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By pure coincidence I have taken “self-portraits” using a traffic mirror each of the last three years. I can’t help but be drawn to the huge, rounded view of their surroundings that the concave mirrors provide. They are like fixed, fish-eye windows onto the world. I have not really meant to use them as a venue for self-portraits but the angle of view they produce makes it hard to keep yourself out of the shot, so why fight it?
It may be a bit of an exercise in vanity. But, I like how photos in mirrors seem to place you in two different dimensions; the reflection and the background where the mirror is hung. These shots are not going to change the world, but taking this sort of self-portrait feels more like putting a pin in a map than a more traditional sort of shot.
Here is this fixed, wide view of the world and here is me in it.
Have a great weekend.
The other shots are below.