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Weekly Photo Challenge: Self-Portrait

Along the Monongahela River by late afternoon light and at night on the way home from the Waterfront in Homestead. Two of my favorite  views, anytime of day or night!

I had the cardboard “me” in the car already.  We make people out of brown corrugated boxes. I always make myself as a model for the students, this year with gray yarn hair!

Some of you know I teach Art in the City K-8th grade.  Not too many people get to make themselves out of scrap cardboard at their job.  The “Flat Ruthie” (have you ever seen Flat Stanley?-I photographed him for granddaughter Anna’s school project) was driving around with me cause I was thinking it might make a fun Christmas card, myself and the skyline or something.

In 2009 I was in a self-portrait show at Silver Eye Center of Photography.  I can’t tell you how many images I shot of myself in my kitchen, trying to look young and thin.  Figured I could achieve both effects with myself as a cardboard puppet. No wrinkles on the smooth cardboard.

Along Beechwood Boulevard looking to Homestead

46 responses

  1. Great interpretation for this week theme very creative :)

    December 17, 2011 at 12:08 am

  2. brilliant, creative and funny …yes you do look young and thin!

    December 17, 2011 at 12:13 am

  3. Love this! Love your job! :)

    December 17, 2011 at 12:20 am

  4. Now that’s a wonderful and fun time!!! Miss my children’s paper cut outs!!!

    December 17, 2011 at 3:37 am

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  6. you, day and: NIGHT!!
    greetings by



    December 17, 2011 at 4:54 am

  7. Toni

    O.M.G. — that’s great!! Love it!

    December 17, 2011 at 6:46 am

  8. Vincie

    Very clever interpretation of the weekly challenge!

    December 17, 2011 at 7:31 am

  9. Lara

    Nobody does the job like you! I miss the little cardboard self portraits. You look great!

    December 17, 2011 at 7:49 am

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  11. Cj

    I can not believe you have a day and night view. This is hillarious, creative and great. I can only imagine people driving past you seeing the TWO of you in the front seats of your car. Thank you for this joyful image this morning.

    December 17, 2011 at 8:18 am

  12. I want a Flat Laura!

    December 17, 2011 at 8:40 am

  13. Gail Radley

    Look out Flat Stanley – you should write a book!

    December 17, 2011 at 9:09 am

  14. Shuey

    Beautiful by day, but by night (with the hair over the eye casting a shadow thing go’in on) . . . sexy Ruthie comes out!

    December 17, 2011 at 9:50 am

  15. Matty

    You should definitely write a book. Or at least a poem? Entitled “Cardboard Me”

    December 17, 2011 at 9:51 am

  16. That first pose looks a bit painful but you do look fetching in the night light.

    December 17, 2011 at 9:59 am

  17. Nora

    I love the idea too. I think I will start on Flat Nora for Phil”s Christmas present.

    December 17, 2011 at 10:19 am

  18. Joyce

    What creativity. I bet the students love to go to art class! And to think you even incorporated a reading theme into it…love it! Is Flat Ruthie traveling any where like Flat Stanley?

    December 17, 2011 at 11:16 am

    • Maybe I can mail Flat Ruthie to you and you can photograph me visiting the mountain view??
      thanks for the nice Christmas card.

      December 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm

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  20. Kristin

    I love it!

    December 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

  21. this is hilarious – and brilliant!
    it reminds me of ‘Flat Stanley’, a school project of the daughter of one of my co-workers who was asked to send a small cut-out, named Flat Stanley, to a friend or relative in another country, and have pictures taken of him. As I was just about to go on a trip to Germany, I took him along, and he appears in many unique places. That was before I had a digital camera, so none I can post online. But such fun.
    You could do a series with this from time to time. In the winter, next to a snowman, or in the car, or in the playground on a swing, or in grocery store, or….
    Anyhow, I really enjoyed this post. thanks for sharing!

    December 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

    • Someone asked where I would like to be mailed to. I just might do it and have people photograph “me” visiting.
      What do you think?
      Thanks for the nice comment. That was a fun post.

      December 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

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  23. WOW. This is great, so creative how you interputed the challenge. Love following your posts.

    December 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm

  24. Really creative :)

    December 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

  25. You’re so… two-dimensional. Seriously, this is quite a fun post.

    December 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

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  27. Love the spin you put on the theme.

    December 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm

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  29. Wow, you look great.

    December 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm

  30. I love your take on this challenge! SO fun. :)

    December 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm

  31. thirdhandart

    Very creative entry! Love “Flat Ruthie’s” camera!

    December 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm

  32. Erica Wells

    Terrific! It’s equally good finding this at the end of the day! Love the photo backgrounds, too! XOXOXO

    December 17, 2011 at 11:16 pm

  33. As teacher, I think I recall Flat Stanley… didn’t he get mailed off somewhere? Where would you like to be mailed to;)

    December 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    • Great idea, about mailing me. I think I would like to be shipped to your kitchen!!

      December 18, 2011 at 11:44 pm

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  36. Love your interpretation.

    December 18, 2011 at 5:39 am

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  38. Funny all over the place :) Thank you for sharing your photos with us.
    Greetings from Switzerland,
    – Pierre

    December 19, 2011 at 8:22 am

  39. Great idea. Great pictures.
    I love the humour and inventiveness.
    “I had the cardboard “me” in the car already.” :)

    December 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

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  41. Cheryl

    Love it!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

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  43. Very creative interpretation for this challenge!

    December 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

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