Self Portrait: ‘From the Ashes’

For those of you that will remember last year I did a Self Portrait Challenge to take one self portrait every week. It was a lot of fun and was something I was able to do while traveling through Europe as well. Being inspired by a few self portraits I was commissioned to do recently, I have decided to restart this again invite you all to be involved! I have created a link up which will start every Saturday and end every Friday night. You can link up to old or new self portraits as long as they are a self portrait you took of yourself. So set your self timers and get your tripods ready and I look forward to seeing your creative spirit come alive on the weekends. The self portrait ‘From the Ashes’ was one of the test shots on one of the self portrait concepts I was working on last week. I really liked this one and decided I would save it for this challenge. While I usually would have gone with the black eye shadow, I used actual charred wood from our back garden. A bit of inspiration taking from my sons who showed up in the house with faces covered in black one day. I took this one right next to our dining room window to take use of the natural light. I think the reason I like it so much is it reminds me of the Afgan girl photographed for the cover of National Geographic. Maybe it is because we both have hazel eyes. If you have not heard about Sharbat Gula‘s story, I recommend that you check it out.

Self Portrait ‘From the Ashes’ by Bonnie Rose Photography © 2013 All Rights Reserved –


I try to do one every week and post on a Saturday. 

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I would love to see your photography!
A Compass Rose

  • Natasha

    As soon as I saw the photo I thought it looked exactly like the Afghan girl from National Geographic! This is a great shot and I love the charred wood instead of black eyeshadow – very cool! – Tasha xxx

  • Danielle Villano

    Very beautiful, striking portrait! Thanks for sharing!


  • Kahleel Hamilton

    wow, awesome work. I have been looking back at your self-portraits over the past year or so and am completely blown away.
    I am a budding photographer and hope that one day my craft will take shape and represent me as an individual the way yours does.

  • Rachel Murphree

    Ooh, I like this idea! Something to get creative with for Saturday posts is great. Also, this photo of you is stunning. Kudos to you for rubbing charred wood on your face for the photo; it really turned out well!
    – Rachel/ With Love, Rachel

  • Amanda

    You really have such striking eyes. They are mesmerizing!

  • Kelly S

    So shockingly beautiful and raw. Love it! (I think I was previously a no reply blogger. I checked it on google+ and I have a public email address now. or Anyway, I would love to here more of your stories about being an army brat and your life in Europe as a child. Lets chat sometime! Love your blog!!!

    • Kelly S

      HEAR more of your stories. Dang auto correct. Or dang typos, whichever one…

  • twobabyblue

    Definitely going to try to do this…what a great idea. Now if I can just get the little guy to nap long enough to get out my tripod…

  • Jade

    My gosh, Bonnie! I think I’ve said it before and I’ll say it over and over, but you are so darn talented and have an amazing eye. I love the emotion oozing out of this photo.

  • Amanda Grove

    Wow Bonnie! I love this picture. It’s so striking. And the detail is AMAZING! I’d like to know what lens you used for this. :)

    -Amanda | Living in Another Language

  • Jessica Lynn

    Whoa! That photo is STUNNING! And the fact that you took it yourself? Even more impressive!!

  • Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes}

    I love them and you look gorgeous!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Cathy Brown

    This picture is stunning! Your eyes are so striking :)


  • Lindsey Marie

    This is striking! Can’t wait to take part in this. Brilliant idea :)

  • Erika @

    Wow, what a stunning photo!! I’ve never seen a self-portrait quite like this one!


  • Amanda

    Your eyes are gorgeous in this picture. Wow.