Though I read a little bit more often, I sluggishly use the kitchen, but while I was without a tripod and access to more equipment, it was a delight sharing quality time with my camera during the covid19 lockdown. Here are some of the self portraits while experimenting with a self-timer.
At a point into the work I was close to giving-up, not because I wasn’t enjoying the shots but getting it focused wasn’t easy to set, especially when you are not at liberty to move things around in your apartment for the camera to sit on.
For a clearer picture of my methodology in this limited space I stay in an Airbnb shared apartment with just a bed space for myself. I converted the dimensional bed to a seat in the day and then stretch-it-out at night. I rested my camera at the edge of the window close to the bed which made it impossible to go behind the camera for focus setting before the shot.
I climb out the window into the small backyard to view the monitor on the camera in order to focus. This is very risky because I have the camera on the window frame and fear it will fall on the ground.
To steady the camera, I’ve moved out books and put the camera on the shelf, turned the bucket up-down, braced up the camera lens with a crate and tried numerous types of crazy things to improvise a tripod.
All those formed the fun part of this project work, with class critiques and feedback I’m encouraged to keep on experimenting with self-portraiture.
These photographs and captions are akin to a daily diary.
This is a project of Lori Grinker’s NYU graduate photojournalism class.