Okay so I am still mulling over Self Portraits. Not so intimidated now, but how best to represent myself as Cheri Desailly Photography requires some thought.
I'm not a niche photographer. I don't go out and do family portraits and weddings. Well hardly ever. When people ask me what I like to photograph I say “everything”. As a result it is easy to get distracted from a project and be scattered when one should be focused. Having said that, there are some things that interest me more than others:
- social documentary – my first love
- wildlife – both flora and fauna. I have had amazing opportunities to travel to Africa and I also camp a lot in Australia.
- abstract – both in the built environment and nature
- textures - both in the built environment and nature
- Still Life – just occasionally an image pops up in my mind that requires some setting up. Eg early on in my photography learning curve, I wanted to challenge myself to achieve separation of the same colour and tone using slide film. I selected red and decided to use a red tulip in a red vase against a red background. I then had to wait nearly a year for red tulips to be back in the shops. In the end when I looked down the lens the image without the vase worked best.
Do I show myself in the context of some of my interests? In the mean time Here is the photo of my red tulip. It remains one of my favourites and is called "A Study in Red".