Each year at my birthday party I ask all the guests to pose for a series of portraits.
Then I take all those portraits and put them together, grouped by the similar faces.
Every year we always do a “smiling” and “plain” then select two new ones.
Smiling - Plain - Just Ate Bad Food - Boss Mode
Smiling - Plain - Got a Secret - Cubs Just Won the World Series
Smiling - Plain - Just ate Delicious Food - Just Woke Up
Smiling - Plain - Scroogey - Spirit Animal*
*In 2014 I chose to do a “Spirit Animal” pose, not understanding that similar to cultural-based costumes like sombreros, using that pose for entertainment is a form of appropriation from certain Native American cultures. Although my intent was fun, it is the impact of acts like these, not the intent, that can raise concerns. Although we can’t change the past, I am omitting that picture to recognize we can learn from our mistakes and work towards a more inclusive future.