Touching Self-portraits Document the Psychological Journey of Grieving Death

After losing her fiancé in a helicopter crash in 2012, Sarah Treanor quit her job as a graphic designer to pursue a deeply emotional exploration of grief through photography. The creative endeavor is symbolic of her psychological experience in process and in imagery, and captures the essence of the dark, peaceful, and disorienting journey of mourning. The heart-wrenching feeling the images evoke is universally familiar and carefully dissects the most difficult aspect of the human experience – death.

Swirled Self Portraits by Nikos Gyfaktis

5 Nikos Gyftakis

Using oil pastels on canvas, Greek artist Nikos Gyfaktis has created a unique series of colorful, swirling self-portraits. Contorting his face by pulling and pushing with his fingers, the up-close dizzying style looks photo-realistic from a far. Aside from his signature swirly style, Gyfakis curates art exhibitions, teaches Painting and Costume/Fashion Design in public and private institutions, and has created stage-settings and paintings for several movies and theatrical shows.

19 year old expressive photographer Jared Tyler


It’s intense. It’s emotional. It’s real. Well, it’s not entirely real due to some digital manipulation, but teenager Jared Tyler from the state of Michigan creates some images that exude some powerful feelings.

No Photoshop, Upside Down Timed Selfies Send a Message

1 Caulton Morris

What may look like the planking of 2013 is actually one photographer’s message to the world. Since we get enough digital retouching in our daily doses of media, Caulton Morris prefers not to use it in his work as a symbol of his detestation of the fashion industry. As the majority of his photos in the series Upside are self-taken using the ten second timer on his camera, he has found increasingly creative places to do a headstand and capture it just before he falls.

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Self-Portraits Show Artist’s Descent Into Alzheimer’s

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 1995, artist William Mutermohlen set out to document himself slipping away through a series of self-portraits. The project spanned 8 years and shows the decline of his motor and perceptual skills as well as the emotional aspects associated with losing his reality. Mutermohlen’s project has helped psychologists to better understand this disease that affects over 1 in 8 elderly Americans and all of those who knew and loved them.

Looking Sad in the Bathtub is Super Chic

Looking sad and distraught is not a new fad — people have been sad on the internet for years — it’s just become increasingly apparent with the advent of popular micro-blogging sites like Tumblr. These are the places where lonely teenagers (and people in their 20s) turn to document their lives in online journals, then share it with the millions of users around the world. Whether people are desperately alone in the harsh climates of Siberia, sharing a fleeting moment of self doubt in the crowded, insaneness of Manhattan, or staring out their window into the endless suburbs of Chicago; looking sad has always had an artistic quality.

Tutti Frutti: A Tasty Self-Portrait Collection

Cristina Otera combines her obsession for fruit with her imaginative photography, creating this tasty collection. The 16-year-old artist from Cádiz, Spain started experimenting with photoshop only two years ago and by combining that with some very creative makeup skills, she has been submitting amazingly vibrant photos on Deviant Art ever since. Cristina has established quite the following through her online portfolio and — with this she can answer anyones questions via video chat. It is inspiring to see talented young artists coming out of the woodwork!

Human Chameleon Self-Portraits

Like a peppered moth on a tree or a grasshopper in a field, camouflage evolved early on to protect certain creatures from their predators. Humans have adopted this method of blending in for military and hunting gear and now Peruvian photographer Cecilia Paredes is using it to create beautiful self portraits.

Self-Portraits Everyday Since 1999!

Jeff Harris decided one day in 1999 to do a photo a day, long before the trend began. Jeff had a normal job working in an office environment, but his self-portraits depict him doing wild adventurous activities… activities he probably wouldn’t have done if he hadn’t embarked on taking a picture of himself every single day.

Through his photographic journey, Jeff has taken 4,748 photos and is still going. He has an amazing story to tell with his photos and his five minute video below will share the tale with you. Enjoy.