I hate looking at myself in pictures. I really do.
I don't really know the reason why but I imagine it's complicated. These days I am older and wider that I used to be (no, that's not a typo) and I could easily put that down as the reason. But when I was younger and considerably less wide, I still hated seeing myself in pictures. I think the most likely answer is that nearly all of us hate looking at ourselves in pictures - our own mental image of ourselves does not match the truth which the camera displays... I think that's probably it.
Anyway, I've become pretty damn good at avoiding getting into pictures. One of my top tips is to always bring a camera with you to whatever event you're attending. Then, when the picture-taking starts, you can be in the crowd taking them rather then in the crowd being taken. It works a treat.
This week, though, was different. This week there was nowhere to hide...
The Budget is coming and still-more savage cuts will need to be made. If, however, the Arts are targeted as being some kind of soft touch for cuts, it will be disastrous. Not just for the people who work in the Arts, not just for the people who most enjoy the Arts but for our country - which earns much from its deserved international reputation for excellence in the Arts.
So, anyway, my great pals in The Linenhall Arts Centre decided to create a very short video to launch on YouTube as part of County Mayo's contribution to The National Campaign for the Arts 'National Day of Action' which was held on Friday last. I helped a bit with the writing of the thing and wouldn't say no when I was asked to say a line or two for the video
So here's the video:
Oh, before that, you might well ask, if he hates looking at himself so very much, why is he now plastering his mug all over his own blog?
Well... The Arts are important...
... more important that my desire to hide.