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?

5)    Expression

6)    Emotion

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.