In the age of the selfie, a truly well-crafted self-portrait can make us take pause. Courtney Emery's images are intriguing and multifaceted creations that draw the viewer in and offer a very interesting look at her identity.
I first came across Emery's work while perusing a friend's Instagram. I saw a striking portrait of him, followed the photo credit, and before I knew it, I had happened upon a treasure trove of creativity and individuality. A self-taught photographer based in Northeast Ohio, Emery notes that she's currently "engrossed in producing unique self-portraits that play with the identity of a person."
She also notes that most of her work is produced through the use of "colors, additive post-production textures, thrift store bargains, and lack of sleep." I found it particularly fascinating and inspiring that her images are not produced on top-level glass; she notes that she actually prefers her current setup, which consists of a Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 and EF 50mm f/1.8, paired with a Canon 70D and recently acquired 5D Mark III. It's a great reminder that at the end of the day, creativity and ingenuity trump gear.
All images used with permission of Courtney Emery.