Monday 30 August 2010

The Self-portrait of Sunil Azariah

I noted in my previous blog that I would post a reproduction of the Self-portrait that Sunil Azariah made at his Auckland home, probably early in 1979. The original transparency has not yet been traced so I have included a scan that his mother has provided from the vintage cibachrome print.

Interior based self-portraits were not common in our photographic history until the innovation of compact 35mm cameras during the late 1970s. Cameras like the Olympus Mju and the Polaroid SX70 altered the prevalence of self-portraits.

I was wondering how to account for the image's appearance since I have not been able to study the original transparency. I think that Sunil is likely to have been using Kodachrome, which was a daylight transparency emulsion. It is a slow daylight film so is almost always used outdoors with natural light. I think that the light on the right is supplied by a incandescent lamp, whereas the blue light at left is from a gel-covered spotlight.

Also, I think the camera is mounted on a tripod at a raking angle and that a cable release has been used for the shutter. If anyone knows more can they please contact me?

Sunil Azaraia was born in November 1957 and he passed away suddenly in August 1979.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I was at school with Sunil in TeKuiti, shortly after he and his family had arrived from the UK,nearly 50 years ago... . A great mate and it was with great Sadness that I had learned of his demise in 1979. To read that he had a talent for photography doesn't surprise me, he was an extremely bright guy who had a wild imagination. He also had the greatest collection of thunderbirds toys I have even seen LOL!.
His Mum and sisters were lovely people who I remember as being very much a lovoing family. One day i would love to be able to see some of his photographs.
Ron Bunting 25/2/15 Brisbane ,Queensland.