This is another self portrait and I must admit I am taking these regularly of late and enjoying the experience. As per usual I have been looking into the thought or emotion behind what I am doing with these. Whilst the tests I do with myself help me greatly in experimenting with my lighting techniques I think the real motivation for doing these is more about self absorption. However this is not necessarily as shallow as it may seem. By taking these shots I get to connect more with my body and my state of inner security. If I am relaxed and not too locked on the result my face and body seem to take on a look and feeling of strength and inspiration. For instance in this shot I feel that I am connecting to a place of abundance within myself and that this creates a look and feeling of peace and strength. However when I am not in a good place I tend to become absorbed in the need to get a good shot and the fear of looking weak,old or unattractive. This usually results in a shot that looks contrived and emits an energy of ego insecurity. So once again these shots do prove to me the power of mind over matter. Also makes me think that no matter what we might believe how we look does have a big role to play in how we feel about our own self worth.
nb; Haven't done any air brushing hence wrinkles and blemished skin on back are transparent. However I think if we put enough care into the photography and if the model has an energy of presence that the shots are effective as is.