Sara (Michael) and Self Portrait | 2004
This is certainly an odd choice for a self portrait, but there is a good story behind this. At the time that I took this photo, I owned an intimate catering company, and I was cooking for all of the rich and famous in Los Angeles. I lived a modest life because I invested all of my income on my art supplies. On the night that I was taking this portrait of Michael, a tranny hooker friend of mine, the telephone rang. It was Patricia Arquette. She was a friend and client of mine at the time, and she needed to book me for a dinner party for her and her husband Thomas Jane. I booked the details as I shot this set with Michael. Unbeknownst to her (as she was on the other line) I was in the presence of a streetwalker. Similarly, because Michael was deaf, he couldn't hear who I was on the phone with. So the two worlds collided with me in the middle.
The photograph above was taken exactly when I was being greeted by Patricia on the other line.
It was at that moment that I realized what a special place I had in Los Angeles. I had a unique passport that allowed me to ride the line between all of the many layers that make up the wonder that is Los Angeles.
And therefore I consider this a meaningful self portrait.