Project: The Basics of Portraiture

Exercise: Self-Portrait

Write 150 words about yourself and select a stance from this to bring to the camera. Produce three images that tell the viewer all about you – as you see yourself.

Now ask friends or colleagues what they think your strengths and weaknesses are.  Ask what defines your character to them, how they see you.  Produce three images from your friends’ point of view.

Write the experience up, do the images coincide in terms of  your own and your friends’ impressions of you?

Self-Portrait

How I See Myself

I’m a man, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a good friend, mostly happy, caring, loving, confident, passionate advocate, controlling and can be overbearing, physically lazy, mentally active, have long-term ailments, hard of hearing, disciplined and a disciplinarian, intelligent but not intellectual, too short for my weight, a bit of a joker, tread my own path, a degree level student, a pensioner in demographic group E, photographer but have many interests, a team player but good individually, sixty-four year old toddler, suffer from Peter Pan syndrome, leader but can also follow, always right until proven wrong, prefers casual dress to formal and can look messy, affable but don’t fit into groups well, wear glasses for reading and computing, slightly vain, can be vulgar, likes to tease and irritate people for fun, can dish it out but can’t take it very well, tend to be self-centred, helpful, positive attitude most of the time, willing, argumentative.

How Others See Me

Strengths

A joiner, rather than let the world push him along, he takes the reins and organises a path for himself.  A Team player while organising the world around him he does this for the good of the group

Weakness

Eddy is not always confident in himself though he rarely should doubt himself.  Eddy is defined by his good nature and sharing attitude he is a joiner who works for the good of the group as well as himself.

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Strong determination to succeed and keeps on trying.  Good at team-building, creating something and keeping it going.  Could possibly be a bit inflexible at times. Outspoken. Doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Kind. Likes to be in control.  Loyal.  Obviously fond of his family and wants to be close to them.

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Eddie’s main strengths are his ability to cut through the ‘crap’ and get things done. Despite a brusque exterior I feel he is very caring person and is quite prepared to put himself out in the service of others. He is not afraid to speak his mind and take charge. He also seems to have a well-developed sense of right and wrong and comes over as someone I can trust.

His weaknesses in a sense mirror his strengths. In his desire to get things done he can come over as being somewhat dogmatic. His forthright manner can also intimidate the ‘faint hearted’. In his haste to get things organised and finished he might overlook the ideas of the less robust souls around him who are fearful of speaking out. Standing back and listening to others might help him to get the job done even better.  He is a little ‘black-and-white’ and would benefit from accepting more ambiguity and uncertainty.

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Strengths:

Good organiser.  Good leader – when you lead the TV group you keep us all in good order and up to the mark, whilst encouraging everyone to have their say.  Very direct – people know where they are with you; there’s no side to you.  Personable; friendly and easy to get on with.  You come across as a kind person.  You’re a good photographer.  You have the awareness to look into yourself, to self-reflect and look for new ideas  when it comes to your OCA work and direction.

Weaknesses:

Very direct (yup, I know I’ve put it as a strength

too) – some shyer people could find if off-putting

I get the impression you don’t suffer fools gladly.

What defines your character?  A strong, kind personality.

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Ex military, disciplined, curious, health issues, strong-willed.

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4 Responses to Project: The Basics of Portraiture

  1. Catherine says:

    Good choices there Eddy.

  2. Catherine says:

    Should have also mentioned that I was commenting on your self-portraits!

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