While reading Ibarionex Perello's "Making Photographs" I really honed in on chapter about gesture. In addition to the elements Perello outlines - Light and Shadow, Line and Shape, Color and Gesture - it's gesture that I find most effective and elusive when photographing subjects who are aware they are being recorded.
I decided to add a few more photos to the "Headless" set I shot back in October for my "Art Dies in Comfort" post. I was in a very different place then but I found it cathartic to be able to express myself through my chosen medium.
Photography is often (for me) an observational experience whereupon I make decisions about the subject in front of me and how they reflect on myself. I don't enjoy making art about myself because it genuinely hurts. Looking inward can really suck sometimes but when I steer into my discomfort, share it, and see the response it really makes me happy.