21 years (part 2)

The second part of "thing" (2000-2004)

I realised with a shock a few months ago that I've been obsessively documenting my self image for just over twenty years now. I wanted to move on from this but it took me a while to work out how. I previously wrote about this intention here and here.

Basically I decided to make a piece of work that will contain just about every single decent image of me taken or created in just over two decades, all in chronological order, whether made by me of by others, including photographs, graphics, art, illustration, whatever. There will be loads of unposted work in there.

I guess, for me it's a form of aversion therapy. I'm trying to overload on images of myself so I can wipe my slate clean and make a new, more creative start next year. Once I'm done no one (including me) will ever want to see another photo or video or picture of me again and I will feel free to move my creative practice onto other things.

I have a lot more to say about "thing", my motivation(s), the "year of the selfie" and why I'm stopping taking photos of myself, but I will post those thoughts after the final part of "thing", which will probably leak into 2015 at this rate.

WARNING. this segment is very NSFW. Lots of sexual imagery and full frontal nudity. Please avoid if you are underage or sensitive.

Credits for this segment (2000-4):

All images by me except:

Some images could not have attribution traced. Mists of time etc. Sorry if you were the creator.

Song: 'The Mass of Men Do Lead Lives Of Quiet Desperation' by Electric Shocks (lyrics by Dan Hardy, music by me). Recorded 2004, at Bark Studio by Brian O'Shaughnessy and Electric Shocks. Unreleased.

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