October 1, 2014
I have been meaning to post or at least figure out how I wanted to reveal this artwork to the world for at least a year. The idea came to me upon pondering where I currently was in my artist expression. It had been quite some time since I had done any of my “own” performance based photography/video art and I was unsure of my current visions. In the past I would conceive of an idea or concept and then figure out a way to visually depict that via constructed scenes usually using myself as the subject if one was necessary for it was far easier for me to explain to myself what I wanted myself to add to the piece and how, and most of the time my ideas were not the most comfortable for most people to take on and allow me to shoot them. It was now July 2013, about 3 years since I had done any of my own art, when I realized that all of my views had changed. I was no longer on a mission to change or save the world after my recent realization that thinking that my views or ways are better than that of others and that others need to be exposed and implement my ways (in which I sincerely was on a mission of helping the human race for their benefit), that I was in effect playing god. Who is to say what lay beyond the doors of perception is right for everyone? Who is to say they need to open their eyes? If people are “happy” by their own means in their daily lives, why should I go and interrupt that? Why should I go push them through the doors of perception and thus make their lives more difficult for what I think is the better? I also at that time had a “I don’t give a fuck about anything” point of view, and thus no epiphany inspiring thoughts or ideas to crap on the world. I was learning to take care of myself first for the first time in my life realizing in effect I could be of benefit or help to others directly around me only if I was healthy, not sick, myself. So I said fuck it, let’s go get naked in random places. Let’s strap a camera to my car and hop out, strip, snap a few shots with a remote shutter while the car is still running, and hop back in Starsky and Hutch style and drive away. Perhaps pretty soon we could become extremely skilled at it. For example, hopping out behind a cop arresting someone they pulled over on the side of the road, take the pic, and be gone in a flash, so smooth and quick we are rarely barely seen. It was an ability that I could get on board with. I could see myself wanting, striving, practicing becoming a ghost of sorts, or Looney Tunes character disappearing behind a telephone pole. So Samantha decided she would take a go at it with me the same day I conjured up the idea, and off we went. We also allotted ourselves five minutes to grab a handful, what we could physically carry in one trip to the car along with the camera, tripod, etc., of props to be randomly used at the random locations at our own discretion. I made sure we did a few shots in a semi secluded area, just so we could practice getting in and out of the car, stripping, the allotted distance we had with the remote shutter, and jetting back into the car naked, clothes/props in hand. I also learned the, in that short test shot/shuffle, that I must position and focus the camera prior to jumping out of the car to the desired flashing location. Well folks, here’s what happened.