I enjoy taking self-portraits. Actually, I usually have some help with these from Fred, my faithful shutter pusher. I fell in love with the lighting and atmosphere in La Mezcalaria, a restaurant in San Miguel with a Oaxacan theme, and thought it would be an interesting place to take pictures. I always make sure the camera settings are the way I want them while I use Fred as a “body double.” Then I turn it over to him, and have him keep shooting until I see one I like, which usually takes dozens of shots to get that right one. But, the real fun for me, in any photo, is PhotoShop. Self-portraits are a way that I explore my state of mind.
The Photo 101 assignment today was a photo with dark shadows and mystery. I immediately thought that this one would be the one to use.