Thursday, August 13, 2009

Then and Now Thursday

I'm really not a narcissist, but I have been known to take self portraits.  I am slightly obsessed with documentation and memory. I indulge my urge to preserve the mundane by photographing myself at my most ordinary.  Each photo is kind of unremarkable on it's own.  I like the juxtaposition of photos separated by many years and many lifestyle changes.

Here I am in my used-to-be-a-sleazy-motel studio apartment back in 1998.  I decided that day that I wanted a snapshot of what I look like in the morning, in all my groggy, angsty glory. At the time, I thought this would look edgy. A portrait of the young artist deep in contemplation of the universe. Ha!

Notice, the careful placement of my pjs, so that my tattoo just barely peeks out.  I took this picture with a timer and a real 35 mm camera. 

Fast forward, 11 years. Same hour of the day and I have been awake for hours.  I believe I was hosting an all-day playdate.  I stopped for a second to capture my bemused expression in the bathroom mirror.  My powder room has great lighting. I probably took a dozen shots with my digital camera and then I picked the best and edited the crap out of it.

It is comforting to note how much of me is unchanged.  Of course, I no longer allow myself to be photographed bra-less, but I let that option go when I decided to become a mother.  It's a fair trade I think.

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