Shooting great self-portraits is not as easy as it looks. It is self-exploration, self-documentation, and when done well it can lead to self-discovery.
Shooting great self-portraits is not as easy as it looks. For one, it takes impressive photographic skill to take a great photo when you are not behind the camera. And after you’ve accomplished that, you have to find an honest comfort in front of the lens, without self-consciousness, without pretense, and without fear. It is self-exploration, self-documentation, and when done well it can lead to self-discovery.
And sometimes, it just gives you a cool photo for your Facebook profile.
Nadirah has been fluent in the language of self-portraits for years. This talented Photography student at FIT has been published twice in JPG Magazine with self-portrait shots, and her work was the inspiration for the new self-portrait kits that we’ve put together in the shop. A true master of self-portrait art, we present you with the first of our latest batch of self-portrait amigas… enjoy!
How long have you been a Lomographer (or are you new to this whole thing?)
Nadira Zakariya: I have been a lomographer since my 20th birthday in 2004. my dad gave me the colorsplash camera for my birthday present, i had been begging him for one! so i was indeed a happy camper yay :) :)
You’re a photography student. What are you studying these days?
NZ: i am studying…well, photography, d’uh! but i am trying to learn as many languages as i can! i am
attempting to learn estonian from my good friend natalja…i love languages….yummmmm~
Describe the LC-A+ in five words.
The strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had…
NZ: oh my…thats a tough one! i must say, HANDS DOWN the greatest lomographic moment would be when ina jang bebrit and i finally met on that beautiful warm fall day in 2006 on 27th st and 7th ave! we met though lomohomes and became great friends, and when we finally met in person, it was surreal…
If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they
be (song title & artist please).
NZ: “La Meme Histoire” by Feist, “Extraordinary Machine” by Fiona Apple and “Where’s My Love” by Caroline [ although i have found my love! it is still such a cute song :) ]
Your self-portraits are amazing! When you aim the lens at yourself, what are you thinking before you click the shutter?
NZ: thank you :) honestly, i usally think – >> am i in frame?? << or >>did the shutter click?!?<<
Is it possible to take a truly candid self-portrait? Or must they be >>posed<< by their very nature?
NZ: YES! most of my better ones were because i would accidentally click the shutter! yay happy accidents! and no, there is no such thing as a >>must<< when it comes to posing in self portraits..do what you want ;) its just like lomo..don’t think!! just do it!
If you could be anywhere, doing anything, right now > where would it be and what would you do?
NZ: I would be in Perhentian Island in Malaysia, sipping on my coconut drink[ from the actual coconut, of course! ]
…lazing on the beach…surrounded by people i love :) and an lc-a+ by my side, packed with unlimited supply of films… what more can a girl ask for right?
The one person (living or deceased) who you would like to photograph.
NZ: Björk !!! can i? please please? she is such an inspiration and i would love to shoot her…
Your advice to future LC-A+ shooters.
NZ: HAVE FUNNNN, embrace the happy accidents. forget light meters and iso and shutter speeds and
apertures and lighting ratios and all those boring geeky nerdy photo rules…throw them out of
window and welcome the mystery and magic that only the lc-a can offer! and take advantage of the
cable release button thingmajig!!!! i had been waiting for years for this feature to come and my dream
came true :) thank you lomography!!!!