November 13, 2006

Self-Portrait: Anti-Glam

The beautiful people, the beautiful people
It’s all relative to the size of your steeple
You can’t see the forest for the trees
You can’t smell
Your own shit on your knees
Hey you, what do you see?
Something beautiful, something free?


For week two of this month’s Glam Self-Portrait Challenge, my original plan was to create an Anti-Glam photo ala Marilyn Manson. I really respect Manson as an artist who forces people to re-examine cultural symbols: the church, beauty, gender roles, good, evil, you name the icon and Manson is tweaking, morphing, and recreating it in an original innovative fashion. I am not a huge of fan of his music, although I do like most of his songs that I have heard, but rather, I love the fact that he is constantly challenging people’s idea of what they think art is, and what is or isn’t dirty or obscene. He has an innate ability to push buttons and make people feel uncomfortable. I like that in an artist. Furthermore, he is articulate, intelligent, and down to earth when he is not in character. I have known for years that he has written a book, but I have never actually read it. After this little homage to the man, I may finally read it.

After searching for some images of Manson on the Internet, I was surprised to realize that he is actually quite beautiful. I was looking for some nasty animal-like image of him defiling our society’s concepts of beauty, and while I did find a few images of that type, I found more images of him as an androgynous, alien-like geisha, with delicate and futuristic features captivating me image after image. I guess I just feel better knowing that people like Manson exist. Something has to balance out people like John Ashcroft and Bill O’Reily right?

I don’t have much else to say this week. No story. I hope that my photo will do the talking. What started off being my Anti-Glam image has been, with the help of Marilyn Manson, transformed into my homage to Clan of the Cave Bear, meets Bjork, meets Manson, meets a mime, meets me. I hope this photo conveys the sense of freedom and pleasure one derives from covering oneself with make up on a Sunday afternoon in the name of doing something a bit weird because that is what human beings are here to do. Thank you Marilyn Manson for reminding me that no matter how routine or practical our lives may sometimes appear to be, there has to be room for things like this:

17 comments:

  1. athena4:10 PM

    ooh what an interesting shot!

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  2. athena4:57 PM

    oh yeah, i hate o'reily.

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  3. This portrait is alive...look at your eyes! I am truly impressed here--I think you've managed to hit your initial inspiration and then some.
    --D.--

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  4. My neighborhood must be the Goth world's capital.

    The local McDonald's was called in McPunk's.

    Glam vs Goth, is more than music choice.

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  5. This is fabulous...always so creative with your choices for each week's SPC. I have secretly been a fan of Marilyn Manson as well...i listen to his music now and then when I feel likeI need to scream out at the top of my lungs, and there is something very artistic and unqique about his macabre style

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  6. I like what you've done. Glam is so open. It can mean so many things.

    LC

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  7. cool :) very good portrait, anti-gam as you call it!

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  8. This interpretation - this portrait - is a fascinating and creative take on the challenge. Excellent!

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  9. hands down my favorite shot of yours... so amazing! Simply put, I love what you've said.

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  10. Oooh, love the eyes!

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  11. Brilliant photo. And the poem is perfect.

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  12. great angle bz. both on the theme and the photo!

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  13. LOVE IT! One of the things I've always loved about glamour is that unlike "beauty" it's self-created. You generate the colours, the lines, the shapes, the mood. You turn yourself into a work of art - and you have with this one! Bravo!

    And "in the name of doing something a bit weird because that is what human beings are here to do" - cheers to that, my friend!

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  14. love what you said about people doing weird things. Amazing photo, spooky popping eyes. Compelling.

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  15. wow! that is all I can say!

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  16. Wicked photo - my fave so far.

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