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Discussion: "Id - the Object of Self" Gallery Exhibit, and Self-Portraiture

Is a portrait comparable to a self-portrait?  What makes a great self-portrait?  How can self-portraiture grow your personal and professional photography?  How can it grow you as an individual?

Id - The Object of Self is the Darkroom Gallery's current exhibition, consisting of 55 self-portrait images, and slightly fewer that number Photographers.  If you take away the qualification of "Self", it is a fantastic collection of portraits, largely conceptual, and almost exclusively intimate.  Portraiture in and of itself is a craft worthy our attention as so few have mastered the ability to capture and relay not just a person's likeness, but also their soul, heart, and mind..., add "Self" back into the equation.  As a viewer, our perceptions about the exhibit as a whole, and the images individually, changes (even dramatically) knowing they are Self-Portraits.  Why?  Have you taken self-portraits?  An exploration of the genre becomes infinitely more complicated with personal experience.  What are yours?  Simply interested in the possibility of using yourself as subject?...this will be a perfect intro for you.

The format of this meetup is a combination of lecture and discussion, very heavy on the discussion side!  If you've taken self-portraits, and feel comfortable to share them, PLEASE bring them along (prints are recommended, although we would rather you bring your laptop than nothing at all, if you're inclined to share!).  It is neither mandatory that you bring prints to share, nor is it necessary that you've experimented with Self-Portraiture.  With a minimum of 6 participants, we'll likely find ourselves a group both familiar and not, about all the great (and challenging) things that self-portraiture can be.  Of course we'll use the current exhibition to ask and answer questions.

This is a free event, and also an introduction to an extended workshop series Polly will be offering in the near future. A minimum of 6 participants will be required to run the discussion.  Sign-up ends on Saturday, October 13th, at NOON.

If you're available, please stay for the Id artists' reception immediately following our discussion!


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  • Timothy G.

    Excellent! Polly's insights and observations led to spirited discussion. I learned a lot about seeing photos, and even though I probably won't do much self-portraiture I know I benefitted a lot from the group session. Thanks, Polly!

    October 23, 2012

  • Ken S.

    Great facilitator!

    October 17, 2012

  • sidney e.

    Polly helped me 'see' some of the pictures differently than what I thought I had first seen. It was like having a museum curator taking me on a tour, discovering themes that were not apparent to me at first. Because of her skill, I learned a great deal that I can apply to my own work. Spot on. Thanks.
    I am curious as to how to get my name - box listed below with the other attendees.

    October 15, 2012

  • Stewart M.

    I may be repeating myself but this was an very excellent discussion group led by a gifted facilitator and artist.

    October 14, 2012

  • Paul D.

    Great! Thanks Polly!

    October 14, 2012

  • Kim M.

    Hey- I will not be able to attend. I do have a prior if you want to spot is open...

    October 13, 2012

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