Mirror mirror on the floor

Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.

Why would any one take a self portrait with the camera? someone might ask. And the answer is obvious:

Because you can! And it is fun and easy. And important?

ToesI listened to an episode of CraftSanity where the originator of Self Portrait Tuesday was interviewed. Her name is Kathreen Ricketson, and she has the most beautiful Australian dialect. I think it was very interesting to listen to her. She talked about her school project involving other peoples self portrait and how she also set up a camera in her home to randomly take pictures of her self with family or whomever was in the room. I love that idea! It made me think of my own self portraits, often taken in mirrors. Especially since I myself have so many photo projects going on all the time, almost unintentially or with our any special plan. I just see something I want to take a photo of, and then I do it. The next time I see something similar and shot a photo of it, it might be called a project… Or a theme I’m collecting. I’ve been taking self portraits long before there were blogs, maybe 10 years? At least since I held my first digital camera (not mine, but I borrowed it from work).

I just turned it around, and took a photo of myself. Just because I could, and it was so easy to see the result. I just love that, and also I enjoy having the power to delete all photos I’m not satisfied with. I’m not a big fan of people with own cameras taking photos of me. I like to get the camera back and decide what will be saved for the after world.

I think everyone should take the time to document them selves! If you are the one with the camera, there are likely no photos of you in the end of the day (party/holiday/event). Maybe be one photo of you, if you are cool enough to ask someone, and in only one shot you’ll look strange and your eyes might be closed.

So do it yourself, or make someone else take all the photos for once. Because tomorrow you’ll look different. You’ll forget the dress (or pajamas) you once owned and loved and how the room used to look – and oh, how young you were on those photos… (or what ugly hair cut you had).

For me it’s about accepting myself, and liking what I see. I bought a second hand mirror this weekend when I went to a garden loppis where I listened to live music while reading a good book in the sun, drinking coffee and eating cookies. Mmmmm! The only thing I bought was the mirror, with its golden frame and not to clean glass. I love it, and I knew I would take self portraits in it right away when I saw my reflection for the first time. I saw me, and the blue sky and the white apple blossoms and smiled.

Here are the photos, enjoy:

Me & Smilla

Me and Smilla



Self portrait in mirror
The mirror price was 80 SEK but of course I bargained and payed 50!

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15 Responses to Mirror mirror on the floor

  1. Lilli says:

    These are wonderful. I was doing the same thing a couple months ago. I learned a lot about light and shadow, about what makes me look good.

    I especially like your photo with both you and your cat looking in the mirror! And I love your cheerful sweater :)

  2. Melba says:

    Loved looking through your blog.

    Loved your softies I am a big fan…I haven’t made any yet but I really want to.

    and your baby is so cute…I love his cheeks.

    Fun and happiness. Nice to see!

  3. Strikkelise says:

    Great photos! I especially like no.2, where it seems like you are taking a photo of the cat from within the mirror!

  4. Hulda says:

    Bildene dine var virkelig gode, og morsomme! Du er flink til ? fange gode ?yeblikk med kameraet! :) Fint speil ogs

  5. kristen says:


    I just linked to your blog from thimble.ca (I’ve lurked here once or twice before). Some thoughts:
    –I am so impressed by your English
    –Love your photos of your kitty (Smilla)
    –Loved your cat cozy on May 26…I had linked to it earlier from Whip-up
    –I will be visiting family in Norway and Sweden this August, so I’m pleased to read about Swedish culture on your blog! : )


  6. Wonderful post – awesome self portraits – and a fabulous mirror!!

  7. miriam says:

    now, aren’t you glad you splurged on the camera? Love the pictures and the sweater.

  8. turquoisecro says:

    Love the one where your reflection is also on the window glass and of course the cat being around makes me chuckle!!

  9. mereteveian says:

    I’ve done selfportrait for a while, – and you are so right about documentary.
    After a while you get to know yourself begger (I did :-)

  10. Oh My God.. isnt Smilly the cutest?!
    I just love how she shares with you all ur ideas and becomes your MODEL :)

  11. maria says:

    fotot med smilla & spegeln & dig ?r helt underbart!

  12. Hannele says:

    Kul id?!
    Jag har ocks? f?rs?kt at n?gon bild genom spegel.
    (Speglar i tr?dg?rden kan vara r?tt? efektfulla, i m?rka h?rn och d?r tr?dg?rden “slutar”.)

  13. “Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.”

    This is just what I needed to hear today! Love your Mini Moopy!

  14. Snowbear says:

    These are a great series—in the magic mirror!
    You and your kitty is one of the best (top one)!

  15. Nilla says:

    Vilken fin spegel, katt, kofta och tjej!
    Ha det bra.

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