“I paint myself because I am the thing I know best”—Frida Kahlo
lately i’ve been feeling embarrased or ashamed when people look at my digital camera and see the hundreds of photos i take of myself. two weeks ago i went for a beer with a co-worker and she took a photo of me, and then looked at the other ones on the camera. “you took photos of yourself at work?” i felt so embarassed. it wasn’t judgemental, it wasn’t mean-spirited… it was just a question.
many people make what i find to be passive-aggressive comments about my self-portraits or even just the little snapshots/outfit documentation photos i take of myself. a friend drunkenly mocked me by recreating my poses from my etsy store. one hand on the hip. goofy serious pose.
i don’t know why this embarrassment feels so visceral. it shouldn’t. i have nothing to apologize for, nothing to be ashamed of. maybe i should adopt this attitude from frida.
i photograph myself because i am the thing i know best.