Half as Bad Ass
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inspired by a man ray self portrait circa 1943 I believe.
It took me 6 months and change to grow out the beard as you see on the left.
it was quite an emotional experience shaving it off.
and at this present moment... I feel about half as bad ass as i use to feel i was.
give me a week and i might be feeling better about it.
part of a 10 part series of images for my final project titled "Who Am I?"
PUBLISHED! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! This means so much to me.
PUBLISHED CAPTION :
"When I did a project using self-portraits, I was
attempting to give myself a safe outlet to experiment
with new identities. I was in an interesting place in my
life during this time. I felt lost in the idea of identity—
who I was supposed to be and who I was being. This is
the last picture of that series and is inspired by a Man
Ray self-portrait taken in 1943. It is the closing image
because I believed that shaving off the beard signified
a return to my normal face and normal identity.
Growing the beard for 6 months distracted me from
looking myself in the face completely. When the day
came to remove it, the idea seemed very empowering.
But once I took that first swipe, I didn’t feel happy
or empowered; I almost felt like I was uncovering
problems I had ignored.
At the time of this project, I was the only guy within
a few miles who had a decent beard, so everyone
would stare at me and want to touch it. When I shaved,
it was as if I gave all that attention away, and I felt half
as badass. Luckily, a month or so later I realized that
the beard was actually holding me back and that I’m
just badass in general."
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