The Shooting Gallery Portraits

October 28, 2010

Every year since 1936 Ria van Dijk  has taken her self portrait in a unique way — she goes to a fair shooting gallery booth -  one where every time you hit the target it triggers a camera shutter and you win a portrait of yourself in firing pose.   I love self portraiture, especially when thoughtful done.  See them all here.  Found via The Year in Pictures.  I love the emerald green of the shirt next to Ria and the bright lipstick on the young lady behind her.  So much vitality in a snapshot.

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leslie October 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm

LOVE this. It’s perfect that she’s shooting a gun, not trying to look posed and pretty.

tate October 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm

thats freakin’ awesome!

Ellen October 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm

AND….I love the bored look on the fella runnin’ the booth…..smiles….

alex October 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm

It’s so nice to see a portrait thats not a kissey face in the mirror. I love when portraits show who you are, not the best construction of your facial features. thanks for sharing.

Catie C November 3, 2010 at 9:14 am

Abbey, I’ve been looking in on your site for a couple of months now and increasingly grow to enjoy what I find, especially as your taste virtually mirrors my own. I was astonished at your link to the austerity promotes more vintage piece from the London Daily Telegraph, something I too bookmarked to keep. Your room features, details, etc are always so beautifully photographed but when I stumbled upon your self-portrait item today I couldn’t help thinking again “wow, that’s me” for I’m avid self-portrait taker too. Your blog is a joy. CC

Lisa Michelle November 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm

She looks like one tough cookie!! So awesome.

Londen December 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm

i thought this was very interesting! just found your fab blog.
oh, and i love the orange nails!

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