This is me, or a version of me. A self-portrait using a timer setting (and later a bit of highlighting, contrasting, shadowing and saturating). It's an accidental pose taken before I went away and needed a passport photo for a visa when I was much too busy to go and get it done properly!
I had the camera set up on the bench and stood against the wall under the painting (of course I was going to crop the painting out of the portrait). I was aiming for a formal stance but the hand went up, the shutter clicked and the photo was done.
Sensibly, in the end, I went and had one taken 'professionally' - a mundane version of oneself that satisfies border patrol officials but which causes a certain degree of discomfort every time one takes a glimpse at oneself. I wonder what goes through the minds of customs officials when they hold up the passport and check the person in front of them. Their faces never give anything away!
Traditional portraiture artist in Hanoi
When I came across the original of my photo recently, I started to muck around with the editing options which, even with a minimalist program such as the one I use, are enormous ... and realising in the process how many options there were for changing the image from something that was a literal interpretation to a myriad visually intriguing end points.
Artistic or creative work is demanding, whether it be traditional representation or striving to express a nuance beyond definition.
Personally, I believe in pushing the boundaries: accidents make good starting points; manipulation and experimentation guide the process and the self can make for quite interesting subject matter!
A woman thinking (not a self-portrait)