Fear: A Video Self-portrait

A couple of years ago, I experimented with a video project inspired by a scanner artist I saw on an HGTV design show segment. This artist scanned various items and tweaked images in different ways for some interesting 2D effects. It looked fun and I wanted to try it too.

fingertips scanI started by scanning my hands and fingertips, getting some cool effects. Then I moved to my face. The images revealed slightly distorted versions of me that came off with a cool, kind of creepy feel. This in turn inspired me to make a video, using a succession of my scanned self-portraits.

I saw it as a way to recognize and confront my fear demons–a chance to let them motivate me, instead of swallowing my creative spirit. We should not put so much energy into our fears that they manifest into  these big, terrorizing, creativity-bashing monsters keeping us from our creative growth.

This is something I think many of us can relate to, no matter where our “fear demons” emerge as negative blocks in our lives, creatively or otherwise. So I pulled from the archives to share the resulting video,    I guess you can say it is a self-portrait of the fear and insecurities that appear off and on during my journey. (Original post here.)

I hope you will watch the clip below (1 min:11 sec) and share your thoughts in the comments.

This entry was published on May 3, 2013 at 2:35 PM. It’s filed under Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Fear: A Video Self-portrait

  1. Laura on said:

    very creepy cool! As you start disappearing into the dark, I tried looking in harder for you….and the smeared fingers…..wow…..and then the unexpected “inspire”. Brilliant!


  2. Nancy Salvatierra on said:

    Creepy cool…..liked the smeared fingers ending shot and no sound added to the suspense


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