Self-portraits are a very personal and powerful work, they evoke the artist’s capacity to look at himself and be either conscious or aspiring to an ideal he hasn’t accomplished yet but desires to achieve. A great deal of mediums can be used for a self-portrait, but the one that tends to be more powerful and raw is photography, even when manipulation comes into play, not in the composition, but on the image itself, there’s something more compelling about seeing the person’s own face or body. These incredible self-portraits shot in remote landscapes capture the essence of a young photographer’s wanderlust.
Elizabeth Gadd scouts out breath-taking locations and drops herself right in the middle of her amazing photographs. Her favorite photo is entitled Be Still, where she is stood in the middle of a foggy lake surrounded by mountains. Elizabeth said: “I remember it being one of the quietest, calmest experiences of my life. I set up the camera on the shore and then walked knee-deep into the cold water and stood still for several minutes. Every time the water stilled completely, I would move slightly to create ripples around me for the photos. The only other movement around was a small flock of geese quietly floating across the water in the distance. With everything so quiet and still, it felt almost as if that moment was frozen and I was suspended in time.”
As a result of being the subject of her own pictures, self-confessed introvert Elizabeth is often hundreds of meters away from her camera. She has to use the remote to continually take pictures, but because of the distance the weather and light often change throughout each shoot. Subsequently, each picture can take up to two hours to perfect before the conditions are just right.
Elizabeth said: “There’s a lot of running back and forth between the camera and where I want to be in the photo. I take a lot of test photos and making sure the scene is how I want it to be but I often find the whole process quite therapeutic. I’ve always loved nature but wanted to challenge myself to take self-portraits to expand my repertoire. I am continually awe-struck by nature and the landscapes both humble and inspire me endlessly. Hopefully the resulting images depict the feelings of nostalgia, wonder and peace that I regularly feel when I’m out in nature.”