Self Portrait Photography

12 Seconds

Through a fraction of time sliced into seconds, a portal is exposed and a lens looks beyond the self and inwards. This project, 12 seconds, began many years ago and will continue until the human condition is satisfied or disillusioned with its consequences. Yet time ticks on. In this unique exploration into self portraiture the artist explores her ability to express, curate, control and capture facets of herself leaving space for elements of serendipity. Exploring within such a small fraction of a lifetime allows us to focus and disregard simultaneously revealing what is hidden and flaunted, what was learned and what is new.

It is within limitations and restrictions that creativity thrives and it is in the smallest of moments we learn acutely who we are. Without the choice or the ‘time’, the seconds dissapearing from grasp; we see ourselves, we create ourselves, we hide ourselves or we show ourselves. What we see changes over time, and how we perceive in retrospect is often polluted by the knowledge and experience we gain after the fact.

Are we really anyone or anything or everything?

Within the inspiration and limitations of moments the Artist Anastasya Otkidach uses the 12 second timer of her Leica Camera to create scenes that can actually grab and take hold of a moment. In retrospect, viewing her work, we can analyse the intention, the experience the motivation and the simple humanity with the complex system of life sliced into its composite parts.


Embracing shadows. 12 sec in between
In "Embracing Shadows. 12 sec in between” Anastasiya Otkidach invites us to an inspiring, powerful, emotional journey. The scheme of this book transcends traditional boundaries - the structure is an amplifying reflection of the content statement. In the main part she embarks on a transformative trip, a captivating exploration of the energy within individuals, predominantly women. Through her lens, she weaves a tapestry of fairy tale vibes, where hidden insecurities converge with visible beauty, revealing a powerful narrative of self-acceptance. As the book unfolds, a personal odyssey unfolds - a testament to Anastasiya's own experiences. We're all getting through a challenging and multifaceted process of transformation. For women it’s difficult to accept that your body and your face is changing and that you're going through different stages, physically and emotionally. Nobody can run from this, but if you work with this you can see the beauty of it. For the artist the project is a healing part. With her self portraits she fearlessly delves into her own vulnerabilities, shining a light on the challenges faced by women. Through her photographs, she portrays the rawness of ageing, the fluidity of emotions, and the intricate stages of personal evolution. It is a voyage we can all relate to, traversing the physical, mental, and emotional realms.
Don't be afraid to look inside yourself
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