Hello. 24th September and number 266 in the ongoing 365 image mega series. Bleh.

Self portrait taken tonight at home.

I feel like crap. I very nearly didn’t bother today. My wife feels like crap, my daughter feels like crap. My son is as chipper as anything…

Black and white conversion with levels and contrast adjustment and a high pass filter layer at three pixels. Placed onto a texture layer and partially erased. Some dodging. PS7 used.

Canon EOS 20D / Canon USM 28mm-105mm lens.

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Shameless Self-Promotion 25/09/2011
*GRUNGE IT UP (with texture layers)* 25/09/2011
THE GROUP 27/09/2011
Gallery of Pain 23/10/2011


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I’ve been taking photographs since 1997 and I still love it. After a brief dislike of photomanipulation I now use Photoshop extensively on a majority of my work. People are my favourite subject and I’m always on the look out for new models, so drop me a line if you’re interested! :)

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  • Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchellalmost 3 years ago

    This is outstanding, James!!! I can actually FEEL the anguish from this photo! Gladly accepted into Inside the Self Portrait. Sorry you are feeling like crap – but this photo is incredible.

  • Thank you. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • Rima Dadenji
    Rima Dadenjialmost 3 years ago

    Sorry you and your wife and your daughter feel like crap, i blame it on the planets, the photo is incredibly astounding and sublime. It’s like the face was born/carved from the stone.

  • Thanks:)

    – SquarePeg

  • SexyEyes69
    SexyEyes69almost 3 years ago

    excellent work Jamie! x

  • Thank you, Sarah. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • Jan Pudney
    Jan Pudneyalmost 3 years ago

    Chin up James – it can only get better!

  • Cheers, Jan! It did. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwualmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...almost 3 years ago

    Very very well done!!!

  • Thank you, Diane. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • billyboy
    billyboyalmost 3 years ago

    Wow James, this one’s really awesome!
    Hope the everyone’s feeling better tomorrow… though sometimes you just gotta love the crap if it inspires takes like this :-)

  • Very true, Billy. But I don’t want to feel like that again soon, that’s for sure. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • WeeZie
    WeeZiealmost 3 years ago

    Great image and I can almost feel your pain. Hope everyone feels better soon. Wonderful job on this in spite of your feeling like crap!!!

  • Thanks. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • Citizen
    Citizenalmost 3 years ago

    Whether you didnt bother or not the feeling like crap really works well on this! ;)

  • Thanks, Nikki. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensalmost 3 years ago

    Your wonderful image has been accepted by
    All In, Editing group

    frank66, linmarie & Sheila

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