October 17 2004 – Analogue self portraits.
I often get questions about my self portraits and the most common question I get is how I do it, what equipment I use and if I have someone else who press the shutter button for me.
1) I’ve done this for many years now. I have both knowledge and experience and of course you learn something…
2) My equipment is my camera… Mostly I use the self timer, sometimes I also use the remote control and tripod (and when I don’t use the tripod, I photograph hand held).
3) I would never (ever!) let someone else press the shutter button for me, that would, from my pov, not be a self portrait, even if I have set everything (composition, exposure, focus etc etc).
I’ve also been a runner for many years, so I have no problem keeping up. And most of the time I use the wideangle lens (16-45mm) and therefore it looks like it’s a longer distance than it is between the camera and me.
And last but not least: the most important thing for me as a photographer, is having control over the light. I work only with manual settings (aperture, shutter speed and exposure). I never use the automatic settings, because I don’t want the camera to control me.