The series, I Protocol, began as an investigation into the ways that people choose to represent themselves via the phenomenon of online social networking. Its title contains references to first person representation as well as to the technical jargon that specifies the delivery of digital information. This endeavor gradually evolved into a study of self portraits in which I layered my own signifying features over top of my subjects. These portraits engage a wide cast of culturally itinerate characters, now widely accessible on the internet - historic figures, celebrities, animals, and cultural icons - each providing a specific, idiosyncratic gaze to assume and inhabit. An as artist who has intentionally avoided the self portrait genre for many years, this work is still something of a surprise.