Fine art photographer Hannah Cepe strives to create stories with her photographs. Cepe is 21-years-old and based in Manila, Philippines. Her self-portraits are dramatic and surreal. Despite hating to be in front of the camera, she finds self-acceptance and strength through her self-portraits.

Along with posting her work “The Self-Portrait Diaries: Flaws and Sunrays,” Cepe said this:

” I adore self-portraits. Not because I like taking pictures of myself. In fact, I hate being in front of the camera. Especially if it’s not me taking the photo. I hate it. I don’t know. Maybe fear. But I adore self-portraits because somewhere beneath the 10sec run, I can be myself. It is during self-portraits that I begin to understand my subjects. It is during self-portraits that I begin to establish connections. It is during self-portraits that I begin to accept my flaws. That exposing myself to the boundaries of my potential can be a weakness transforming into my greatest strength. It is a reminder. The moment I forget how to produce photographs that matter, I go back to taking self-portraits. It reminds me of who I am. My vision. My passion. And who i am as a storyteller.” 

Her own shyness is displayed with her reluctance to be in front of the camera. The sunrays piercing the photos also highlight Cepe in her beautifully done photographs.

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