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Animated Graphite Self-Portrait by T.S. Abe 

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UK-based fashion illustrator and artist T.S. Abe created this fantastic animated self-portrait from a series 15 individual graphite drawings. Abe says this is the first in a series of moving portraits she intends to draw and also mentions this is her first foray into animation. You can follower her most recent work on Tumblr.

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In Her ‘Self-Portraits with Men & Women’ Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others 

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When meeting somebody for the first time, or maybe just viewing a portrait, the brain goes into overdrive for a few seconds to quickly form a first impression. Whether we like it or not, rapid assumptions are made based on age, gender, race, culture, physical appearance, the surrounding environment, and especially other people present—all things that help form who we are, real or perceived. Since 1999, Czech photographer Dita Pepe has explored this idea of identity and environment in two photographic series titled Self-Portraits with Men and Self-Portraits with Women, where the photographer seeks to completely assimilate into the lives of other people.

In the beginning, Pepe first posed with people she knew, but now works with people from all walks of life with vastly different backgrounds and family structures, often incorporating her own daughters into the portraits. Each photograph is shot on location where a family or person lives, or engages in their hobbies or daily life. Pepe goes to great length to appear as if she belongs in each portrait, a chameleonlike quality that some compare to the works of Cindy Sherman; however, unlike Sherman’s studio portraits, Pepe’s images appear more like hasty snapshots, bringing a strange level of believability and authenticity to each portrait.

Pepe most recently collaborated with writer Bara Baronova on a new book of photography titled Love Yourself, and you can see more portraits with both women and men on Feature Shoot and at Lens Culture.

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Dreamlike Conceptual Self-Portraits Fused with Dance by Kylli Sparre 

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Fine art photographer Kylli Sparre (previously) has continued to create her dance-inspired photographs, almost all of which depict the artist herself in various dreamlike states and situations. Working with outdoor landscapes, and bodies of water or ice, Sparre fuses years of formal ballet training with these dramatic and performative photographs. The artist has a show in Amsterdam next month at Qlickeditions, and you can follow her work more on Facebook.

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Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell 

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Using self-portrait photographs and watercolors, artist Aliza Razell has been exploring several abstract narratives by merging the two mediums in Photoshop. Her first series, Anesidora , involves the story of Pandora’s Jar (Pandora’s box was actually a jar, a detail misinterpreted in the 1400s), while the second is inspired by the Finnish word ikävä, meaning the feeling of missing someone or something. You can see much more of her work over on Flickr, and you might interested to know Razell is the older sister of young photographer Fiddle Oak, featured here last year.

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A New Book of Reflective Vivian Maier Self-Portraits 

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Self portrait by Vivian Maier courtesy powerHouse Books

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Self portrait by Vivian Maier courtesy powerHouse Books

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Self portrait by Vivian Maier courtesy powerHouse Books

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Self portrait by Vivian Maier courtesy powerHouse Books

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Self portrait by Vivian Maier courtesy powerHouse Books

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Published just last week Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits is a newly published collection of the mysterious Chicago photographer’s self-portraits. If you’re unfamiliar with Maier’s amazing story you can get caught up here. The book contains about 60 never-before-seen black-and-white and four-color self-portraits culled from the immense archive of photos assembled by the book’s editor John Maloof. This blogger is currently demonstrating massive self-restraint in not using Oxford Dictionaries word of the year. You’re welcome.

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