Bizarre and Kinky Mother of All Selfies — Youngho Kang’s 99 Variations

It’s the mother of all selfies series. Photographers have been turning the camera toward themselves for years. But no one does it like South Korean photographer Youngho Kang in his 99 Variations. He’s a pioneer of alternative photography — neither shy in front of the camera nor stumped for bizarre, kinky selfie setups.

A Modest King Walks Across the River | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations
A Modest King Walks Across the River | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations

The mirror becomes Kang’s stage, turning it into the stage where he’s both director and artist. He doesn’t even get rid of the cameras. Kang leaves the camera visible in each selfie. Others would find this distractive. He doesn’t even bother trying to cover it up.

The camera as the magic key to unlock his own, hidden self.

So far he has completed some 50 self-portraits. 99 is the magic number. Why 99? Kang: “99 is a theoretical number that denotes myself as a whole to be 100 minus one — my present self.”

For more on Kang and his androgyne animus and anima project, read his powerful artist statement, commencing with:

The Metamorphic Alchemy of the Camera and the Mirror

Inside me, there are gods, men and women, and androgynous mutants. They coexist with my present self, and “we” are all interrelated.

I brought a key, the camera, opened the door to the secret passage, the mirror, awakened my mythical archetypes, and lured them out into the world.

For more images and the project, visit 99vartiations.com.

(via Huffington Post)
99 | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations
99 | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations
The Woman Without Bones Shoots the Arrow, While Hidden | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations
The Woman Without Bones Shoots the Arrow, While Hidden | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations
The Pool in the Sky | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations
The Pool in the Sky | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations
A Pregnant Wild Goose Does Not Return | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations
A Pregnant Wild Goose Does Not Return | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations
A Sacrifice Without Regret | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations
A Sacrifice Without Regret | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations
The Courtier With Skinny Hips | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations
The Courtier With Skinny Hips | Youngho Kang / 99 Variations