Thursday’s Special: Imitation

Here we are for Thursday’s Special on a Saturday…. and I was scratching my head as to what I could use for this prompt. Then I remembered an image I took a few years ago, a rare selfie imitating the late, great Jane Bown.

This is her Self Portrait in a mirror: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/dec/28/jane-bown-the-eye-had-it

Here’s my imitation, not using a mirror, but using one camera on a tripod to take this shot, not pin sharp because I was guessing the focal point as I darted to the tripod, set the self-timer, then darted back into position!:

Imitation

Jane’s is full of rich tones, and was taken using natural light. On a dull evening in the depths of winter I used a flash, and have a rather poor, not to say unflattering image in comparison!!

More Imitation over at Paula’s here

 

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54 comments

  1. I’ve seen her selfie, and your now. I like your eyes so much better. Love this look of surprise on you 🙂 Great timing, Sue (I was on my pc), and a terrific, really terrific take on the theme. Much obliged 🙂

  2. Ha! What a great idea Sue
    A bit scary for the viewer though!!

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  4. very good shot…… looks like a beautiful sketch…….

  5. Splendid shot and great idea for the challenge. (BTW We are great Jane Bown fans in the Farrell household. Also the proud possessors of her limited ed. John Lennon portrait)

  6. I think it turned out really well, Sue.

    janet

    • Sue

      Many thanks, Janet….it was an interesting exercise! I wanted to take an image in the mirror, but couldn’t get it to work with the flash..”I much prefer natural light, anŷway

  7. This is brilliant, but you do have an expression of fear as though you are photographing a ghost!

  8. This is fabulous! I love the look in your eyes. I didn’t realize we have the same camera! Love the editing too.

  9. I love this rare portrait – such intelligent, alive eyes, and so beautifully composed. It’s absolutely the essence of what I know of you. And thank you so much for the links to Jane Brown. I’m looking forward to “imitations” (I prefer “creations based on …”) some of the photographers you’ve been looking at lately.

    • Sue

      Oh, pile on the flattery, Meg, I love it! Intelligent alive eyes! As for imitations of other photographers, not sure there will be many forthcoming…we’ll see. Now you’ve set me a challenge…drat!

  10. Love this self-portrait, Sue. Creative and terrific with your post-processing.

  11. Tee Hee! Looking forward to the ‘creations based on…’ 🙂 🙂

  12. It worked well, and made a nice change from the ubiquitous mirror shot.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  13. Great eyebrows Sue!! ( I have none lol)

  14. Haha, well done! I just love the look on your face there…

  15. Great shot. I love the composition (prefer it to Bown’s) as well as the sketch-y feel.

  16. I know how much you dislike photos of yourself (I’m not much better) so well done 🙂

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