17 Years of Me
A self portrait EVERY DAY for 17 straight years. On March 30, 1995, Bryan Lewis Saunders embarked on an art project that he planned to continue for the rest of his life — to create a new self-portrait every single day. Intrigued by how our environments can shape our self-perception, the artist has created thousands of portraits since he began his project.
He has organized his portraits into various series reflecting his mental states at the time, touching on everything from anxiety to love.
Huffington Post found the series “Drugs,” the most intriguing of all. In it, Saunders took a different narcotic everyday and drew himself under the influence of the particular substance. He dosed himself with just about everything imaginable, from huffing lighter fluid to taking psychedelic mushrooms — there was nothing he wouldn’t try. The artist admitted to Fast Company, “I think drugs make me look really ugly.”
There’s also a video montage with a collection of over 3,000 of his portraits.