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UploadedMay 18, 2013
TakenApril 26, 2013
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure1/6 sec at f/4
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"I feel I'm anonymous in my work. When I look at the pictures, I never see myself; they aren't self-portraits. Sometimes I disappear." - Cindy Sherman

It wasn’t even until a couple years ago that I learned of the great Cindy Sherman. After watching a documentary on her I felt that although we are very different people, we still fell from the same tree. So, for this portfolio, I decided to go back to my “Sherman-esque” photographic roots.

When I got my first camera 7 years ago, I spent much of my free time trying to figure out how to use it. When I wasn’t wandering around in my mother’s backyard taking photos of flowers, I was usually hiding in my small bedroom, taking photos of myself then editing them in Photoshop. At the time, I battled with depression and in addition to the prescriptions I was taking, I self-medicated with wine and the healing brush tool. The process of editing myself into a perfected version for the world to see became a sort of therapy; a better kind than what the awful prescription drugs and crooked psychologists were offering me. Often people would mistake my photos as vanity, but on the contrary, every photograph I’ve made of myself stems from insecurity. Sometimes my self portraits lose some of that glitzy veneer, but I’m still a real closet glamourpuss thanks to my fashionable mother. So with the help of her clothing and jewelry, I’ve turned myself into what I like to call “The Fabulous Manic Depressive Sextuplets of Haulover Drive.”

As many of us do, they each have their vice.

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  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (24 Jan 2016):

    Classic beauty, This portrait is Truly a best!

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