Before selfies there were self portraits, which throws us back to our nomadic days on Tumblr as we recollect perfectly our early encounters with a photographer who works under the pseudonyms “Teff The Don” and/or “The Expressionist”.
Dousing ourselves in everything from her style which exudes a blend of masculinity with a soft, feminine finish to her adroitness in the art of self portraiture, we’ve been enthralled for over three years. Reblogging portrait after portrait till “mandatory visits to her blog” somehow clawed its way into our routines.
She began developing her skills as a photographer 9 years after her family migrated to the U.S, and is motivated simply by the overwhelming desire to create transcend into everything she does. “The Expressionist” is what she calls herself, in order to capture the range of media she uses to express her creativity.
Caption: when you wake up at 7 o’clock in the morning and the Sun is pouring into your living room just right, it’s either you iron your clothes, or risk losing your light. Guess which will take precedence? Haha!
Caption: In this particular shot, I am looking at my mum! She caught her “little princess” (don’t you dare laugh) in the kitchen at 7 AM taking photos. She was up, doing laundry and walked by the kitchen and caught me in the act. After a while, she dropped the basket she had in-hand, stood by the doorway with arms folded and watched in admiration. (Probably ‘cause the dress I’m wearing was hers back in the 90’s and I snagged it from her wardrobe. (((:)
I tried to maintain a straight face, but her glare was so intense, I broke. I looked over to her and I just melted.
I don’t think these words do justice to what was encapsulated in that moment, and how significant it is to me.
She once said that
Your work is the most direct reflection of who you are as an Artist; the Art does not belong to you, you belong to it. In other words, as much as you are not in a photograph, it is very much a portrait of character. The same can be said for any medium of Art of expression; it is natural to leaves traces of your Being in all that you create.
And we agree.