This was probably a self-portrait assignment that was part of the photo elective class illustrators had to take at the Philadelphia College of Art. I was probably listening to one of a small collection of remainder bin 8-track tapes while trying not to look too ridiculous.
Note the zombie movie stills and a design class typography experiment in the background. I was real horror film fanatic and gorehound back in those days.
The Photo Elective
Back in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around the staid and solid small town of Westville, New Jersey.