Sailing OnThis was my first self portrait in Aug. 2015 during Sharon McKeeman's Art of the Unexpected. That summer I felt very much that with my youngest being 7 and quite independent that I was ready to move on to new things beyond basic needs parenting. As I went to set it up I knew that I wanted a lot to signify many of the things I was taking with me from my parenting experiences. I took one of the programs from the kids' string recitals and folded it into a boat. I stood Bresson's giant photo book "The Deciscive" moment behind the boat and open to a quote that I really liked: “It is true, too, that a certain identity is manifest in all the portraits taken by one photographer. The photographer is searching for identity of his sitter, and also trying to fulfill an expression of himself. The true portrait emphasizes neither the suave nor the grotesque, but reflects the personality.”Using a tripod and the timer on my camera I took a picture of myself stepping out of a box. I then layered that photo on in photoshop and added a shadow.