Since we are little, we have seen ourselves in mirrors or in photos that someone else has taken of us.
How do you see your body? Take some time now to make a note of anything that comes to mind.
This exercise will gently help you start taking photos of yourself, in a fun way and will help you to see yourself differently.
Do you remember those crazy mirrors at the sea side arcades? The ones where you either look really tall or squished?
The images that you see in those mirrors are funny because they do not match up to the image in your mind about how you look. They are funny because your body is so distorted, in some mirrors, distorted to beyond recognition.
So, this exercise is about changing your perception about your body. Take lots of photos of yourself in reflections. The more distorted the better. I want you to see yourself as you never have!
This is a fun way to start learning how to take photos of yourself and to have a laugh at the images you create.
Taking photos of yourself is not a scary thing to do, seeing yourself is not scary and you do not look horrid, ugly – or any other negative thoughts that are popping into your head. (And are you batting them away with 3 positives?)
After you have a collection of photos, consider these questions:
Did you enjoy the process?
Did any of the images surprise you? What was the surprise?
Did any of the images upset you and why?
What emotions has it brought to the surface?
Which one is your favourite and why?
Is there a theme in your photos?
Did you find yourself concentrating on a particular area of your body?
Will you share your images? If so, who will you share them with?
What title would you give to your collection?
Make notes on anything else you notice.