Sexing up machines or machining up sex?

Sexing up machines or machining up sex?
Honey Thief by I Guyjin.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

'Image' - A face to the World.

Recently I have been publishing my books with CreateSpace/Amazon to make hardcopies available at an affordable price and had to consider which author photograph to place on the rear of the covers. This got me to thinking about the images of ourselves we show the world. Last year I read a book 'A Face to the World' by Laura Cumming which dealt with how artists have portrayed themselves in self portraits over the centuries and why they choose particular images to do so.
This is not a vanity trip but the only person I have more than a few images of, all taken within the last ten years, is me, so I have to go with them. Also, I don't have to ask for permission to put them up.

This particular image is the one I chose for the back of the books being published now - but why? What am I saying by using this photo? Below is a selection of photos, all taken within the last ten years, any of which I could have chosen for an author photo. In fact, two of them have graced the back of earlier publications.

Clean shaven shots.

So. Clean shaven is exposing a whole face to the world and keeping nothing back as far as features go. Some people, however, like to maintain partial anonymity and hide behind beards or extravagant makeup which changes an appearance considerably. 

Bearded shots, a few with sunglasses which hide the eyes. Take a moment to look at all of the above images. Some could almost be different people but I assure you they are not.
In a way, posting many images like this is a form of exposure, which I find difficult as I am a somewhat private person. All of us present an image to the world on a daily basis. Some people use the same image their whole lives while others change regularly. 
Which are you?

Finally, although the top picture appears a little bland, it was cropped from one of me astride a Harley.

This picture presents a very different image from that of the face alone and perceptions and impressions will vary quite a bit from those formed by looking at just the face. 
Images, images, images.
What is real?

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