Photography and photojournalism in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Self-portraiture and iPhoneography

I recently ran into some work done by Washington Post photographer Michael Williamson in which he used his iPhone to snap a series of creative self-portraits. He did this alongside the multimedia work he was doing on “Half a Tank: Along Recession Road,” a lengthy series of blog posts done with reporter Theresa Vargas in 2009 documenting the effects of the Great Recession from coast to coast. Williamson has been a staff photographer for the Post for nearly 20 years and is one of the most talented photojournalists currently working.

With his experience and skill, he has a seemingly endless wealth of great photographic ideas that come across in his work. They also come across in his fabulous iPhone portraits in which he often uses shadows or reflections as the main elements in his images.

In this series of self-portraits, I’ve shamelessly borrowed from Williamson’s use of reflection in a variety of ways at a specialty shop on N.E. Sandy Blvd. in Portland, as well as with a car. I’ve also used an iPhone, which has surprisingly good image quality, white balance and other handy attributes.

Located across 28th Avenue from the club I recently played a show at, the shop is the kind of establishment you probably won’t find anywhere except the middle of a large city, and the neon lighting provided a suitably vintage feel to the fedoras and other items on display.


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