I have started collecting and posting the self portraits that have been sent to me through MySpace. The comments people have proivided are very insightful and offer good explanations to the photographs.

Common themes I have identified are that people will often take multiple photographs, allowing them to choose from the best ones, so these images are carefully planned, rather than ‘off the cuff’ snap shots. In this sense the image, and therefore the representation of identity, is constructed. For those who ‘photoshop’ their images, it is used as a tool for removing features they would like to edit in real life, such as spots or blemishes. These photos cannot be said to be true representations, but this begs the question, can any photo be said to be a 100% accurate representation?

For all the images and comments click on my Self Portrait section