// Abbie is a self taught photographer from Madison, WI. She began her journey in photography as a sort of therapy and soon found her fit in self portraiture. In addition to creating her own art, she has been earning a living as a portrait photographer since 2020. We present a set of her self-portraits.
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing—and keeping the unknown always beyond you.”
What draws you to art?
“Art is stepping into a world of profound possibility, and I am forever dropping my jaw in awe of the boundlessness of human creativity. It’s connection and clarity from my innermost to the far reaches of humanity. Smirk, twitch, question or inspiration, it’s always giving me something. It moves me and keeps me moving. It’s the stride that feels most right, so I run with it.”
What do you like best about self portraiture?
“Self portraiture walks me into the world. It allows me to be seen in a way that’s authentically me by letting me speak my truth though image. The home I’ve found in that has given me a way of communicating with the world.”
When Abbie picked up a camera at the tail end of 2017 she was working on pulling herself out of a deep depression. She started taking her new found friend for walks in the woods, which helped to mend her, but left her hungry. So she found her way into some creative challenges and before long was shuffling her first steps down the self portraiture path.
“I’ve been learning and growing and giving myself up to it ever since. I hope to never stop learning and growing and giving myself up to it and I’m stoked to see where that takes me,” she says. “Self portraiture is a kind of therapy to me, a processing of myself, so to speak. My portraits are a reflection of the negotiation between my light and my dark. They are pieces of my narration.”
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ALL PHOTOS © ABBIE BRIGGS
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