a portrait of an artist produced or created by that artist.
The practice of self-portraiture has been around throughout art history—even Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci created self-portraits! Artists have rendered themselves through drawing, painting, sculpture, etching, and most recently, through photographs. Historically, artists used self-portraits as a kind of calling card, attesting to their ability to capture a likeness and giving a sense of their capabilities. In more contemporary art, oftentimes artists use self-portraiture as a tool for self discovery to explore aspects of their identities.
See below for some examples of self-portraits throughout art history.
Part 3a:SELF-PORTRAIT -- "Authentic-Self and Alter-Ego”
Goal: Your goal for this project is to explore the idea of self-portraiture and identity by creating photographs of your authentic self and alter ego. Your authentic self would be what you consider the "real you." Your alter ego is an alternate personality, or a version of yourself that is distinctly different from your true self. For example, Batman is the alter ego to Bruce Wayne. Hannah Montana was the alter ego of Miley Cyrus, Sasha Fierce is the alter ego of Beyonce, etc. Use this project as an opportunity to explore different aspects of your identity in a fun and creative way. Show us (the audience) who you really are, and who you really aren't!
Your final images should be well exposed with sharp focus, and processed in Photoshop as PSD files.
This project will take time and patience. Pay attention to your light meter, focus, exposure settings, and composition. Think about different ways you can capture who you are. What do you like to do? What is important to you? How would you portray yourself in a photograph to help someone get to know you? This can be simple, or you can incorporate your environment as a part of your images. For your "Alter-Ego" portraits, be creative! You may dress up in costume, you may perform characters from TV shows or movies, but it must be counter to your "authentic" self photos. Pay attention to lighting (diffused light is best!) and remember to make sure you have correct exposure settings.
See below for examples of photographers who create self-portraits.
Basic guidelines for Self-Portraits:
It is helpful to have a friend or object that can stand in for you while you pull focus for your images.
All images must be composed and taken by you (using self-timer OR remote).
These are NOT selfies.
Use a TRIPOD! It will make a world of difference.
Be CREATIVE and have fun!
**If you need to come and work outside of class, the Mac Lab is open every day in the mornings before school, during flex time and lunch, and after school by appointment. Please let me know ASAP if you need extra help.
Monday, 11/11/19: Over the weekend, you will have shot 50 images (minimum) capturing your Authentic Self.
Create a Project 3A folder on your flash drive.
Import your images to your flash drive and batch rename them lastname_firstname_P3A_authentic_1, 2, 3, etc.
Create a contact sheet in class and upload it to Google Drive under your Project 3A folder. Label your contact sheet lastname_firstname_p3A_cs_authentic. Due by 4PM.
Monday, 11/18/19: 50 images(minimum) shot capturing your "Alternate Ego ".
Import your images to your flash or external drive and batch rename them lastname_firstname_P3A_alter_ego_1, 2, 3, etc.
Create a contact sheet in class and upload it to Google Drive under your Project 3a folder. Label your contact sheet lastname_firstname_p3A_cs_alter_ego. Due by 4PM.
Friday, 11/22/19: You will turn in 6 PSD files, processed in Photoshop. Upload these to Google Drive under your Project 3A folder.
3 edited final "Authentic" self-portraits labeled lastname_firstname_P3a_final_authentic_1, etc.
3 edited final "Alter-Ego" self portraits labeled lastname_firstname_P3a_final_alter_ego_1, etc.