This selection represents the 3 different approaches I have taken to self-portraiture since 1993, when I started photographing seriously.
The first set (1993 – 2000) consists of experiments with movement, timed exposures, and various other methods of distortion during the exposure.
The second set (2002 – 2005) shows a series of life-casts of myself, made with the help of a friend. I photographed these using a 4x5 studio camera. The negatives were printed by over-exposing the photographic paper then reducing the developed image in a solution of potassium permanganate and sulphuric acid.
The photos in the third set (2007 - 2009) were made using a cheap point-and-press pocket-camera, photographing, in a variety of locations and settings, my reflection in a mirror held before me.
Although there are, I'm sure, complex and buried factors that lead one to make self-portraits my primary reasons for pointing the camera at myself are as follows:
The model is always available,
The model is as motivated as the photographer,
The model knows exactly what is required of him/her,
The model works for free,
The model gets tired, and wants to stop, at exactly the same moment as the photographer does,
The model isn't offended by an unflattering photograph, or by the photographer treating their image harshly or cruelly,
The model is the most puzzling, intriguing and mysterious person in the world... at least as far as the photographer is concerned.
All these photographs were taken on black and white film and were printed using silver-based darkroom techniques.
Until recently based in West Yorkshire, Julian Flynn now lives in the Languedoc region of France. He works exclusively in black and white and shoots on film. He has exhibited in both England and France. Julian likes to explore overlooked places and photograph neglected subjects. He has learnt photography by looking at the works of Atget, Cartier-Bresson, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lee Friedlander, Sally Mann and many others.