Self Portraits + Vivan Maier

A couple weekends ago I came home to Monterey from my original home at my parent’s house in the SF Bay Area. I brought home a brown Trader Joe’s bag care package and nestled among clothes left at home from previous visits and fruit I found an article  my Mom had stuck in there about Vivian Maier. I had heard about her here and there but this article educated me on who she was and what her story is. After being so intrigued by everything I read I quickly grabbed my laptop and went to her website and stayed there for a couple hours. And I have been thinking abut her and her work ever since. There are many qualities about Vivian Maier that struck me, but two in particular stick out.

One being, she didn’t share her work, she had thousands of film rolls that hadn’t even been developed when she died. She took photographs not for other people but for herself-she had a deep passion for documenting.

Second, she has a few self portraits that I was in awe of. It is always a pleasant surprise to me to see the person behind the photographs.

She inspired me to post one of  my self portraits taken last year in SF, and I have to say when I took this photo I didn’t have the intention of sharing it with the world. My husband Adam says my self portrait is a little scary…I  can see why, my choice of facial expression does not bring a happy feel ;-)

If you don’t know Vivian’s story, I encourage to look into it here.

Vivian ArticleSelf Portrait



2 responses

  1. I love Vivian’s work! I felt very connected to her story and as a nanny/photographer! I often wonder if she is rolling in her grave over the idea of her work being shown or if she is happy she was found via her work? I have a feeling she was very private and would not have wanted this..


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