Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

Very pleased to have been asked to do a feature for Chicago Center for Literature and Photography. Along with the photographs they selected, there is a short interview and one of my very short stories in there. Some of the photographs they chose surprised me, to be honest. But it is always interesting to see what others find interesting.
They asked me to give them a headshot or a selfie. I struggled with that, to be honest. As you all know, I do not post photographs of myself here, but last Friday I set myself to the task and the results are below. Like many things, I did not intentionally set out to take a self-portrait like this. I was sitting at my computer thinking how can I do this. I began to use the iMac’s Photo Booth, but was not happy with the results. I have my computer by the window and on this morning the sun was streaming through the blinds, resulting in streaks of light hitting the computer, the wall behind and my face when I turned to look out. I got the iPhone out, powered up Instagram, reversed the camera, lowered my head, raised my eyes and snapped and apped and the result is below. Then, intrigued, I got out the DSLR. That big, bulky beast and tried the same. It was not as easy this time, however. A lot of hit and miss, but one or two that I liked. The black and white one below is one of those.

This is the first time I have ever posted a photograph of myself on my Flickr stream. It is like sending a kid off to school on their own for the first time.  I don’t think there will be many more.
A big thanks to all for your continued support and inspiration.

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