Self Portrait (Theme)

by Carole Gledhill August. 10, 2011 3290 views

Funny that this should be a Theme. I was thinking very recently about Self Portraits and my obsession with them and wondering whether to post an inquiry on here about what they mean to everyone else. (Not entirely sure what they mean to me yet) Judging by the other entries so far it would appear that you are all quite camera shy. I'm actually quite camera shy myself though not if I'm the photographer. I've recently been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome which is unravelling a thousand mysteries for me. One of the things in my report which made both me and my boy hoot with laughter was:

“Carole's favorite topic of interest is herself”.. Boy repeated it and added “It's official”.

Apparently it's not unusual for Aspergers people to be self obsessed, especially undiagnosed. I believe it's an attempt to make sense of ourselves and, without the framework of Aspergers it's virtually impossible, hence dogged obsessiveness I suppose. Looking forward to seeing more self portraits for this theme.
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Helen Hooker 9 years, 6 months ago

Fascinating post Carole. I've encountered several people (adults and children) with Aspergers through my teaching over the years and can recognise your description very clearly. I'm sure it must make a lots of things clearer for you now.

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Camille 9 years, 6 months ago

moving picture of yourself, really beautiful

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Art Bee 9 years, 6 months ago

Lovely self portrait!

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Tomie Poodle 9 years, 6 months ago

beautiful intimate portrait!

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Marsha 9 years, 6 months ago

Nice work....the lighting and color in this portrait is so interesting and really lends a lot to the intriguing mood!

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Brenda Nelson 9 years, 6 months ago

Very intense and haunting image of yourself. I especially like the hand near your face and the side-light casts wonderful shadows that emphasize your features. A very strong photo, Carol.

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Stormfish 9 years, 6 months ago

p.s. the short version: there is nothing wrong with you.

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Stormfish 9 years, 6 months ago

i read this with fascination, torn apart between reacting seriously or with a slightly mocking undertone, but actually what difference would it make? that syndrome you've been diagnosed sounds like something so helplessly described by modern psychology/medicine as all these stupid disorders that the health industry and their lackeys are pouring over us; heck i am sure i have about every disorder, including my all time favourite DDDD ("discipline disregarding deficiency disorder") and still feel my main problem is rather how to get the damn money flow in more than flow out.

thus being said, i believe self portraits are a very healthy thing and their purpose is manifold; especially, oh come on people!, on a photoblog website that is meant to promote, test, showcase and publish your self and its products in any way possible. i've always liked to look at your (rather decent) attempts to get a grip on the visuals of yourself (including the slightly odd use of english grammar you provide); it's definitely more interesting and inspiring than the hundreds of girlie self advertisers in their shiny outfits you'd find when randomly hitting the "latest" button. they all have something much, much worse than aspergers, but of course, nobody gives a damn.

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Mallusatish Reddy 9 years, 6 months ago

Beautiful portrait Every human Have a problem are other,Glad you have the courage to discuss and tell you have Aspergers Syndrome which most of us do not have the courage to know what is wrong with us~!~

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Walter 9 years, 6 months ago

I don't like self portraits, especially mine... :-)

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Jacki 9 years, 6 months ago

Ah yes, now all the self portraits makes perfect sense! I know a couple of people diagnosed with Aspergers... knowing will be helpful to your family and friends as well. :-))

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