A Radical Act of Self Love

Adam Westbrook
3 min readMar 25, 2024

There’s a small white bump on the inner edge of my right earlobe.

I never noticed it before Thursday because, well…I’d never looked at my earlobe until Thursday.

That’s when I took a close-up photograph of my ears and drew them in my sketchbook. I drew them slowly and carefully in black ink, trying to record every bump and undulation.

Trying not to draw some ears, but my ears.

A detailed study in ink of two ear lobes, by Adam Westbrook

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Adam Westbrook

Video artist working at The New York Times. I write a newsletter about visual storytelling and creativity. https://adamwestbrook.co.uk/