By 1974, Hardesty was stretching his creative muscles, from salon-school representation to more contemporary concerns. This self-portrait seems to be an idea prevalent during the time, that in current society humans are reduced to mere "numbers".

Segmentation of the basic elements are complete. Top: a deliberately asymetrical portrait. Left: an apparently meaningless mechanical rendering,. Right: Identifying info of the subject pictured, height, weight, social security number, passport number.