Silver / 2012 / Portraiture / Self-Portrait

Becoming The Story

  • Photographer
    Giles Duley
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In 2011 I became a triple-amputee after stepping on a landmine whilst working in Afghanistan. When I was still in intensive care, I had an idea in my head of a photo I wanted to take - a self-portrait - I could see it so clearly. I wanted to take a portrait that didn't hide the reality of my injuries, but also didn't show me as a victim. When thinking about it I realized I wanted to photograph myself in the way I had photographed others. Quite literally I had become the story. This was the first time I took a photo following my incident. It was a huge moment in my recovery.