Bunny Yeager was a pin-up model and a contemporary of Bettie Page, but she was also a photographer who captured her fellow glamour model.
Working from both sides of the profession was helpful and that eye of hers contributed to many of Page’s most iconic images.
The photographer who snapped my picture for Hamilton magazine was a beauty queen and model before becoming a photographer herself. By sheer coincidence, we went to the same middle school and were in the same homeroom class, but as there were three different grades in each homeroom class (6,7, and 8), we weren’t in the same grade or classes; so we knew each other, but hadn’t seen each other after the year was over.
I usually don’t like being photographed, but she did a stellar job of capturing me as I am.
She used natural light in that magazine. I have had my photo taken professionally over the years, but the way she did her job was unique — and it was her experience from the other side of the equation that did it.
There is a balance that is a subtle representation of that era of my life — the boxer’s muscle, the prim and proper punkiness, and, of course, the computer.
The nuances of details — the comic book vibe, the jewelry, the perkiness, the black turtleneck (out of the several tops I was asked to bring — it was the one she picked) — it is all in there.
And that is not as easy to capture as it looks — all without being busy or cluttered.
Which itself reflects me: a Trompe-l'œil minimalist.
I was extremely impressed with the subtextual complexity.
But that was her genius, not mine. I was no control freak and had no expectations coming in. No overt or subtle hints from me.
But that’s what happens when you study something from both sides of the equation: no one has to tell you anything: it becomes one with the very stuff of your soul.
And you don’t need to fake anything: you’re merged inside the core because you are acting inside of it and know its every grain.
Journalists always had to fake it. They vogue and have to spin a big, melodramatic narrative. And one that never aligns with reality.
Because they have no idea what this whole objectivity is about. They think it is being around the edges because it is a bad thing to be in the core.
But that’s the atom of reality. Objectivity does not mean you don’t immerse yourself or move in the very eye of the storm.
Because Left and Right is the huge red flag that you are voguing at the edge.
You are not in the atom of reality.
The Radical Centre.
When you are an Actrivist, on the other hand, you have to act, and that means you are always moving around exploring everything.
You want to get into the heart of the thing that you are studying. You are walking among the subjects and environment you are studying, but also in its core.
You are in the eye of the storm because you do not want to waste your steps. You want to understand the deepest truths — so you go right in to the core to see what is the heart of the reality to find its Truths.
Once you understand the core — the real reasons why reality is in its current state — no one can lie to you by trying to push you away from the core and toward the façade — the edge.
Left and Right are misdirections.
Both sides will try to sell you lie that they are different with one being superior to the other.
And they will point to the content, which is another misdirection.
I can tell you I believe in saving bunnies, but if I shove them in cages in the dark, then my words are meaningless.
It is the structure of my actions and methods that are important.
What are the motives, strategies — and stratagems?
That’s what you need to find out.
Journalists vogue for the public, telling them they are the guardians of the universe and all that jazz.
If you don’t know what they are doing, you will take them at their word.
If you are walking in the core of that profession, you can square the words with the behaviours.
And then you don’t have to be dependent on anyone’s word.
You have the actions. You have the results.
You have the structure to see if it contradicts the honeyed content.
But when a profession keeps the cores of what they are covering at arm’s length, you start questioning why are they so afraid of it.
Because they fear their own core — or lack thereof.
Actrivism is the way of conduct research to become one with the core. By the time you are done, if becomes part of you.
And you develop a feel and see the feints, ruses, and rigs used to keep other’s at arm’s length.
But by then, you see the misdirection of voguing and know precisely where to look and how…