Former Leicester Mercury Photographer Dedicates Third Lockdown to Daily Self-Portrait Series

Updated: Apr 17, 2021

We’re still in the third Lockdown, and it’s difficult not to go a little bit stir-crazy with very little to do and having to wait a whole week for a new episode of WandaVision to come out.

Many photographers are trying to push themselves to do a weekly photo challenge with 52 Frames or have completely given up on trying to snap some creative shots for the time being. Meanwhile, former Leicester Mercury photographer Mike Sewell has decided to dedicate Lockdown number three to a self-portrait series.

Using either his iPhone 11 or his Nikon D5 to capture the photos, Mike started his project on January 5 2021 - the same day the UK went into the third Lockdown.

“To keep creative, I have given myself the photographic challenge of taking a self-portrait every day during Lockdown three and posting it on social media,” Mike told the Leicester Mercury.

“I thought that if I can’t go out photographing people I’d make myself the model instead!”

Partly for his sanity, Mike says he looks forward to his daily photoshoot and getting creative with his ideas.

“The project has been incredibly helpful for my own mental wellbeing as it’s given me a creative outlet and provided me something to concentrate on away from the chaos of Covid.”

If he is using his iPhone, Mike uses a Bluetooth remote trigger to capture his daily self-portrait. When he takes the image with his Nikon, he uses a set timer function to take a few frames at two/three-second intervals, allowing him to change pose.

“Most of the portraits are taken with available light, either from the sun during the day or room lights and lamps in the evening.

“Some of the pictures, however, have been illuminated with Pixapro studio lights using a range of modifiers.”

Mike has three lenses that he has used throughout this project: Tokina Opera 16-28mm f2.8, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8, and Nikon 70-200mm f2.8.

Mike, who now works as a Warwickshire-based freelance commercial photographer can be found on Instagram and Twitter as @mikeysewell.

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