what a journey.. i don’t even really know where to begin. when i first began to take self-portraits i just thought it would be something fun and challenging to do, i didn’t really think much about it. early in the process it began to take on a life of it’s own. i didn’t want to create the same image everyday so I began to look at my days with a whole new light, which ultimately helped me look at myself in ways that I never had before. the project manifested to being a study of myself and a search to finding out what it means to be me and what it’s like to live here. it taught me to have a camera on me at all times, which helped me with my street photography. it challenged me to be vulnerable and to take risk, and that’s how i began to use all analog cameras and process my own b/w film. along with that came writing everyday, because i would have to note where and when the images were taken and the setting used to make the image.
i didn’t make it through the entire 365 days but i’m so proud of the body of work that i did make. more importantly i’m happy with what i learned and what i’ll take away from it. i can honestly say i’ve grown so much from it and i’m excited about photography/life more than ever. photographing myself naked helped me evolve like none other. it helped me break out and accept myself for who i am, physically, mentally, and creatively. it feels good to not look for acceptance from the outside world, but to create out of the framework of who i am, straight from the core. once i got to that point, nothing really mattered and it transcended tremendously throughout my 365 and beyond.
for me, photography is about an experience and a process. in particular i’m interested in the transformation of form and light and the problem that it creates to evoke a feeling. photography has simply freed me, and it’s the best feeling ever.
After much consideration and thought, I have now come to the point where I’m in need of an assistant for upcoming shoots and projects. abstractElements is my passion, therefore having an assistant come along is definitely a serious decision for me.
This opportunity will be more than just assisting; I want it to be educational and to really teach someone what I have to offer along the way.
Candidates should have great interest in photography and highly creative. Must be detail-oriented and flexible.
If you’re interested and in the NYC area please send over your resume and portfolio link to info@abstractElements.com with the subject line ASSISTANT INQUIRY no later than November 25th.
Andre Wagner - Route 26
*while updating my site, I decided to use it as a time to revisit some of my old work. Here’s one of my photo stories that I shot in Storm Lake, Iowa, where I went to college at.
me today, self portrait 10/9/12
*it takes a long time for a person to look like their portrait. i’ve been using myself as a subject, trying to get it out of me so that i can get it out of others. whatever it is..
"The Classics" | Alysia Harris