While doing my accounts at the weekend and rooting around in boxes for old bank statements, I got sidetracked (as you do) and stumbled across a set of black and white negatives without a contact sheet. They turned out to be a series of self-portraits I took in 1983 (I know it was 1983, because it says so on the Unemployment Benefit Attendance Card in the bottom right hand corner) and never printed up.
I vaguely recall not liking the lighting – the bright white object I’m using as a table is a photographic lightbox. Anyhow – dead flowers, black balloons, bottle of Tequila, brimming ashtray, nude playing-cards and a small but strategically-placed mirror? I think we can safely conclude I was trying very hard to appear decadent.
The rubber cord wrapped around my arm isn’t drug-related, by the way; it’s my extra-long cable release, which enabled me to press the shutter from a distance. One of the most tiresome things about digital cameras is there’s no way of using cable releases with them (or at least not with the ones I have). In order to take self-portraits nowadays you have to use the self-timer, which invariably takes you by surprise even though you’re expecting it, or ask someone else to press the shutter, which just isn’t the same.
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