I was sure I would easily and quickly write this post. As I finished typing the heading, well what I think it should be, I stared at my blank page longer than I expected to say something.
… about me in a box exposing myself.
“Get yourself out there!” they say. “People need to know you on social media.” “Social media presence is needed.” “You need EXPOSURE!”
Unless referring to the amount of light you let in through your camera lens, if one looks up the word exposure in the dictionary it is quite negative.
Unfortunately, the cursive text above is true. As an artist you can create your best work or even your worst….but what will sell it is the perception of value. It should be worth sharing or saying the “I bought this”, “I own a ….” to have more value. The more likes and the more shares, it must be great work.
We all know this and play along with that or are fooled by it.
And yet there is the artist still needing to get up and do it again and again and keep doing it again and again. Exposing his or her thoughts, feelings, dreams and emotions in song, film, dance, theatre, paint or any other creative medium these souls have come up with. Regardless of the judgement and criticism it might receive. Or even worse…the silence…not even disapproval.
So, I decided to go along with the thought and at least be creative about it. I am going to say do share this, criticize this, love it or hate it, but just put it out there. I mean for this first shot I did literally go put myself in a box with one of my paintings and exposed myself.
I am going to let you fill in the blanks and dots about how and why I ended up with the below image. It is quite an experience running back and forth between your camera on self-timer in a shipping container yard. It is the first of a series I will be releasing of me exposing myself and my work. This one safe for social media and “according to community guidelines”.
More to come from my censored exposure series. Would love to hear your thoughts?!