'Post-Millennium' Self-portraits by Julian Flynn

All the self portraits on this page were taken before my move to France in late 2008 and after the Exhibition 'In search of Lost Selves' which was held at Leeds City Art Gallery in 2000.

This exhibition marked a break in my self-portraiture - I wished to move on from the experimental methods I had used in making these, and to try the following new approaches:

The Life-Cast Self-portraits:

these negatives were made between Autumn 2002 and May 2005 when I had the use of a large format camera. I had some 30-40 life-casts made of myself: one of my whole head, several full faces, and many fragments and distortions. I photographed these using the old, dusty strip-lighting in the disused factory where I had my darkroom, making full use of the camera's movements.

Inspired by the 1949 -50 nudes of Irvin Penn, I have printed these by overexposing the photographic paper and then bleaching it back in a reducer. This gives them their peculiar look and tonality (see further details in the 'techniques' section of this web-site).

The Mirror Self Portraits:

with these I'm interested in the way four levels of reality can be made to interact within the photograph's frame - myself (represented by my hand), my reflection, what's behind the mirror itself and what's behind my own reflection in the mirror. These Mirror Self-portraits are the closest I've managed to come to doing 'straight' self portraits.

Combinations and Juxtapositions:

These consist of experimentations with various groupings of photographs taken from the same session (so that that the overall work has a sense of unity and uniformity).

 
     
 
 
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
mirror self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
hand held mirror self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
mirror self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
mirror self portrait by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
mirror self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
hand held mirror self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn
life cast self portrait photograph by photographer julian flynn