Will the Real Freak Please Step Forward?

In every society or microcosm thereof, people stand out as “freaks.” I seek to understand and document what makes a freak a “freak” in a given context and share the world of those wearing odd shoes with the online community and beyond.

I’ve known scads of self-proclaimed “freaks,” whose non-ink ornamentation causes them to bolt whenever a magnetic sales convention is held nearby and whose exuberantly colored coiffures might score a protracted stay at the local aviary. These days the problem with the plight of the Ornamented Freak Bird is that, due to overpopulation of the species, they find their self-proclamation is starting to sound a little flimsy. By definition, a freak does not fit in.

Circus side show tattooed men, origami-like contortionists, transvestites, conjoined twins, artists, inventors, criminals, scientists: all have worn the freak moniker.

However, an artist living among artists might not be so named; a notorious criminal in prison may be free from the label. Is there such thing as a universally agreed upon timeless freak, or is it a matter of context? In short, what makes a freak a “freak?”

Camera in hand, I seek the freaks! Photo-blogging in Africa, Europe and Asia, I will discover whether the Universal Freak exists or if freak-hood is mere myth.

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I voted for you. Please check out my dream. I could use the help. Thanks and good luck!


I love it..You have my vote please go and vote for me.


This is a great project title and a great idea. It would produce such beautiful, unique pics. What is a "freak"? Brilliant! You have my vote! Could you help me out and check out my idea as well? If you think it's worthy, I would love your vote too. Good luck!


I love the idea! You have my vote! Read over my idea and let me know what you think? Even pic it!


I really like your idea! Good luck! If you get a chance, visit my idea and pic it if you like it :) http://www.nameyourdreamassignment.com/the-ideas/srebeccan/children-of-redemption/


Very original, I love it. Good luck!


I love it! Maybe originiality will prevail.....? Much more interested in the freaks of the world!
Good luck!


Here are links to a few of my photos:






I guess they're not really links. Be careful not to hurt your finger doing a copy-and-paste.


Good luck. I voted for this. Please consider my ideas as well. Pass around the good Karma.


Ooooh, yay! I'm commenting (and voting)! I really like this idea because I always call my friends freaks but it's not like I have any idea what the definition of a freak might be :)


I'm not sure, but if I win, you'll be the first (well, second) to know.


I believe you have just the right affinity for freaks to do brilliantly.


Very cool. Please, check me out too when you've got the time.


I pick'd you and your idea. Keep writing my friend, you're brilliant.


Hi Amy--
Of course, you know I think you are one of the most talented (yet undiscovered) people on the planet.
We need more rocks overturned....
You have my vote!



Good ideas like yours that are not in the Top 100 are nearly impossible to find. This is unfair as many great ideas are hidden. Those of us in the “Sub-100” should work together to promote the best projects of the Sub-100 so that they can be in the Top 100 and be seen. Please vote for best Sub-100s!


I love this idea! check out mine and Pic it if youd like! Congo here I come...


I like both of your ideas, you've got my votes.


I can't wait to see your photos - Wonderful idea & great dream! Best of luck and you have my "PIC" - please check out my dream of furthering peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East. Thanks!!


Well put. Someone is daring. Thanks =)


voted this one too, good luck.

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