Tuesday, May 31, 2011

hiding in the light



I have totally loved seeing all of the self portraits in the Mortal Muse flickr pool, seeing the lovely faces behind the lens. This self portrait theme was a struggle for me. I tried taking shots inside and outside, by myself, with my dog, smiling, not smiling, day light, evening light, crappy indoor light. I studied the submissions to the pool again and again as I tried to decide how I wanted to approach this. I found I was most inspired by the unique ways lighting was used. Often used to only reveal part of the whole, still hiding, still holding back.

I love the way Sarah used light to retain some mystery in her self portrait, to hide in the light.

xo maureen from Cottage 960

Untitled by Sarah Huck

18 comments:

Kirstin said...

Oh Maureen, 2 fantastic self portraits, which use light so beautifully. Wow!

Jogo said...

Both these portrait are awesome, the light has really added drama, mood, and mystery!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh I do love the use of light in both of these. Great title too :)

urban muser said...

so amazing. love these portraits in light/dark.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for showcasing my portrait among wonderful artists:) Such a pleasure! Thank you for the lovely comments as well.

Sarah

Anna said...

Maureen, your selfie is stunning! Love the way light brings out the form in both of these shots - in yours soft and mystery-filled, Sarah's bold and dramatic.

Stephanie said...

That is a stunning self portrait so full of emotion. I love it Maureen. Sarah's image is wonderful too!

Michel said...

Love me that beautiful curly hair Mo! and the mystery in both of these are breath-taking

Ashley Sisk said...

What a pairing - definitely filled with emotion. I love how you captured this side of yourself and your words are so appropriate too.

gina said...

Wonderful post! Both portraits are fabulous -- mysterious, yet open.

Scott Taylor said...

amazing magical

Oliag said...

For one brief moment I thought I was looking at a portrait of my sister! Stunning lighting and self portrait maureen!

Tammy Lee said...

It looks like your secret identity is a woman of mystery. :)

peggy gatto said...

Just gorgeous faces!!!

Creatissimo said...

Would love a 'recepie' how to shoot that kind of image(s) with little light... Beautiful!

Barbara said...

Another wonderful selfie! I'm going to have to learn how to use my remote now.

miruspeg said...

Hello dear friend!
Both self portraits are very mysterious and hauntingly beautiful.
Sounds like you took a short journey into self discovery.
Hugs
Peggy xxxxx

blue elephant photography said...

gorgeous! i love the pairing =) beautiful lighting

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