Sunday, October 30, 2011

Self-Portrait | October 2011

October's self-portrait was taken in the kitchen of our rental house in Phoenix.  As you can plainly see, I've photographed myself sitting on the kitchen counter.  Assuming this pose while chatting in the kitchen has been a habit of mine for as long as I can remember.  I'm not sure why I find it so comfortable, but I'd much rather sit on the counter than on a chair at the kitchen table.  Perhaps I long to feel like a kid again, with my feet dangling, and it is one of the few places where I can still do that.

It took me a while to begin the habit, but now that I feel at home here it has resumed in full force.  I decided on this as October's pose earlier in the month when I realized just how often I've been hopping up there during evening conversations with Kevin.

Usually I don't sit up there unless someone else is in the kitchen with me and I am talking with them, so for the photo I wasn't sure exactly how I wanted to compose it or where I wanted to be looking.  Luckily, Lexi is rarely more than a few feet away so she presented herself as the perfect target to direct my attention towards for the photo.

I suspect that the kitchen probably won't be the setting for too many more photos!  It is one of the very few places in the house that doesn't have any natural lighting.  I kept hoping that I would eventually find a time of day where there was enough light filtering in from the dining room and living room, but it never happened.  So, I had to settle for taking the photo with the overhead light on, and I didn't love the effect which is why I opted for a black and white photo.

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  1. I like this photo of you. You look very at peace and it's just your typical location to be when we're talking in the kitchen. Very you. <3

  2. Great photo! This is going to sound weird but I love that the towel is perfectly unperfect.

  3. It's funny that you mention the towel, because it is rare that it isn't perfectly lined up and straightened out. I even looked at it in the photo and thought about taking another one, but was too lazy. :)

  4. Loved seeing you and Lexi in your photo. Can't wait to visit everyone next month.