OK, so I've got the engine running again. I am finally making new work and getting back into some kind of rhythm again after a months of spinning my wheels. I have not yet digested what is behind the new work, but I am sure there are fatherhood/manhood/hero/shadow-self ideas and metaphors bumping around in there somewhere. Self-portraiture as performance, performance as investigation, all that.
-this is the last image of this series that i will be posting. The original series was a bit longer, but I feel this is a good end point for now.
I revisited this work from about 10 years ago in an effort to try to 're-experience' what it was like to create the work. I am in the midst of working on a new body of work and am experimenting with ways of re-starting my creative engine. As of this week I am shooting again and am mildly excited by the results. I will keep you posted on the results of this process. (beware, there are a few other series of work i will be revisiting)
Any techniques or thoughts on recovering from creative block or on jump starting a new body of work would be welcomed. I could try them myself and/or share them with my fine art black and white class at NESOP. By for now. S
"I wobbled and wiped the cold sweat of nausea off my forehead and felt the back of my head. It was soft and pulpy, like a bruised peach. When I touched it I could feel the pain clear down to my ankles. I could feel every pain I ever felt since the first time I got kicked in the rear in grade school.
This image is one of many I have taken of Matthew Bauer.
The photograph is one of many in a continuing series
where Mr. Bauer represents my 'shadow self'. Using an
alter ego to represent my self allows a great amount
of representation of situations that are best described
as a dream world and also allow me to work through a
darker side of my self I do not desire to or am not willing
to act out in reality.