My e-Portfolio is called Calypso’s Bifocals, and its “theme” is that Calypso (me) is a character who observes life through these magical lenses. The e-Portfolio is a series of Calypso’s encounters exposed in her written accounts and, BEST OF ALL, a look at all of these encounters through Calypso’s magical lenses.
Anyway, I considered adding a background image to my e-Portfolio’s Home page. Imagine this: a snapshot of only my eyes wearing the fake glasses. I imagined this might be absolutely perfect, an aesthetic treat for the reader that tells him (1.) the bifocals exist, and (2.) that I am the Calypso.
So I experimented with Photoshop. The whole thing began awkwardly as I searched for appropriate lighting in my apartment to take selfies. I tried first with my iPhone and then switched to PhotoBooth on my laptop. I am crouching in a window sill, trying desperately to capture my image in natural light. Meanwhile, I am squeezed between two dressers, a floor fan, and a double bed, and I do my best to adjust myself in ways that somehow make the background look plain.
I successfully captured the same photo of myself a few dozen times and then began the editing process. Using Photoshop, I turned myself black and white and did my best to crop out all but my eyes and the bifocals. I used retouching to fade the background, to disguise my cheek bones’ structure and make the bifocals the only clear shape in the photograph. When it wasn’t working all that well, I explored the Help tutorial. I also Googled some tips. I wanted the background to fade completely to white on its borders, but after an hour or so of fussing, I began to accept my lack of Photoshop talent.
Still, I added the picture to my e-Portfolio’s background and kept it for a few days. I thought about it a lot too and felt artsy and like a technologically advanced Millennial for those days. Thursday in class, though, we worked on our e-Portfolios, and I started to come back down to earth and realize my photo wasn’t that good. So I took it down, and it is no longer a piece of my e-Portfolio’s home page. In case it never returns to the portfolio’s final product, I’ve shared it here for all of your viewing pleasure.