A year of self #24 – Crash Test Dummy

It occurred to me that if I am going to be able to create any self-portraits with me out in the middle of, say, a field, or a great distance from the camera, I was going to have to figure out a way to make sure the shot was in focus. Short of always standing near a tree or a wall or some other such item, and not wanting to have to (a) count on that, and (b) knowing that I’m not always going to want to pose next to something, I was going to need something to substitute for me.  In the past, I’ve tried using a light stand, but that didn’t always work, especially when working with relatively shallow depth of field. I needed something I could adjust height-wise and would have contrasting areas to make it easy to focus.  I bought a $5.00 foam head from Michael’s,  drew in the eyes with a blue Sharpie, added a bit of lip gloss, stuck the head on a light stand, and voila! My stand in!

She needs a name though, don’t you think? Carisimile?


  1. I have to say you find very imaginative way to picture yourself day after day. I am not sure how you are going to do 365 of those but I am sure you will succeed.


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