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Self-portrait happenstance in urban photography

This journal entry delves into the intriguing interplay between my urban photography and the inadvertent emergence of my own portrait. Upon studying contact sheets from recent outings, I was struck by the recurrent, almost serendipitous, presence of my reflection within the frames. Interesting, self portrait happenstance!

In the following selection of images, my silhouette morphs into a shadowy accomplice, a reflective ghost, and a mysterious cipher. Some of these self-portraits are captured entirely by chance. Whereas, in other frames I’ve deliberately weaved  my presence into the narrative tapestry.

See if you can spot the happenstance versus the deliberate inclusion of my frame within the frame. A fun exercise in close looking.

If I’ve whet your appetite and you’d like to see more urban photography this link will give you a good selection of imagery to explore.

Images created at the following businesses: The Beach Furniture, Enclave – Brisbane Real Estate Agency & the Mirror Gallery Brisbane.


Selfie reflection in a home decor sop window on Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
Self portrait at the Mirror Gallery Brisbane.
Hiding behind the curtain, a reflective ghost self portrait.
Black and white self portrait happenstance example.
Enclave showroom self portrait 48 Skyring Terrace.
Self portrait reflection from The Beach Furniture shop front window.

Artist: Tahnia Roberts ©2023
Category: Urban life photography
Style: Black and white photography
Subject: Self portrait
Medium: Digital, photo, black and white
Artist country: Australia

Tahnia Roberts

Author Tahnia Roberts

Tahnia is a visual storyteller who uses photography to explore, investigate and document her surroundings. An avid collector of found objects which frequently become still life compositions. Black and white photography is her preferred medium. Born and raised in New Zealand, she currently resides in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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