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  • Writer's pictureRachel Kelso

Week One. 365. Environmental Portrait

I started a new photo project on February 27. A new theme every week. Self portraits. Sometimes I think I'm good with words but most of the time I feel like I can only communicate through photos. Remember things and validate my existence with some kind of permanence. Not immortality, but I was here. I'm here right now.

The theme this week is Environmental Portrait. That term can be confusing if you haven't heard it before! Wikipedia describes it as:

"An environmental portrait is a portrait executed in the subject's usual environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject's life and surroundings. The term is most frequently used of a genre of photography.
"By photographing a person in their natural surroundings, it is thought that you will be able to better illuminate their character, and therefore portray the essence of their personality, rather than merely a likeness of their physical features. It is also thought that by photographing a person in their natural surroundings, the subject will be more at ease, and so be more conducive to expressing themselves, as opposed to in a studio, which can be a rather intimidating and artificial experience."

February 27, 2022 - my bedroom.

February 28, 2022 - grocery day.

March 1, 2022 - laundry day.

March 2, 2022 - where I do yoga.

March 3, 2022 - Getting photos that show a full scene in a tiny bathroom is hard, but I do love photos of doorways.

March 4, 2022 - Having control over literally anything at all is nice.

March 5, 2022 - Movie night! We watched From Up on Poppy Hill. It was very pleasant.


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