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Self-Portrait: Reflection

This is me looking at my personal website on my MacBook Pro. The quote is from Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being:

 

"And suddenly, he realized that all his life he had done nothing but talk, write, lecture, concoct sentences, search for formulations and amend them, so in the end no words were precise, their meanings were obliterated, their content lost, they turned into trash, chaff, dust, sand; prowling through his brain, tearing at his head, they were his insomnia, his illness. And what he yearned for at that moment, vaguely but with all his might, was unbounded music, absolute sound, a pleasant and happy all-encompassing, overpowering, window-rattling din to engulf, once and for all, the pain, the futility, the vanity of words."

 

The background image on my website is me looking over Kano, Nigeria from high up a hill.

 

Consider this shot a first draft. I like the general composition. I like how the quote is blurry, especially given its contents. However, this shot was a serious pain to get right, and it required many, many practice shots. Much props to my little sister for being patient with me as I used her as my practice model, then had her snap me as I barked out orders. All told, the process took almost two hours. Unfortunately, she didn't get entirely out of the reflection, and it required a serious crop to get this particular image, meaning that the quality is only good enough for posting on the web. I like the overall graininess of the image (props to my classmates, Shawn and Diane, for noting this effect when photographing your screen), but it would be nicer if my reflection were a tad clearer.

 

I might try attempting this shot using my camera's double exposure feature.

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Taken on May 5, 2013