Below are a collection of MySpace self portraits that people allowed me to use for my project. I asked them to provide me with a self portrait that they thought represented their personality or character. I also asked them to provide a few sentences explaining how the photographs does this and if they edited or manipulated it, what they hoped to add or achieve from this.

“This is one of my recent ones and pretty much the opitome of what you are looking for, and by that I mean pure Myspace. I took this photo as firstly a representation of what my current clothing trends are like, and also to show off my current obesession with The Horrors. However unless you listen to The Horrors you would be unaware that this is the look that I am trying to achieve. Therefore my objective with this photo is to identify those in the know, and isolate those that aren’t. I have only photo shopped it to make it black and white, and that is not too much to do with the way that I look, but more that black and white photos look cooler and go with the Horrors theme”

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“The majority of my myspace photos have been picked out of a selection that are very similar where i pick which on i think is best. This photo was taken before i went on a night out. I took quite a few photographs and chose my favourite at a later date. I have an idea of how i look to the outside world through the way i position myself when i look in the mirror and therefor pick photos of myself that mimic that. Obviously when you are putting an image on the internet you dont know who is going to be looking at it, and whether it is someone you want to impress or someone you want to be slightly envious of you (someone you dont particually like), you want to look your best.
Skin is very improtant to me as I fight a battle with it everyday, therefor the most important thing for me is that my skin looks good. I do remove blemishes with photoshop, smooth the skin but in this photo fiddling with the contrast has wiped out the detail in the skin. I also normally make the colour more intense/less intense to make the image more striking. Fiddling with the balance of a photograph is more an artistic choice for me and I try to make they image look better rather than making myself look better. Im not sure photographs like this show a huge amount of my personallity. It is a calm image, it is truthful in the sense that it shows what I would wear and isnt staged directly for a photograph. But i think it does show that outward appearence is important to me and that I wish to take time when thinking about how i represent myself to others. ”

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“This image was made for my own art project, it was take by myself but on a timer, the images wernt posed and were taken radomly as i moved. This supposidly means it is a slightly truer representation of my face. Saying that there were many images and i did choose which one I though was most suitable. But rather than choosing in relation to whether i look good it was a compositional choice that was made considering the aims of my project. There was no editing involved in this image at all. I posted this image on Myspace in rebellion to the other images i have on there. This shows part of my life i keep hidden mainly because of this pressure to look a certain way. However I believe that by me posting an image like this tells you that there is a part of me that doesnt care what people think about me and that this is part of me and i am not ashamed of this. The responses to this image were interesting to me in comaparison to any other image i have posted and i think they prove my point most successfully…

‘hmmm, that looks vile. x ‘
‘Ah! I don’t know why but this picture really freaks me out!’

They couldnt be further from the average myspace comment. I feel a great fondness to this images as its showing something about me that is deeper than just what i look like. And when i look at them all i feel a greater sense of me in this image!

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“The majority of my MySpace photos feature images of me with friends in social situations, either taken by others or taken on camera phones. These pictures tend to show a happy, natural side to my personality where the smiles and expressions aren’t forced. Personally, i’m embarassed to post self portraits of myself for all the world to see, but this might reflect my lack of confidence in my own image and my fear of being judged. This picture aims to show my artistic side and interest in photography. By cropping out most of my face i’m hoping to add mystery, and by shooting in black and white, over colour adds a sense of ‘authority’ and artistic merit. The mirror shot is a bit tounge in cheek, reflecting upon the countless of infamous MySpace “mirror photos”.

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“I guess i’m shallow. I pick photos usually because i think i look good in them just like everyone else, but then again my myspace gallery of me in costume pulling stupid faces and looking pissed off my face also contradicts this. You have a fixation on the image of yourself you think looks best and you want the world to see you that way and also in your mind you believe they do see you that way anyway or you hope they do. I couldn’t edit this photo because i lack the technical skill but i would have if i could! I guess my physical edit is the fact i’m not showing my body because i think i’m fat and i hate my body and also i’m wearing brighter lipstick than i normally would to show off the shape of my lips and looking back on it now it nicely contrasts against the colour of my hair and eyes and the green wrap for those reasons its a photo i’m proud of as it came out unexpectedly well. I guess the photo also reflects my interest/taste in fashion, I like gwen stafani with her white hair and red lips but it wasn’t a conscience mimic. The look i guess was kinda going for was a classic 20’s 30’s blonde bombshelll with the fur wrap i guess but because of my mood and the lighting its also come across as very serene… I was the only one in the house when i took this and there was nothing else in the room but myself and the fur wrap (as my room had just been decorated) so the feeling i get personally when i look at this photo is screnity and purity but i guess you could look at it as a flirty photo as there’s a bit of flesh or a cute photo as i’m huddled up with my knees to my chest and my head on my knees looking up at the camera. But the photo looks different when you turn your head to the side it looks as though i’m looking suspiciously at the camera/audience i guess its a bit of a mona lisa smile situation you can make what you want of it. When i 1st took this photo i was happy with it and every now and then i look at it and think yeah, i guess its pretty but sometimes i sit and can pick holes in it or can’t bare to look at it, but since its the photo i think expresses the styles i like the most and its pretty laid back i generally use it on my myspace to represent me, plus it goes with my profile layout.”

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“I’m in the mountains surrounded by beautiful scenery and being a geologist through University, I find this one of my more natural settings. It also puts out the perception that I’ve got an intrest in travel (of which a few people have myspaced me about), and with that perception comes the perception that I’m well off enough to travel. I’m wearing a Black Keys T shirt, which is one of my favourite T shirts and one of my favourite bands. I prefer band T shirts that don’t have the band name paraded in bold text on the front, as I tend to associate this with teenagers who are desperate to make a bold musical statement in the way they are perceived. I don’t tend to follow fashion in any particular way as it’s a game you’ll never win, so this photo is atypical of the way that I dress. I’m NOT smiling in the photograph as I believe strongly that smiling for a photo is inherently contrived and that you shouldn’t do it. If you are photographed by someone else when not prepared, then this is much better as it shows your actual emotions at that point.”

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I chose this picture as i took it on a saturday and i was at my happiest. id just had a shower and my hair was still a bit wet. i felt i looked good that day. i only take pictures when i think i look ok. who wants a bad picture? and if its going to be seen by loads of people on the internet then you have to look what you feel is your best. the black and white effect made it more interesting to look at. It was my first black and white photo.

I think i was still a little hung over that morning, but was excited at the prospect of going to the Brush that night. i hadnt been as many times as i have now back then so it was still exciting. So this picture represents a slighly hungover, excited jonny– excited it was saturday mostly. i go a little mental when im excited, like a kid high on E-Numbers. so i call this photo- “feeling a bit mental”

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