Movember SELFIE PROJECT
“READY SET MO”
What is Movember?
Movember is a global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health.
This is my contribution to build awareness and help this wonderful project. In the past years, I was lucky enough to see my father recovering from prostate cancer. Men too often are not really inclined to talk about private issues, and most of the times, these issues are not disappearing, but they are just getting bigger and bigger.
With my Movember self-portrait project, I want to show my vulnerability how I like to be and my childish creativity.
Starting with a clean shave from Day1, I will take a selfie with an Instant camera once a day. I want to try to make every day different. I want that every day counts.
I’m surrounded by a lot of fantastic people ready to help me with this project, and I’ll be more than happy to take a picture of them and sharing here the chat that we had. At the end of the page, you will find a list of links to know more about Movember.
We are looking for your support sharing this photo project, and If you would be able to donate here, it’s my page.
On the first day, I decided to add to my Journal a new notebook dedicated to the stories, ideas and motivations I can learn and found to develop my self-portrait project.
Inside I will collect bits and pieces of everything that I think is essential and maybe some silly things and thoughts as well.
The Goal is to build Awareness!
A few days ago I saw my flight for Christmas Cancelled due to Covid19.
Since then I try to find a nice, and maybe unusual, way to send my greetings for holidays. I couldn’t forget that in one month it will also be my parent’s 65th wedding anniversary. I come out with the idea to dedicate one picture of the Movember self-portrait project. I made a postcard with it than I sent to my family with regular mail.
I want to dedicate this portrait/postcard to all the people that like me would not be able to go back to their countries or visit their parents this year.
I hope this selfie will be handled across Europe by many people, making them smile. Maybe it will also have enough power to make them remember their home and towns.
After the scan of the self-portrait Day22, I decided to cut it and write a few lines.
The poetry decided that I had to throw away a piece of the jigsaw puzzle. So I did.
This is a memory of a memory that won’t be repeated.
A digital doppelgänger is still in the collection while the original with one eye might be lost in those pages.
Chat with: TONY CALLALY
Movember for me is about a conversation. It’s about the conversation that is had between people. Movember gives people the platform to talk openly and honestly about mental health. About what it means to them and how it has affected them. Mental health is no longer the topic we don’t talk about. It’s out there and it’s on the lips of people. Movember gives them that opening line and having the visual representation of that, manifested in the growth of a moustache, gives people that starting point.
“Doing Movember yeah?”
“Yeah man, it’s a great cause”
“Totally agree. Man it’s been such a tough”
I know. Why don’t you tell me about it?”
But the journey regarding mental health doesn’t just belong to the month of November. It’s with us all year around. Movember is just the start. Now lets all take this journey together. Lets be there for each other. Lets talk about mental health.
Chat with: JACK O’CONNOR (Ireland Manager for Movember)
When I was trying to track down information on Jack, I was in a sort of loop, and the only piece of information that I could find was related to Movember. Yes, I was preparing myself to have a chat about Movember, but to establish a good conversation, you need to know the kind of person that you’ll interview too. All the interviews that he had were about Movember, and none of the Interviewers were asking about his life/passions. In one interview, I remember thinking ” This journalist doesn’t even know how old he is.”.
A social media platform come along to help me in my research, and I track down a profile of a compelling person, leader, explorer and curious about the world.
I went there with no real expectation, and I found a quiet and private guy ready to give me a big portion of his time to me, a stranger. We had a long stroll all around the park and again and again, so I hit my 11k daily steps. We spoke about Movember but also our past and our expectations for the future. Private lives. Similarities and a friend of his that apparently looks like me (NO WAY).
On my way back I found myself journaling on the tram, and I wrote: ” Talking about your private experiences in life most of the time gives the other person the solution in their hands…you maybe will never know but you probably just did.”
If you want to know more about Movember, please check their website
Movember Social Medias:
Twitter (Movember Ireland) https://twitter.com/MovemberIreland
If you feel to have a chat or you want to share here your thoughts, please drop me a line 🙂
SO FAR SO GOOD …