Grace Tu

Grace Tu

Saturday, June 28, 2014

30 Day Photography Challenge - Day 1 - Self-Portrait

When we were in Paris we attended a special exhibition of Vincent van Gogh in Musee d'Orsay.  The exhibition contained several self-portraits of the artist.  In a letter to his brother, Vincent van Gogh wrote about how his self-portraits reflected his mental health. His struggling soul was in his every brushes. They were absolutely captivating and we wanted to just stare at them and breathe in all the genius.

There're rarely people who can present art as masterfully as Van Gogh, but in any self-portrait we must all be able to translate who we are deep inside, at least in some degree, whether it is presented beautifully, vividly, penetrating, or otherwise. Because a self-portrait is our own creation of ourselves and in that process of creation, there must be some of our soul dropped unconciously into our work.

So there you go, my Day 1 challenge, a self-portrait.


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