Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

This week’s photo challenge was frankly…a challenge.  I really dislike taking pictures of myself and had to convince myself to embrace the assignment.  So, here’s what I did.  At our local Grand Rapids Art Museum, I took several pictures of myself superimposed over works of art.   The one I selected was Armin Mersmann’s “Through the Iris, 2012.”  If you look closely, you can see my head within the pupil and my black coat beneath the iris.

Armin Mersmann, "Through the Iris, 2012."  Graphite on paper.  Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Armin Mersmann, “Through the Iris, 2012.” Graphite on paper. Grand Rapids Art Museum.

You can also see other reflections within Mersmann’s drawing, created in graphite.  The detail and texture of the eye and skin are remarkable, don’t you think?  To see more of Mersmann’s work, click on this link to his portfolio.  So, what do you think of my selfie?  Is it truly a selfie?  Or, is it just a reflection within a reflection?

Click on the links below to view other self portraits.

23 replies »

  1. I like your creative take on the theme. Selfies are constructions of the self, and a reflection within a reflection is a construction. For me, it constructs you as embracing the beauty of art.


  2. Very interesting Patricia, but I’m so used to seeing your beautiful, soft, gentle face, so it was difficult to see the real you behind this face!


  3. This really makes me think; kind of Escher-esque with its levels within levels of, I guess, representation. I don’t know what it’s called–I don’t have a deep background in art–but I love it. It’s a bit disconcerting, I will say that, probably because of Mersmann’s subject (it almost made me feel that his subject was either confrontational toward you, being reflected back in his eye, just the crinkle of the eye gave me that feeling, or the opposite, kind of suspicious or afraid of you; the title doesn’t give me a great clue–and I can’t get any other microexpressions from the face until I study it some more, maybe then). Anyway, I really like your selfie interpretation–“wow!” just didn’t seem like a good enough summation.


    • On the contrary, Leigh, I think that is a great interpretation! Escher-esque. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but I can definitely see that. A reflection within a reflection. A microcosm within a micro within a macro. Mersmann has a series of faces and eyes. There is so much he manages to capture–including expressions, a life history, and the texture of the skin. Thanks so much for your thoughts!


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