A year of self portraits and other art by Brendon Burton
April 26, 2013 7:36 PM   Subscribe

Brendon Burton is now an 18-year-old photographer, who started taking/making a self portrait (almost) each day last April. In the beginning, they started out as simple photos from a young kid in high school. But as the year progressed, some images came with a soundtrack, others were collaborations. The photos became more staged and more cinematic. The series ended April 11th.

He has more work on his website and his Facebook page, some of which is also on his Tumblr, along with other images he finds inspirational.
posted by filthy light thief (11 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Via a comment by ericb when the series was far from done, on a post that I found indirectly from Ambrosia Voyeur.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:39 PM on April 26, 2013

Nice photos, he has a lot of talent.
posted by carter at 8:18 PM on April 26, 2013

This is remarkable. I completed a 365 project, so I have an idea of the discipline it takes. It impresses me that Burton stuck with a theme throughout the year and that his work got better and more complex.
posted by cribcage at 9:37 PM on April 26, 2013

I have much admiration for him and I like his project. It took discipline, dedication and a lot of courage to reveal so much of himself. I'm glad that, in doing so, he discovered he is in fact an artist. Looking through all those shots was a bit like watching him grow through his senior year. I loved that he stretched himself and that he took advantage of the incredibly beautiful landscapes available to him. There was adolescent angst, to be sure, and some genuine existential questioning but there was also much charm in his meticulous naming of the flowers and trees in the beautiful "In Bloom:" series. I enjoyed the playful "King of River Stones" and thought the "Duke of Ferns" showed a real affinity for plants. I even get the idea he might be properly appreciating his privileged life. I hope he finds a good program with teachers who will challenge him. He's obviously bright and he is a beautiful boy. I love this post and hope he fulfills some of the wonderful promise shown here.

Thank you, filthy light thief, for this glimpse into the next generation.
posted by Anitanola at 10:06 PM on April 26, 2013 [3 favorites]

Just finished looking through every picture and reading every description. Incredibly beautiful phtography, but even more that, a novelistic look at the maturation of a young man much like myself. Thanks for the wonderful link.
posted by Starmie at 11:11 PM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

That is some talent. It was a sheer pleasure going through the gallery, looking at every single one of his pictures - some of these are absolutely amazing. He has clearly found his passion, and I can't wait to see where it will take him.
posted by harujion at 5:13 AM on April 27, 2013 [1 favorite]

I remember this but I hadn't kept following him. Thanks for putting this post together, filthy light thief.

I miss ericb.
posted by homunculus at 11:48 AM on April 27, 2013

Another young photographer who recently caught my attention:

Young Photographer Takes Surreal Self-Portraits to Cope with Depression
posted by homunculus at 11:49 AM on April 27, 2013 [1 favorite]

I even get the idea he might be properly appreciating his privileged life.

So loaded. So, so, so loaded. Your statement, I mean.
posted by victory_laser at 9:51 PM on April 27, 2013

It took me a while to go through this with my wicked slow DSL, but very cool and inspiring. Sort of creeps up on you. And what Anitanola said, spot on. Thanks!
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 2:41 PM on April 28, 2013

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