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twelve portraits/january

last year i was part of a project with some american photographers called 26 fridays, this year we decided on a new project “twelve portraits” one portrait each month. i was hoping to hit the ground running but with one thing and another i had no one to photograph.

two years ago i bought a remote control for my camera, so i could get in the pictures with my family. i opened the box two days ago.

i learnt that i don’t really like taking self portraits – it felt fake and untrue. i felt silly and i was uncomfortable with my tired-mummy face. this one stood out to me as being the most honest, the one that captured me where i am at the moment and how my life is right now. here i am at the back door (so the neighbours can’t see me) trying to set something up, trying to take a portrait. wishing i felt more comfortable on this side of the lens. and as i have pressed the remote i am called from inside (“mar i’m on page 400!!”). so here i am, in my funny hat being pulled in different directions and never quite getting any of it right. but doing my best to get done all that needs doing. i had hoped to take this portrait somewhere pretty but actually i like that i am there with the washing machine and my broom, this is my true environment. and it is good.

to see the rest of our “twelve portraits” group please start with Philadelphia Portrait Photographer Sara Kelly.

January 22, 2014 - 3:42 pm

pamela joye - bravo to your honesty – all of it. the why you were at the back door (which is where i’d choose) and the discomfort and wishing to be more content. i love the interruption that is your life & your being. and that you chose to leave the elements in that do in fact speak to your real life self. i’m equally fond of the floppy hat & your style. i understand it. in a different way. this friend sets you off on the right foot this year and i am eager to see where you go with it. maybe more of this each month?

January 22, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Sara Kelly - Oh, Lili, you are so lovely. This is how I feel so much of the time, and your words match the sentiment precisely. I love that we can see the remote. There’s something very real about this image, that speaks more broadly of motherhood. I’m not sure about it as a classic self-portrait, but it’s a very accurate rendition of The Woman who was in Two Places at Once. xoxo

January 22, 2014 - 7:49 pm

Carrie - Love this Lili, you have captured yourself in such a real moment. This has me smiling, thinking that as mothers we all share in moments like this. So glad to be in another project with you this year:)

January 22, 2014 - 8:50 pm

GInger - I love everything about this. It makes me want to see your face. I love your hat and the rake and the brick….and I especially love the words that suit the image perfectly. I wish I had a way with words like you.

January 23, 2014 - 6:23 pm

Linsey - I LOVE this image! I love the honesty here, you being completely caught up in the moment, and literally being pulled in so many directions. Rock on Momma!

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