In the first post I wrote about my first steps in making self-portraits. Since the case in point was a nude self-portrait I placed some emphasis on naturism. But naturism was not the only thing I discovered for myself. The human body is proved to be one of the most complicated objects for photography. Moreover, the technique used for making self-portraits imposes some extra restrictions on the whole process and its results.

Self-portraits give a unique chance for photographers to look at themselves from a distance. At the same time, someone looking at a self-portrait may enter the inner life of the photographer and proceed in understanding the way he/she sees him/herself. It is well known that most of the people (or even everyone) experience lack of knowledge of themselves (their real position in the world) and do not understand how they look in the eyes of the other.

In brief, I became interested in self-portraits and began to pay attention to them. In this blog I would like to share some of my discoveries.

About a year ago I found out the paintings and photographs of Johanna Chambers, a talented  artist and photographer from California. The works from both her accounts (main and stock) on deviantART are interesting and remain in memory. Her self-portraits are impressive.

Self Portrait With Oil Lamp by johannachambers

Self Portrait With Oil Lamp by johannachambers

Water Pitcher Nude Stock 6 by chamberstock

Water Pitcher Nude Stock 6 by chamberstock

One can learn more about Johanna Chambers and her art from IWW Interview. Her personal site is here.

P.S. deviantART is on my list of favorite sites for a long time. It is a well-known online community showcasing various forms of user-made art including photography, digital art, traditional art, literature, Flash, filmmaking, and skins for applications. The level of works that can be found here varies from something like “Me and my cat” (treated with respect) to real masterpieces. Most get, of course, somewhere in between (I feel that my submissions are closer to the first mentioned category, but I keep on working :-)).

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