In this unusual self portrait, I defined the figure and broke up the "frame" around the image by extending content through to the edge. I also darkened some areas, especially in the upper background, to create greater contrast and drama. I found that in order to restore the white of the fish skeleton, I had to grind it out with a dremel and decided to keep some of it open to give a greater sense of dimension.
I incorporated the figure into this piece: images taken from old family photos of relatives from my Armenian side. The fact that the partial self-portrait on the lower right happens to look angry is purely incidental. I also enhanced some of the color and lowered the value scale at some key points.