Jan 20 2012

#265 Less is More (20)

From K. in Evanston, Illinois


“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

~ Anatole France


Dec 12 2011

#226 “Masks”

From Carole in Paris, France

This illustration from the talented Ms. Carole all the way from Paris opens the door for a wide variety of discussions related to the wearing of masks, both in a literal and figurative sense, and the ways in which we all seek to hide our true selves under various external facades. However, when I look at this picture, all I can think of is one particular incident that happened a little while back…

I’ll just dive right in. I have a bit of a confession to make. Not too long ago, I posted the photograph below which served as the cover of the annual “State of the Arts” issue for the Chattanooga Pulse, a weekly alternative news magazine in my hometown. Without expressly stating it, I implied that I was the individual who was pictured on the cover of the magazine wearing the wolf mask. In reality this is not the case. Here is the real story: A few months ago another Chattanooga native contacted me because he had seen my local attempts at advertising and was interesting in writing an article about my project for a graduate school class that he was taking. Being excited about the possibility of gaining more exposure for my project, I excitedly obliged and engaged in a series of Q&A emails to help the interviewer construct his article.

Shortly after this, I was contacted by a prominent member of the Pulse staff who asked me if I would like to be featured on the cover of the publication along with some of the other individuals which the issue was focusing on. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take off work to be a part of the photo shoot, and (long story short) I sent a friend of mine in my stead. So, in the end, the individual on the cover the Chattanooga Pulse is not me; he’s just a friend of mine.

It wasn’t until just recently that I discovered some of the interesting ramifications of having someone else stand in for me during the photo shoot. You see, several weeks ago an old friend of mine randomly happened to become a fan of WBS on facebook. I wondered if she knew that I was the propagator of the project, but since she didn’t contact me, I ultimately assumed that she did not. Finally, I decided to “out” myself to her. To my surprise, when I told her that I was the man behind the wolves, she said that she and her friends had been so curious about my identity that they began searching through all of their friends on facebook in an effort to match a particular body type with that of the masked man on the cover of the Pulse. Interestingly enough, they never connected any dots…

Before I go, I have to offer a sincere thanks to Carole for this unique and creative illustration. It marks the first picture to arrive in the post office box from France, and as such it will always hold a special place in my heart.