I Feel Lucky
Photographs by Frank Yamrus, Essays by Bill Hunt, Sunil Gupta and Frank Yamrus, Edited by Molly Desario
72 pp., 56 color illustration, 11x10".
Originally inspired by the onset of his first midlife crisis, the I Feel Lucky collection of self-portraits were created between Yamrus' 47th and 53rd birthdays. The series began with a looming deadline of his 50th birthday, as if on this milestone his midlife crisis would magically resolve itself. Yamrus re-created moments, decisions and scenes from his past to fuel his investigation of typical midlife crisis issues- relationships, faith, career, health and mortality with a hope of glimpsing his future. William - Bill- Hunt states in his introduction to this highly personal body of work, '[a]s the protagonist in his own stagings, Yamrus is wry, relaxed and seems to be more happy than sad. He is present in these images, with a self-consciousness artfully managing the dreaded unnaturalness of being photographed. He may not have known where he was going, but he thought to bring along his camera and to be his own best conspirator.'