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Photographer & Performance Artist: Lilly McElroy

Posted by Matt on January 24th, 2008 filed in Photo Inspiration, Photographers, Taking Photos

Today, rather than offer pointers on how to use your camera, we’re going to try and give you some inspiration for what to do with your camera.

I Throw Myself at Men #6 - by Lilly McElroy

Lilly McElroy (  is a performance artist and photographer who takes lo-fi photos of herself ‘mis-interpreting’ things. In her latest sequence, from which the image above comes, we see her literally ‘throwing herself at men in bars’, as a nearby friend takes the photo for her. Now before you start to run down to the nearest bar and throw yourself at people, she did get agreement from the men involved before she jumped – something that you might want to consider.

McElroy’s photos are playful and whimsical, and often very personal – such as the photo book she made ‘with’ her mother. Her site is well worth spending some time with.  In there you can find inspiration for your own performance photos, as well as ways to involve your friends to come out to play with their cameras at the same time. McElroy’s photos also show us that you don’t have to spend hours adjusting and fiddling to make a perfect image. Sometimes you can just use the camera to capture an interesting moment, whether random or constructed, and digital cameras are especially well suited for experimenting in this manner.

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