AUCTION: Self-portrait by photographer Stacy Kranitz

“Me and my pretend boyfriend #2” by Stacy Kranitz

Photojournalist and Arthur contributor Stacy Kranitz writes:

I have been included in a self-portrait auction: “Face and Figure: A Curated Auction of Self-Portraits,” presented by Daniel Cooney Fine Art & iGavel Auction.

This self-portrait was made while working on a series of images, “The Lurkers” at a dystopian compound in southern Ohio. In the images I fetishize youthful abandon. The project illustrates the photographer’s longing for a lost youth. I use the camera to turn disturbing, vulgar and excessive events into desired activities.

The image, “Me and my pretend boyfriend #2”, reveals part of the process by which I came to get my images. I interact and immerse myself in the activities of the kids that surround me. I do the drugs they hand me and mimic their behavior with a longing to fit in. The self-portrait is evidence of this attempt. It also serves as a nod to the “The Ohio Project” by Nikki S. Lee.

The auction for this image goes thru October 27.

Go here to bid: bid.igavelauctions.com

Stacy Kranitz: http://stacykranitz.com/

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was, amongst other things, a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print publications and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I wrote a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

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