Social Media. 1st ed. London: Verso.