Solitary Confinement

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Please click the pic, this one’s better bigger. Like so many good things.

I’ve decided to go back to school, and I’m considering studying psychology. Specifically, I’d like to study the phenomenon of online social communities. I find it endlessly fascinating how much we share, and don’t share, with our online social circles. My ultimate goal is to write a book about this topic, including both my own experiences online and some psychological babble to back up my brilliant conclusions. My master’s degree in English might help with the writing part, but I’ll be starting over on the psychology part. I’m excited about these plans, but I’m no spring chicken. I’m going to be one of those old folks going back to school. I remember being in college and wondering about those ancient students and what could possibly make them want to go to college in their golden years. The world sure does look different through eyes that are 20 years older. Okay- maybe 25 years older. Shut up.

This photo came from thoughts of those plans. I’ve been thinking about how to visually represent the ideas of an online presence. I think that the phenomenon of being so exposed, and yet so closed off is possibly unique to the online world. And I learned a lot about my own online community when I shouted out for naked bodies to pose for me, and they landed on me within mere moments. I could shoot this shot three more times and not run out of people willing to pose for it.

The computer screen has long been described as a window to the world, and I do believe that’s accurate. But it’s so much more. I can’t even begin to fathom the role this window will have in our future lives, or how integrated we might be with them. By the time I get another degree to try to put words to my ideas, my ideas may be totally out of date. But I feel compelled to do this, and at the very least it’ll be an adventure. 

The following folks TPed to me with no clothes and no questions asked, and then patiently posed while I shot this photo. I cannot thank them enough- and not just for the posing. It was a show of community, and I needed that. 

Thanks to:

Marx Dudek

Ruby Velaystar

Teagan Avon

Imnotgoing Sideways

Addy Kotori

Shockwave Plasma

Tymmerie Thorne

Valena Vacano 

Isla Gealach

Frequency Picnic

Nedria Cyr

Charisma Jonesford

Theo Svenson

Isabelli Anatine

Faolan Wylder

Zenovia GossipGirl

Nylon Pinkney

Ewan Mureaux

Katya Valeska

Chance Raynier

Ulaa Coronet

Elle Couerblanc

River Stromfield

Alexi Bianco

Misha Selene

Lelu Anatine




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11 thoughts on “Solitary Confinement

  1. There is an AARP commercial that says “”Julia Child became a famous chef at 51; Picasso painted his most famous painting at 57… Not everyone peaks in their 20’s”. Makes me glad I went back to school at 47. If I can do it, you certainly can do it. Congratulations.

  2. I am truly honored to be a part of this. There were visions in my head after the posing occurred but nothing could compare to your final work. I am awed. Congratulations on the choice to return to school and may that adventure be a grand one!

  3. Reading your post makes me somehow to be proud of you , i just got that feeling . You try to stay true to yourself but also explore your imagination and maybe what i like more is the way how you treat people and talk about them , you are not self centred . Well after reading you .. it sure makes me want more from myself :)

  4. Oooooh, that’s a fascinating course of study. I love thinking about the hows and whys of why we do things; it has fun overlaps with sociology and anthropology, too, though of course they and psychology are of a piece.

  5. What a wonderful project! People don’t seem to understand that strong bond we form online is just as real as a bond they might form in “real life” but to me often times they have even been stronger.

    Good luck with school I am sure you will be amazing!!

  6. An awful lot of psychology involves the examination of perception. You’d do fine.

    Pep (is still waiting – after over a year – for his Coursera psychology course to get off the ground.)

  7. That is surely something I would study too, if I ever went back to school. As it is I just read Jung for my own amusement/ understanding.
    You’ll do well, but … you don’t need to go to school to write a great book.

  8. I would also like to study this. I have a masters in educational technology, and I am fascinated by the way we create identities online, and how those identities become part of us – or maybe were part of us all along. I hope that it goes well for you. I look forward to the book.

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