“This is not about having your picture taken…that’s not the deal.” – james lescene

“Søren Kierkegaard… feared that the advent of the camera would create one single portrait of us all, obliterating the treasure of our differences. Hayward being a worldly flâneur would seem to take issue with the eminent Dane.” – Richard Merkin, Vanity Fair


In these portraits of the collaborative self, all of the text and markings derive from the unexpected truths of self that surface in play and conversation between myself and the subject.  All of the words and constructions in paint and or paper are created by the subject. It’s all their art and their heart. Given enough paint, paper and permission, there’s no telling where we might end up.  – bill hayward



“the human bible” is about reclaiming possibility and the authority of the imagination – the creative process

“the human bible”  is honoring that which makes us human…imagination



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