I’ve been worring about what images of myself to use online. Seeing Kevin’s ‘like’ to my last post has made up my mind – like him, I’m going to use a drawing of myself instead. Somehow this feels both more personal and less risky.
This seems strange: but I think it’s because my fears are about identity theft, about my image being used out of context, and I can’t really image that working with a drawing. Which also gives an interesting sidelight onto hand-work, onto what art does.
It’s also about values – here’s Esther Dyson in 1997:
there are commercial, social and political reasons for us to be voluntarily visible in the potentially murky world online. Disclosure is the foundation for open markets. It’s also a foundation for clean politics, whether on the Net or off. And finally, it’s a foundation for trust.
I decided not to use this image of me in the kitchen – although I like the Richter-like fuzziness….