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This picture started out as a semi-serious attempt to take an ‘arty’ self-portrait but, for want of some decent lighting and a better idea of what I’m doing, it didn’t quite work out. So, as with a number of the images in this blog, I ended up messing around with Photoshop to see what I could come up with.

The image presented here is the result of three relatively simple steps. The original was desaturated, posterized (Levels: 5), then both elements of the image (the background outline of me, and the camera) were selectively colourised.

On the whole, I’m quite happy with the result, mostly I think because it’s a radical departure from the last four entries (the lily entries). With those, my aim was photo-realism, i.e. capturing the last possible detail and faithfully reproducing the originals – at least as I envisaged them. With this image I suppose I was aiming for a pop-art feel – a minimal colour palette, a lack of fine detail, and an interpretive rather than literal interpretation.

As with all of these images I’d be interested in any comments, whether positive or (constructively) critical.

1x1 + self-portrait
comment by m at 10:03 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

Whoa Mr Warhol :-)

comment by Tai at 06:14 AM (GMT) on 8 June, 2005

I found your site a few months ago and have to admit that it's one of the primary influences for actually starting a photojournal myself. I thought I'd delve back into your archives to see how great photographers start out, and I was pretty surprised to find this.

No, not because it's bad or anything. I like it a lot actually. A few days ago I tried doing a similar flavor of "artsy self portrait" (a bit more tongue-in-cheek humor involved) and I invite you to take a look.

Anyway, it's pretty amazing to see how much your photography has improved. Your old material, while on the whole very excellent, is really superceded by your current stuff, which is superb. I don't know how much of it is in equipment upgrades and better post-processing, but I'm pretty convinced that it's the photographer in the end who makes the picture.

I'm not even sure if you'll ever see this entry -- but keep up the good work!