Tired of Pretty Pictures

For the past few days I've been analyzing my self portraits to try and get an understanding of what I've done in the past year and what I want to do in this next year and I have come to the conclusion that I am really damn tired of seeing pretty pictures of myself. It is seriously killing me and today I am making it a goal to take more provoking self portraits that aren't pretty at first glance. It's not that I think a pretty picture can't be a good picture but rather that there are so many other territories to be conquered that are outside the realm of a "pretty picture" and I want to explore them all. I want distortion, wrinkles in the skin, imperfections, eyes half closed, nails bitten down to the core and cracks in the lips. I want pig faces, duck faces, fish faces, sad faces, mad faces, disturbing faces and terrifying faces. I want to find the core of a rotten soul, the depths of the Black Sea, where the ashes get blown off too after it's all said and done. This was my first attempt.