"AutoWorks" is a collection of self-portraits by Abby Robinson. The photos, taken over her career as a photographer, provide audiences with some intimate perspectives.
The photographs are usually spur-of-the-moment decisions, Robinson said. Few are planned.
Early photographs in the collection were staged. But in all the photos, Robinson used a self-timer or held the camera herself. "My particular rule is that I have to hit the shutter," she said.
Robinson wants audiences to construct a story around the details, whether there are few or many.
While she takes many photographs, not all make the final collection. Robinson often debates what personal details she wants to share. "There are plenty that I don't print," she said.
The collection is not a documentary on aging, she said. That is why they are displayed out of order.
When audiences are allowed to create their own storylines, she says, they can find humor in the photographs.
Because she is the main subject, there is no excuse for Robinson not to work on her collection. "I'm handy and I don't have to deal with getting models," she said.
Robinson said some audiences have been shocked by the intimate perspective the collection offers. She said she presents what she sees.
Robinson says self-portraits allow her to capture how she is feeling in a particular moment.
The photographer said she wants to make people interested in seemingly ordinary things.
"You don't have to know me to appreciate the pictures," she said.
"AutoWorks" remains an ongoing project. Robinson juggles the work as she participates in other projects and exhibits.