To take a portrait, you need only a few things: a camera, a light source, a location to shoot in, and your subject. I began taking self-portraits for the reason many photographers do: I didn’t know who else to photograph, or no one else was around. However, self-portraiture quickly became a refuge for me and it lead to a lot of healing. As a survivor of sexual abuse and trauma, self-portraiture helped me reframe the way I viewed my body. My current relationship with my body isn’t perfect, but it’s much more peaceful than it was 12 years ago when I first started taking self-portraits.
So, back to what we were talking about before: what you need to make portraits. Many people think that you need a studio or cool locations to make images you’ll love, but neither are true. I made these images using window light, a homemade backdrop, and a variety of household objects (tissue paper and fairy/Christmas lights). I took all the photos in my apartment.