About my Self-Portraiture

Oxygen, 2016
Oxygen, 2016

I often take self-portraits.

I have always been fascinated by the human being, and how much a portrait can say without words. I knew I wanted to express myself through portraiture but when I started photography, I was too self-conscious to ask anyone to be my model.

At the beginning photographing myself was rather for a practical reason. However it quickly became a very strong part of my work. They are like my diary where I can β€œwrite down” my feelings, my experiences, my views on certain aspects of society and the world.

Photography has always been a sort of therapy for me, a way to express my feelings in order to be able to deal with them. Most of these self-portraits were captured during one of the hardest period of my life.

Creating them helped me tremendously to overcome difficulties and to become the person and the artist I am now.

Through my images, I want to show feelings which are very hard to define. I feel like the picture can only be “real” if I am the model.

I always use a model but as I want people to be able to relate to my work, I often cover the face in some ways, indicating that the model is not as important as the message I want to convey.

Self-Portraits, 2017

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Personal Update – Working with art magazines and filming art videos

Hi There!

Today I would like to share a little personal update with you on what I was up to lately. My schedule has been so busy the past few weeks but I love every minute of being productive and creative.

So let me tell you a little bit about this.

Working with Art Magazines

A5 Magazine

I had the chance again to be featured in the March Issue of A5 Magazine. If you read my review of this magazine a couple of weeks ago, you know that I am a huge fan of this publication. My images have been featured in various issues the past 3 years. If you are an artist yourself I would definitely recommend checking them out. πŸ™‚

Average Art Magazine

One of my images has also been selected to be featured in the April Issue of Average Art Magazine. If you are not familiar with this publication, Average Art, similarly to A5 Magazine, is an industry focused art zine published monthly. I have had the chance to be featured in this magazine as well in the past and one of my images from Lost in a Dream, 2016 was selected to be on the front cover of the August Issue in 2017. I can only repeat myself here: I cannot recommend them enough!

Peripheral ARTeries

An interview focusing mainly on my photo series, (Pl)aesthetic, 2018 will be featured in the Biennial Edition of Peripheral ARTeries. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have my interview published in this magazine the second time. I was very satisfied with my interview published in the magazine last year and the team was amazing to work with. For example every question was very carefully selected, focusing on one particular picture of mine. I feel like I was able to provide a very good insight into my work and the backstory behind my pictures.

The new Biennial Edition will be published in a few months and I cannot wait to see the finished article.

Art Reveal Magazine

Another interview focusing on my project, (Pl)aesthetic, 2018 as well will be published in the 46th issue of Art Reveal Magazine. I had an interview published in the 33rd issue in 2017 and I am delighted that I was selected again for a second interview by the magazine.

Youtube Channel and Art Videos

I have been drawing and painting since I can remember and I have picked up one of my old sketchbooks again last year. Since then I have been sketching and painting again whenever I have some free time beside photography.

I have also ordered loads of new art supplies I cannot wait to finally try out.

Creating art videos to record my process has been something I wanted to try for a very long time. Having the necessary art supplies, my camera and the space to film makes it the perfect time to start now.

Sketches
Sketches

At the moment I am very busy with preparing all the materials for the above publications. However I am planning on posting art videos and creating a Youtube channel very soon so stay tuned. πŸ™‚

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Studio Session – Self-Portrait Shooting

I was shooting my next project in the studio today and I decided to bring you a little “behind the scenes” post. πŸ˜€

As I have mentioned before in my Studio Tour post, having my own home studio is just amazing. I feel like I am much more productive than ever before.

Okay, let’s get started!

Let me show you very quickly how a typical shooting session goes when I am my own model. πŸ™‚

As always I used my stand and backdrop (white this time), two softboxes, a tripod, a stool, my camera and my little remote.

Nikkor 24-70 mm lens
Nikkor 24-70 mm lens

The lens I used was a 24-70 mm Nikkor lens. To be honest with you, I have bought this baby last year and I haven’t used anything else since. It’s just perfect for the type of photography I do and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Snazaroo face paint
Face pain

I also used some face paint for this particular image. I have been planning this picture for a while and I am happy with how the raw images turned out. Of course, I will show you the finished piece here, on the blog and the print will be available in the webshop soon.

A little bit about my setup.

Editing in Photoshop

I don’t need much space when I’m shooting my self-portraits (which is great because I don’t have a huge space to work with πŸ™‚ ) as I usually take head shots.

Typically, I position my tripod around 1 meter from the backdrop. I use two soft boxes for most of my portraits (unless I want dramatic shadows on one side) and I position them on both sides of the tripod and in line with it and use 50 mm focal length.

I set the camera to auto focus and use a handheld remote to take the pictures.

Taking my self-portraits usually takes up to 3-4 hours when it is only one piece and not a series.

Now I just have to edit the raw image. πŸ™‚

Editing
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(Temporary) studio tour

Today I would like to show you my new home studio and do a little studio tour. πŸ™‚ I am very happy that I finally have enough room to create a space where I can “hide” and focus on my art.

My home studio

Having my own space makes such a huge difference. I feel so much more productive than ever before.

My favourite art supplies.

I spend hours in my little hideaway every day and it feels amazing having a real art studio. I had been living with other people and shared a house for years. Not having my own space made it incredibly hard to work on my art.

My photography equipment

I had to compromise a lot during these years. I had to cram all my art equipment into tiny spaces simply because I had no choice if I wanted to photograph or paint. These equipment are quite heavy and big and, as I didn’t have a room for years, I had to keep packing and unpacking my stuff. Especially my backdrop and light boxes are a nightmare to setup and pack into boxes again. It is a huge advantage that I can just leave them in the studio and use them straight away when I’m shooting without having to set them up every time. πŸ™‚

Home Studio

However I am delighted with my little studio and making it more and more me every day this is only temporary. I have always wanted an attic room. It has been my dream since forever and it is now a possibility. Of course it is way down the line and not going to happen for a while. But it will happen one day and I will document it here on the blog so stay tuned! πŸ˜‰

My sketchbook and art supplies
Sketchbook and art supplies
Photography equipment

If you would like to know more about my background you can read my artist statement and my biography.

Leave a comment below or send me a message and let me know what you think about the website. I would love to hear your thoughts. πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed this studio tour and I will see you next Monday! πŸ™‚


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