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SELF PORTRAIT: What female photographers turning to themselves in lockdown look like?

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Kolkata (India): The darkest phase of mankind had begun. All I can see is black everywhere. I screamed with fear fogging my eyes. Can’t find my soul in the darkness. It always collapses my brain, suffocates my soul. I was desperately searching for a hand for rescue. But all have confined to themselves in their world. I was sinking in a deep pool. Almost all hopes lost. I was about to close my eyes and then I saw someone. She looked like me. Frustrated but desperate. I heard her voice. “Keep paddling.” “Don’t stop till you have last breathed” – she shouted. My soul woke up!

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The pandemic continues and we are adjusting our life to the “new normal”. It is tough for all of us. Staying indoors is not really a thing for street photographers.
Nowhere to go, nothing to do except piles of household chores.

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Days are getting longer and nights are becoming sleepless. But as the situation demands many street photographers have chosen to do the “Self-Portrait” series like me. A self-portrait is a way to look in detail for self. It should not be mistaken for selfies. A selfie reflects just a funny enjoyable happy smiley face. But A self-portrait is a way of portrayal of self with emotions, place, time, etc much more than just a selfie. I believe that nothing is permanent and this too shall pass.

But this phase is making me strong from within to stand in front of any storm. Teaches me to push myself beyond the boundary I have made. To fall and to rise again is what life is all about.

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Because this is the era of social media we can follow how artists from different parts of the world are engaging themselves during these tough times and thus I came across these women photographers who choose to do series of the self-portrait to express themselves.

Ximena Echague

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Ximena Echague, a curator, Jury, Producer, and mentor of WomenstreetPhotographers, Ambassador, and curators of Fotogafas LATAM, member of Littlebox Collective has documented her experience and emotional flow chart through a self-portrait series called “ISOLATION“. In her own words-

Image courtesy of Ximena Echague | Please do not reproduce without permission

Image courtesy of Ximena Echague | Please do not reproduce without permission

“Street photographers at home, without people in the streets trying to portray reality in isolation.

The new Plague has confined all of us indoors, allowing only for introspections, imagination, and symbolism to capture the new fuzzy reality, the invisible risk, the permanent fear.

Different ways to struggle, to keep your mind at ease, to overcome anxiety and fear, to continue living and hopefully creating.”

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Image courtesy of Ximena Echague | Please do not reproduce without permission | Follow Ximena on Instagram and her website

Iris Maria

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Photographer based in Bucharest, Romania, and Editor of popular Street Photography Instagram account @dpsp_street and @streethunters_net , has created self-portraits which looks like from different era. They are full of emotion and passion.

She said- “Self Portraits are for me still a work in progress, as I learn each time I shoot. I started to take this kind of photo more professionally due to the pandemic and the fact that traveling and outside shooting has become harder in this period. Each time I come up with new ideas and try to stay creative, I think of the whole process as being fun and very intimate.”

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Image courtesy of Iris Maria | Please do not reproduce without permission | Follow Iris on Instagram

Karolina Trapp

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Karolina Trapp is a street photographer based in Seattle, USA. Recently she has been awarded Bronze Medal PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Street Photography category along with many other recognitions.

Most recently, Karolina spoke of her story as a street photographer in a short film produced by Women Street Photographers, as the first of their new Inspirational Films series.

With a chronic illness putting her at high risk, Karolina was stuck home during the COVID-19 pandemic and turned her creative mind to sources of inspiration such as self-portraits. The following images explore the illusions, self-reflections, moods, and other oscillations of the human mind exploring isolation and existence in the face of a threat.

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Image courtesy of Karolina Trapp | Please do not reproduce without permission | Follow Carolina on Instagram

Sonia Goydenk

Sonia, a member of NYCSPC Collective, is an internationally exhibited New York City-based street photographer. She described her thoughts and emotions on self-portrait here-“Confined at home during quarantine, I was forced to turn the camera towards myself and began creating self-portraits, something that as a street photographer I never thought I’d do! In some of them, I felt fragmented, cut off from the world, isolated, and alone.

As I started to explore and become more confident in my creativity, the images took on a more mystical and transcendent quality.”

Image courtesy of Sonia Goydenko | Please do not reproduce without permission | Follow Carolina on Instagram

Image courtesy of Sonia Goydenko | Please do not reproduce without permission | Follow Carolina on Instagram

Image courtesy of Sonia Goydenko | Please do not reproduce without permission | Follow Carolina on Instagram

Did you like the feature on ‘self-portrait’? Are you a photographer/artist and have a unique story to tell the world? Drop an email to communications@wetheworldmagazine.com with the subject stating ‘Photography Pitch.’ 

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