I’m not a portrait artist and don’t particularly like drawing humans, myself included, so I didn’t do a proper selfie for today’s prompt. Instead, I’ve did a quick 2-color doodlewash of my poor pair of glasses that always get thrown to the side each time a camera comes out. I used to wear contacts most of the time, but these days, I get a little lazy and just grab my glasses when heading out the door. If it’s time for a picture, however, I’ll quickly whip them off as I still prefer myself in photos when I’m glasses-free. One would think this means I would make the effort to wear my contacts more, but beyond a brief encounter at the mirror each morning, I rarely have to look at myself throughout the day. I think it’s because the glasses add age that I don’t particularly want added. This means, I’m typically a few years younger in my selfies than I normally appear in my day to day life.
One of the best things about selfies is that you can compose the shot to get just the right angle. Moving slightly this way or that to make sure the light hits your wrinkles in a more flattering way. Philippe has a horrible habit of taking photos of me from terribly unflattering angles. Most of the time, he’s simply trying out a new app or playing with his digital SLR and I happen to be the only subject within striking distance since the dog is upstairs snoring under a blanket. I’d love to think that every angle on me would be perfectly lovely, but sadly this isn’t the case. Some angles just look a bit off, which is a bit disturbing as one wonders if those are the primary angles that others might see all the time.
Perhaps this is why the idea of being on video scares me a bit. Too much moving around required and the possibility of showing the wrong side to the camera is imminent. It’s not like I have some horrible disfigurement or a conjoined twin that I’m attempting to conceal, it’s just that I don’t prefer the way I look at some angles. Age is doing nothing for my self esteem as I’m finding that I simply have fewer “acceptable” angles to choose from. For example, while gray hair can look distinguished, catch me in the wrong light and it looks more like I’ve been frightened by a poltergeist. To avoid these mishaps I tend to make sure that I only appear in posed photos. So, my favorite personal portraits will always be the compositions I can carefully craft myself while taking selfies.
About the Doodlewash
Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Forest Green and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
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