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May 11, 2012, 6:07:08 PM
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Self Absorption by Tonyr Self Absorption by Tonyr
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.
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WolfySnackrib Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Very tasteful picture. That's coming from me, a straight chap!
stasher-dragon Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm looking forward to more self portraits!
luscanic Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Calmbeast Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Its awesome to see the the photo hop on the otherside of the lens and pull stuff like this off.Great shot !
AbsolutVaklav Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning work with the lights! Wonderful capture...
LostInRemembrance Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
You are a beautiful man
ClickNSee Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Good stuff...I agree with the things you said about the picture when you posted it. And lots of good follow up by other viewers. You have a very handsome face in this photo, very different than the face in your profile...not saying that your profile isn't handsome, it's just very different. I think it is a very kewl to experiment with your own self images especially when learning about lighting and it's effects. I did the very same thing about three years ago. Keep up the good work, and keep the positive energy flowing; it absolutely shows through in the images. Good Luck! ~Steve
Tonyr Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Thanks Steve, I agree with you about my face images. They change dramatically dependant upon my angle and mood.
Sol-The-Beast Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Really great shot! + Fav here!
Evershear Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   Photographer
It is a very nice shot, esp of the profile of you face. I think what you have done with the lighting works well, it is enough light but not too much (you don't look washed out), and the angles make good contrast between lit areas and shadow.
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