1984 - 2000
I became aware of my hands shaking in the spring of 1984. Feeling concerned, I made an appointment to see a doctor - worried that it marked the onset of Parkinson's. Instead, I was diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid/throat and given 6 weeks to live . . . but I got lucky. Completely confounding the predictions of the medical establishment, I am still alive and remain exuberantly healthy.
I took an amazing sideways journey as a result of cancer . . . I became the photographer and sexual anthropologist known as Housk Randall.
I had 5 books published in 4 languages, photographed a scandalous catalogue for Demask Bizarre Rubber, was included in numerous anthologies of sexual imagery and was the recipient of 3 erotic oscars.
When I met Pia, my wife, she told me that her father and brother were both named David - at which point I admitted that I, too, used to be a David. I then began the return to who I originally was.
On hearing that I was in the process of becoming David again, my mother told me something professor M. Besser, 'my medical saviour' at St. Barts, said to her on finding out I was changing my name and persona:
" Don't be alarmed, David is performing an ancient Jewish ritual - changing his identity to hide from the 'Angel of Death'. Once he feels confident of his health, he'll return to his former self."
He was right.
Radical Desire, 2002
The Customized Body, 1996
Rituals of Love, 1994