This last exercise is a very simple one; I want you to take a photo of yourself. Simples 🙂
You can direct someone else to take the photo for you but make sure they are only pressing the shutter and not influencing your choices in the process. If you do not like the way you look, please still do this exercise. There comes a time when you put your trust in others and the time has come now. You are in a safe place where your efforts in capturing yourself will be appreciated and treated with respect.
You decide where and when, what you wear, your expression, what you’re looking at and if you are with anyone. This is your chance to spend time thinking and looking at yourself.
You have full control on how you want this self portrait to look but you have to park any emotions for now and you only get one go at taking the photo.
So if you take it and you think; oh I don’t like my hair in it, I look fat etc just sit with it. Accept it as it is. If any emotions come bubbling up or negative thoughts, stop them for the moment. Just see the image you have created as an image.
Let it just BE. Just look at it. Accept it.
You don’t have to love it, or hate it, be proud of it or want to hide it. It is simply a photo of yourself that you have created. Nothing more, nothing less.
Looking at your image, for one moment forget that it is you in the picture. See the person as someone else. Ask these questions out loud and write down the answers. If you find it easier, you can record them and watch your responses which will give you more of an insight to your emotions. Get into the moment and go with the first answers that pop into your head. That’s your subconscious talking to you.
Now think of the answers to these questions:
Who is the person in the image?
What are they doing?
What do they need to say if they could talk?
What is obvious about the picture?
What 3 things do you like about the image?
What 3 things do you NOT like?
Who would say these things? Where did you first hear that voice? Whom did it come from?
What or who is missing from the picture?
If you were to going to give this picture to anyone, who would it be and why?
Who would you NOT give it to and why?
When making this image, did you have someone in mind?
Did your answers surprise you? Is there anything new you have learnt about yourself?