I hope you’re well and enjoying the season so far. Lots has changed for selfPortrait since we last posted and, as I’m in the midst of editing issue 1, I thought it fitting to update our readers on our progress and transformation.
I founded selfPortrait to share the dazzling work of self-portrait photographers across the globe, which we began doing in January this year, through online features. My ultimate goal at this point was to set up a print and digital magazine which could be purchased by our readers on the website, while also running the selfPortrait Foundation, which published useful how-to and thought pieces on improving/developing one’s self-portraiture.
What I’ve come to realise, though, is that commercialising this magazine doesn’t sit comfortably with me. As a self-portrait artist myself, especially when I was younger, all I wanted was some direction and to feel part of a community, and to shut those who can’t afford a magazine out of the pinnacle of what we’re creating feels wrong.
So, issue 1 will be available to read and download for free on the website this August.
We will soon be inviting artists to contribute their own how-to and thought columns for the Foundation, with a view to selfPortrait becoming a special non-profit which inspires and supports those interested in self-portrait photography – no matter where they are in the world, no matter what their means.
I’ve been experimenting with my own work this month, as I’ve finally had a little time off work and can see the wood for the trees creatively. Above is a glimpse, and you can find more on my work and background at katherineapril.com. At some point soon I plan to share a thought piece myself, hence introducing my work at this important juncture.