The other day I tweeted: “What no one notices is the photography, what everyone sees is the photography.” What I’m referring to is that my photography is integral to my work. The masks are sculptures themselves and receive most of the glory but “my art” happens when the mask and photography collide. The whole reason I started making the masks was to achieve a surrealilsm in my photos without the use of Photoshop – check out Sandy Skoglund if you want to see an example of my inspiration. The fact of the matter is with an audience of more than 125k, most folks will never see one of my masks in person. Many of them are whisked off to the collector just days after they’re photographed. SO without the photography the artwork would not spread as it does.
I say all that because it’s clear just how far the photography has progressed, these have been remastered a bit but there’s only so much I can do with some of these early photos. And that’s exactly why daily creative practices are essential… the only difference between an amateur and a professional in any field is how much work you put in, how many hours you’ve spent in the trenches.
The Puma Post Up Gas Mask originally released during MASK365 on February 5th, 2011.