Last week I took a big gulp and deleted my Facebook and Instagram accounts. It was terrifying but I am happy to report it was the best thing I could have done. My only contact with people now are in person or by email or text, and I have found in-person people to be much more enjoyable than online people (unless they’re in a car). I’m reading stacks of books, listening to new podcasts, walking lots and hanging with friends.
This means that you are seeing a lot less updates on the project, but I’m no less busy. I’m currently working on “Justin” in a Crossfit gym, which is a new and fascinating challenge. I had to go big for this one to accommodate the weight rack and space, so it’s turned out to be a physical challenge for me with reaching, climbing and squatting, as it should be.
And finally, I had the opportunity to meet with a new portrait subject for I Am More: Massachusetts to address a subject that is on the forefront of our minds here in Gloucester. Over the weekend two more lives were lost to the opioid crisis in our city. It was a priority for me to include the subject of opioid addiction in the current series of 20 portraits, and with the help of Lahey Health Behavioral Services, I was able to meet with an individual who deals with this subject on a daily basis, and was willing to share his story with me. I’m grateful to him for taking this on, and I look forward to sharing his portrait with you in the coming months.
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