Sunday, April 27, 2008
Two Things Challenge: Self / Portrait
This week's challenge was Self / Portrait. This being Washington, home of ubiquitous and obsequious acronyms, I jokingly googled "self" to see what would come up. Believe it or not, there is actually a trade association in this town called SELF--Solar Electric Light Fund. Being a smartass, I was going to go downtown, take a picture of SELF's building and post it as my interpretation, but I figured I'd get voted off the island if I did. Then I thought about taking a picture of an energy saving light bulb, but same thing. Smartass = voted off island. Plus, a low energy light bulb isn't the same as a solar electric light, so I nixed that.
Instead, I give you a picture of myself taken with my MacBook's Photo Booth software and then rendered in the style of Andy Warhol. Ergo, Self. Can I stay on the island?
For Portrait, I chose this glicee of my great-grandfather, Daniel Harvey. He emigrated to the United States from Great Britain in the mid-1800s as a little boy. Along with his parents, he crossed the American plains in a covered wagon en route to Utah. Once they arrived in the territory, his family settled in Kaysville, just north of Salt Lake City. This painting of my great-grandfather was painted by LeConte Stewart and hangs in City Hall in Kaysville. Great-grandpa Harvey was the postal carrier in Kaysville and this painting depicts my great-grandfather in the horse-drawn wagon he drove to deliver the mail in his community.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 4/08