As of August 2017, humans take somewhere around 93 million selfies per day. The average millenial will take more than 25,000 selfies in his/her lifetime. I'm definitely not a millenial, and if there's a trick to taking flattering selfies, I haven't figured it out; a phone camera lens in close proximity to my already angular face is not a recipe for success. So I generally turn my back on the whole idea of selfies. So in the spirit of the photo blogging challenge, I got creative and used some old school methods to craft a handful of self-portraits for September.
Photo Blogging Challenge – My Town (September 2016)
We split our time between Calgary and Canmore, so the big decision I had to make was which one to showcase in this month's post. I decided on Calgary for a few reasons: 1) we live here about three-quarters of the time; 2) I routinely showcase the mountain landscapes around Canmore in PBC posts, so it's Calgary's turn; and 3) Beakerhead comes to Calgary in September, so there are some pretty cool things to photograph here in YYC.
My Best of Beakerhead 2015
I am not particularly fast at sorting through and developing photographs (yet), so a month went by while I worked an hour or two at a time to get through the more than a thousand photographs I made during the five days of Beakerhead 2015. I was only about a third of the way through the process when the Beakerhead secretariat put together the official Best of Beakerhead 2015 flickr album. So once I was finally ready to stop tweaking the images in my Beakerhead 2015 photo library, I thought it would be a good exercise to assemble my own best of Beakerhead album. I was originally going to go with 10 images. But then I considered that the official Beakerhead "best of" album contains 32 images selected from more than 700 that were already each photographer's "best of" images and I decided I needed to be even more selective. I'm not sure whether to I prefer to label them them my best, my favourite or something else, but here are 5 images that I think are representative of my photographic work during Beakerhead 2015.
Beyond the Standard Selfie
In the spirit of Austin Kleon's 2014 book "Show Your Work!", I'm happy to share the set-up, process and results of my first efforts to light paint a series of self portraits. If fussing around with a tripod and camera in a dark room isn't your thing, I've also suggested a few websites you might consider using if you want to go beyond the standard selfie. And last but not least, if you haven't yet encountered the amazing self portrait work of Canadian photographer Paul Zizka, be sure to click the link at the end of the post.
Photographers with Benefits
No barriers access to 5 days of mesmerizing Beakerhead events is the primary reason I volunteer with the Beakerhead photo crew. A less obvious benefit is insider access - the chance to photograph places that are off limits to the general public, to preview events and to attend relevant photography workshops. I took advantage of several such insider benefits in the run up to Beakerhead 2015. I hope sharing some highlights will help me cope with my ongoing Beakerhead withdrawal symptoms!