I have finally reached my goal of ten images in my "Portraits of self portraits" series and I am very happy with how they all turned out. I pushed myself with this project and learned far more than I could have anticipated while working on it. I have come to believe that creating a series of creative works, not just a body of work, is an extremely important exercise to sharpen your creative skills and to step up your creative game.
I started with the modest goal of creating ten cohesive images for my portfolio as well as a side goal of having a public display of these images to help overcome my anxiety from having my work seen and judged. Not only did my proficiency with taking pictures improve with each shoot, I developed my post processing skills and style as I went. But that was to be expected. What I didn't anticipate was all the producer aspects of the project. Since it was a solo endever I was responsible for casting, wardrobe, scheduling subjects and finding bathrooms to shoot. I happen to have a lot of traits of an introvert so some of these tasks required me to step outside my comfort zone, yes I used a lot of friends but there were also people I had never met or only met once and public bathrooms to shoot which was a very good experience for me. I pushed myself and it payed off.
So, now that I have shot and edited 10 images, gained a series I can be proud of, upped my photography, post production and producer game what else could I gain from this? Well, I want to put these on in a public space to be viewed and inevitably judged (more stepping outside of my comfort zone) and that requires prints. So I fired up my Epson 3800 and printed out an initial set of images and it was immediately apparent that subtle differences in my post processing had made the images look "off" when sitting next to one another. So I read Making The Print by Martin Bailey and went back and tweaked, printed, retweaked and reprinted my images until they all looked like they belonged on a wall together, which in turn made them look even better in my online portfolio.
This has been an engaging experience and I already have other series in the works. I feel it is something I will continue to do as long as I can to develop myself as a creative and i would encourage anyone in any creative field, not just photography, to create a series of creative works. You wont be disappointed.