Not all photographs start in the mind, but in my opinion in most self – portraits , yes,” confesses Josefina Andrés, professional fashion photographer , in a conversation in which she gives us practical advice to improve our selfies in a few days in which we cannot leave the house . This initial statement hides a reality that connects both with a generation and with the current moment: and that is that the self-portraits that we publish on social networks have been, for a long time, another visual way of expressing our identity and mental state . Platforms like Instagram We have been shown the creative possibilities of this gesture, usually read as egomaniacal , and its evolution as a non-verbal communication format in itself over time and the evolution of the forms and protocols of 2.0 relationships.
“As a photographer I use the self-portrait to try to define myself and understand who and how I am as a physical entity,” explains Andrés, one of the photographers who regularly signs editorial images. “ One never observes himself as he observes the other , because the other will always be a complete image in three dimensions and one will never be able to contemplate himself like that. When you look in the mirror and look at a photograph, the result is always different. Photography usually reveals what the brain is silent in the mirror. Because of its sincerity and its possibilities, taking photos of ourselves at a time like this, where emotions sometimes make us lose our bodies, can be an almost healing act ”. How to make make selfies.
Because we want to continue getting to know each other and share through photography, and because we want to improve, learn about the possibilities and do it more and more consciously, we ask Josefina Andrés for tips, techniques and advice that she herself applies in her day-to-day life at home. and from which we have much to learn.