A tribute to female self portraiters
I'd like to dedicate this picture to all the wonderful female Flickr photographers who do self portraits. Why only female Flickrites? Because we get a lot of judgemental and even nasty reactions to deal with. Especially women who have the courage to show both their vulnerability ánd their strength, their moods and their sexuality, their fears and their hopes, meet a lot of ignorance and even agressiveness. Time for some education!
"No matter what subjects artists choose, the one subject that all share is that of themselves, the self-portrait. Self-portraits are not just a reflection of what they look like but also of how the artist interprets themselves and the world around them. It is perhaps the most personal story that the artist can tell and makes the self-portrait one of art's most important subjects."
"Since the Renaissance, artists have used self-portraits to explore a basic question: Who am I? While a mirror or a photograph can tell a person what he or she looks like, that physical image does not reflect the whole self. Self-portraiture insists the artist embark on a journey of self-exploration in order to make decisions about how to represent him/herself authentically. For each self-portrait, the artist must ask: What expression, posture, clothing, background, colors, texture, and style best express the real me? Might those answers be different at any given time?
Artists have always had practical reasons for making self-portraits; for instance, they get a model who is always available and works for free; self-portraits are a good way for an artist to practice rendering different expressions and moods; and they can serve to advertise the artist’s skill to potential customers. Self-portraits may also represent an artist’s quest for immortality, as a way to leave behind an image that will outlive the artist. Additionally, a self-portrait can preserve a memory, serve as a gift, and even help an artist further understand him/herself."
Also read view ArtLex on self portraits.
Last but not least, visit some of my creative, talented and brave female Flickr friends who do a lot of self portraits: