Thursday, November 23, 2017

Moving to Another Platform

After eleven years, it's time for Self Vs. Self to become an archive of my essays and diary entries from 2006 to 2017. In future I'll use Instagram as a micro-blogging platform from which to share my writing and art.
The reason for my move is simple: Instagram is a better space to connect and converse with people who are interested in my work.

You can follow me at I will remain on Twitter under the same username, @hazeldooney. You don't need an account at either site to view my work. However if you'd like to leave a comment or interact with me there, you do.

I dislike that Facebook owns
Instagram. I hate Facebook. But we've reached a point where every social media platform is ethically compromised (and potentially compromising to users). And I still want to connect directly with the audience for my work.

As a way around Instagram's censorship of photographs, I will post uncensored photos on Twitter. I plan on using a combination of Insta' and Twitter to give a fuller experience than either site can offer alone.

Moving forward, t
he best option is to figure out how to utilise online platforms without compromising our ideas or our selves. They are only structures that are dependent on content from willing participants. Ultimately, we each decide how to use them – and why.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Matthew 11:28

In memory of Adam Dunbar, 26 February 1974 6 November 2017.

Above: Adam's military medals resting on a white pillow at St Charbel's Maronite Church, Sydney.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Vale Adam Dunbar

My beloved friend, companion, unlikely muse, soulmate. You were the best. You will remain forever in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dunbar and Abi-Hanna families, Adam’s battle buddy Danny and their military brothers and sisters. With deepest condolences, the Dooney and Heriot family.

You can't see it in this photo but Adam's eyes were the same colour as the brightest blue on his shirt. His gaze was penetrating and soulful. I spent time with him recently. We talked and comforted each other. I didn't know the end was coming. Regardless, I have nothing but love, trust and respect for this man.

I will take some time out to grieve and then return to my work, as previously planned. Please know that I have the support of my family and close friends and am taking care of myself.

Above: Facebook post from Modern Soldier. If you knew Adam or would like to make a tribute to his service and give condolences to his family, please go here.