hermes

May 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hermes

I must admit this photo is a cheat. This was taken last year before I started this photo-letter project but it was this exercise that inspired me to do this self-portrait photo project.

At the time, I had bought a few hats and wanted to get TH’s opinion on which one to keep. I ended up returning them all. Looking back at the photos inspired me to share more about myself with my pen-pal.

I enjoy reading Greek mythology. One of my favorite Greek gods is Hermes, the messenger god. As I understood it, the winged sandals and helmet gives him the ability to travel with great speed to deliver messages. Or perhaps the winged accessories are just symbols or a uniform of sorts and in fact, do not have any powers at all. In any case, I have always liked the look of Hermes.

Hermes is also a French luxury fashion brand whose accessories I do admire especially their scarves.

princess…

March 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

I never desired to be a princess when I was little girl. I didn’t go prancing around and calling myself princess or dress in puffy dresses like the princesses in fairytales, nor did I have a little crown. However, as an adult woman, I am amused with the idea of being implied a “princess”. For instance, this bike I’ve been wanting by Pashley. It happens to be called the Princess Sovereign but I love the look and set of the bicycle. I’m also aware of how I behave, and at times, it may come off as “princess-like”, and TH always makes fun of me because of some of these behaviors. An example of this behavior is when sitting on public benches and especially on concrete or stone site furniture, I will put down a clean sheet of something if I have it on hand. Though some may call me a germ-a-phobe, TH calls me “princess”. It doesn’t bother me. Like I said, I am amused by it all though I wouldn’t mind a sparkling tiara.

princess...*

The original photo was taken with Camera+ app on Valentine’s Day for TH. I later acquired a new app called Retromatic app, and used the app on the photo to illustrate a lighthearted side.
iPhoneography project: Self-portraits and Letters

14th street

March 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

14th Street

This is another set of photos taken while waiting for the train, and as you may have guessed – at 14th Street station. It was a cold evening.

I have so many app and don’t get a chance to use most of them like the Incredibooth app. These photos were taken with Incredible Cowboy Booth using Blackets SG. I like how the B+W make my eyes pop.

iPhoneography project: Self-portraits and Letters

riding the subway

January 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Following the capture of “dirty reflection”, I collected these series of self-portraits while on the train. Sometimes you will find me standing on the train even though there are seats. I normally do not stand by the door but on this occasion, I was on an express train and would be getting off at the next stop. I like to look out the window and watch the passing stations and flashes of lights in the tunnels.

Riding the subway
Photos were taken with Hipstamatic using various combination of lens and films, and then organized with the Grid Lens app. I like how I am ghosted or translucent in each frame. The passing lights from the subway stations and tunnels add a dynamic effect to the photos.

The following combination of films and lens were used:
Hornbecker Lens and Cano Cafenol Film
Jane Lens and Sugar Film
Wonder Lens and W40 Film
Jane Lens and W40 Film
James M Lens and ROck BW-11 Film

iPhoneography project: Self-portraits and Letters

dirty reflection

January 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

I was traveling by subway, and standing by the door because I did not have a long distance to go. As I was looking out the window, I noticed the rain residue, and then noticed myself in the reflection. I like the trickling pattern left by the rain and how it obscures my reflection with an almost scaly texture. I did not hesitate to capture this immediately.
Dirty Reflection
Photo was captured and post edited with the Camera+ app. I used the Cross Process FX and Offset frame.

iPhoneography project: Self-portraits and Letters

returning to nyc

January 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

I was on board a Jetblue flight in Portland, Maine waiting to depart for New York City. I know I look serious. I tend to when taking photos of myself. I don’t know why. Hopefully this exercise will teach me to be more lighthearted and whimsical with my self-portraits.

Returning to NYC

Photo originally shot with the Hipstamatic app then post edited with the Percolator app. I played with different colors and variations, and I liked this one best.

iPhoneography project: Self-portraits and Letters

iPhoneography project: Self-portraits and Letters

January 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

This is an introduction to a self-portrait project I am doing for 2013. These self-portraits will be featured in handwritten letters to my friend who lives in Oregon. My letters to her are personal and autobiographical. The letters contain descriptions of what is happening around me at the time of writing. I tend to write while I am out and about. Sometimes, I share my thoughts, or what I have been up to. I have been writing to her for almost 10 years after her father passed away. Her father was my pen-pal up to the day he passed away and she wanted to continue the exchange.

For this iPhoneography project, I will be posting the photos I use in each letter on this blog. Each photo/post will be accompanied with a brief description of the self-portrait, and additional information on how the photos are edited. All photos used will be captured and edited with the iPhone 5. The photos will also be posted on Flickr.

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