January’s Self-Portraits

You know what? January was a relatively good month when it came to self-portraiture. I didn’t think that this morning though. This morning I was feeling decidedly morose about the portraits I’d made.

I berated myself for not taking more risks, for not exploring dozens of new editing techniques, for not refining the techniques I’d already learned, and on and on and on. But then I looked back over what I’d produced and realized that actually, what I’d done was enough.

Here are the portraits I’m happiest with, interspersed with some quotes that have had quite the impact on me.

“To me, photography must suggest, not insist or explain.” 

January’s Self-Portraits

“You should smile more…” they said.
Shamans were often lonely too, this gave them power.
Battle Jacket

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
Ansel Adams

The First Snow
The North Is Calling My Name

“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
Ralph Hattersley

May Your Hunger Guide You I
Burned By The Stars I
Winter Longing

“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”
Elliott Erwitt

You Are Enough
Red And The Wolf
May Your Hunger Guide You II

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
Ansel Adams

At Home In The Cold

“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”
Peter Adams

They Met Above The Tallest Fir In The Forest
And You Thought One Was Bad Enough I

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”

Paul Caponigro

And You Thought One Was Bad Enough II
Girl & Bat

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
Ansel Adams


“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”
Robert Frank

I Want To Love You

“— How do you make your pictures?
— I don’t know, it’s not important.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Her Head Is Forever In The Mountains

What I Was Listening To While Putting Together This Post

1 thought on “January’s Self-Portraits”

  1. All the parts come together here effectively. I know it’s mainly about the photographs, which is good because they’re great. But the quotations and your own narrative in words are impressive.The textures and the tones in your images encourage thoughtfulness. I like your use of color: red and black and white (blue for the sweater) and then all colors on occasion. The head filled with stars or verdure. To me, everything altogether is dramatic and inviting.

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