If you are familiar with this website, or me, you’ll know that I am a data junkie. I love stats, statistics, metadata, and pretty much any other metric that will allow me to qualify and quantify everything around me. This is part of the reason I started using Fourquare, as a way to track the amount of travel I typically undertake. Before now though, I had to tally all that data myself to get any use out of it. Now though, Foursquare has introduced Time Machine as a way to calculate and display all that wonderful information.

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BoChallenge Words: Legs on Flickr.

BoChallenge Bi-Monthly Words & Photos: 1 – Legs

I’ve always trusted my legs to take me where I need to go and, for good reason, they always have. It’s probably by virtue of being my primary means of locomotion, but they’ve done a pretty good job so far. I’ve walked through nearly every major city in the United States and many elsewhere. They’ve climbed me up mountains, hiked me through forests, swam me in oceans, guided me across deserts, and generally powered my explorations of this world. They’ve kicked, jumped, powered, danced, ran, marched… my explorations of this world, my wandering, my adventures, have been on these legs.

…and I’m not sure I trust them anymore. They’ve stopped taking me where I think I need to be. To their credit, it could be my thinking that’s off, but I feel like I’ve come to the end of my road. It’s not that a lack of a road has ever stopped me, but I just don’t know where the next step is and without it, these legs aren’t doing me much good.

“You’ll have to decide for yourself. Walk on your own. Move forward. You’ve got a good strong pair of legs. You should get up and use them.” – Edward Elric

One of the reasons I love self portraits is that I can experiment with all different kinds of post processing techniques and not have to worry about the images being perfect. This image was a focus error (eyes are out of focus), so I used it to practice applying landscape/travel retouching techniques on skin. Occasionally I use my landscape Black & White filters to highlight skin imperfections when I retouch.

My usual post processing is not particularly flattering for skin, which is usually why I avoid photographing models. I love hard details (part of my travel photography style) and desaturated contrast (personal preference), so applying these styles on myself is good practice, since I have photographically difficult/annoying features to retouch, like deep pores, scars, and stubble.

Self Portrait: Brooklyn 2012 on Flickr.

In the time since I shot my last self portrait, May 1, 2012, I’ve traveled almost 20,000 miles through 26 states. I currently find myself back in NYC, seriously debating getting off the road for a while, and wondering if I can call this city home again.