The assignment of taking a self-portrait compels one to ask themselves: “What words would you use to describe yourself? How will the viewer know what matters to you? What story do you want to tell?”
While in some ways there’s nothing particularly fascinating or unique about this photo, I feel like it answers all three of those questions.
What words would I use to describe myself?: I enjoy the simple things in life, I absolutely love and need to be immersed in nature, and I strive to be genuine and honest (which I think is expressed through the direct, open relationship between myself and the camera, or viewer).
How will the viewer know what matters to you?: The position of lying in the grass, book and removed sandals in the background, and I think even the simple t-shirt I’m wearing communicates this aspect of my personality.
What story do you want to tell?: The story of returning to a less complicated life — one where my practice of happiness includes quiet spaces and time, and being in nature.
When I lay here in the park, my toes in the grass, marvelling at the puffy clouds in the blue sky, I mused to myself: This is why children are so happy and free in their minds — they immerse themselves in nature and find joy in these simple, quiet moments. Here, the demanding worlds of the work grind, social standards and even digital connection fade away.
What would your self-portrait look like?
~ Cafe <3
Photo taken: August 7, 2015
Camera: Blackberry Q10 cell phone
This photography assignment was from National Geographic’s Getting Your Shot.