Self-Portrait, 1983. This was a period where I went out at night in suits from the '40s. I went everywhere with my trusty Nikon, almost never without it. This was on my way into one of the est Seminars I used to partake in. (With all due respect to James Joyce whose autobiography's title I cribbed for this post.)
I really don't remember those glasses or that mustache, I really don't! I'm not sure why I have so many wrinkles on my neck either. I was 140-142 lbs then. If I got 'up' to 145 I stopped eating for a few days, lol. In the early '90s, at my craziest New York City chic, I was down to 115-117 lbs and I'm 5'10". I'm about 165 lbs these days, probably not terrible in the big picture for a 53 year old, but I'm always trying to lose weight. By the late '80s I had switched to contact lenses. I still have contacts, bifocal contacts now (!) but I rarely wear them. I wear frameless glasses now which almost disappear from a few feet away.
There are VERY few photos of me at my current age. I experiment with self portraits still, but they're not for public consumption until I need one for the About the Author page in my book...
These photos are scanned from contact sheets, hence the less-than-stellar quality. I never bothered to print 90% of the photos I shot, and today it's almost impossible to find anyone that prints from negatives anymore. The last time I called around and found someone that could print negatives, they wanted $10 PER PRINT (normal size) and a $30 service charge per order. I didn't even bother to ask what an 8x10 would cost, which is the size I would have wanted. I had more than 200 negatives all ready to be printed, thinking it would cost maybe $50 at the most for all of them. I should really invest in a dark room and some chemicals! Some times I wish it was 1983 again just for the prices of services. . .
I've scanned almost 100 photos like this from contact sheets from this period—from winter snow storms, to the scooter my uncle committed suicide on, to strangers I met on the road, and will post them here from time to time. I haven't decided if I'll use them in any of my art yet.