Photographing self-portraits is often the first assignment students will find themselves facing in art school. From my personal experience, it was a remarkably dreadful assignment as many of us find ourselves wanting to photograph all the beautiful things in the world such as nature, other people, but it is not often that one is fascinated with the idea of photographing oneself, as if it is something that lacks beauty and confidence. However, Mortiz Aust fancies creating self-portraits (he is only 16 years old!), wonderful ones as well I must say. Perhaps it is due to the very nature that when photographing ourselves, we have very little control over the camera when we have total control over our bodies. It is (it was for me) indeed an inverse of power and control in comparison to other conventional photoshoots.
Whether it is trying to get the timer right on the shutter so that there is just enough time to set yourself into position while not too long for your pose to rigidly freeze, or getting tired running back and forth to check each shot, a self-portrait is surely the first step towards being a photographer, not only in understanding how to photograph, but also in understanding yourself.
To see more of Mortiz Aust’s work: Website