Self portrait

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Day 2 – visual diary by Theo Stanley @theo_stanley Terminal light. Self portrait. It’s annoying how the word selfie has muddied the amazing history of self portrait work in photography. Self portraits can be documents of age and time and place, but also can be more conceptual interior views, searching for equivalents in images that open up in reading and pose more questions than answers. I use myself as I am always available to myself, and obsessively watch and study light as fleeting phenomenon. I started a hashtag #terminallight for this idea of ‘last light’ as well as #theostanleyself for this exploration of self (not selfie damn it all) through photography.

Breaking images

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Day 2 – visual diary by Theo Stanley @theo_stanley Nyc. Breaking images. Tools both help and get in the way by offering possibility with a set of restrictions. I enjoy finding the edges of the technology, and experimenting with ways to get it to offer up techniques that it was not exactly designed to do, in both production and post production. This image was captured in camera, abstracting nyc architecture. #breakingimages is a hashtag I created for some of these experiments.

Stare

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Day 1 – visual diary by Theo Stanley @theo_stanleyThis image kept staring at me during a meeting, and persisted until the meeting wrapped and I was able to capture it. One of the worst feelings for me is not following up on these compulsions and not being in a situation to make the photograph. As the image remains burned in my mind, i might need to draw or paint it to get it out so I can move on.

Fance

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Day 1 – visual diary by Theo @theo_stanleyAir gap. NYC is a city that changes its face day by day… some days it conspires against you, and the next it lifts you up. Another it is expansive and dynamic, and then it turns into claustrophobia, conflict, and a human experiment in sharing space. As an idea I am excited by spaces between things, seems to speak volumes. Not that this image is the best example of that, but it is an observation that continues to be relevant for me. This and other narrative moments about NYC I have been collecting at #nycnarrative

Cut

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Good day all, my name is Theo Stanley @theo_stanley , and I’ll be sharing visual diary fragments from my POV this week, unfolding moments from life and observations via New York City and the many directions she points to.I am starting with something intimate to tell you a little about myself. #theostanleyself