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January 29th, 2009


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12:13 am - Portraits of Me
Today I met an LJ friend, bitterlawngnome, in real life for the first time. He's a photographer whose work I've been admiring for years. I think he does excellent portraiture work, and think he develops a deep empathetic connection with his subjects. I wanted to have him take some pictures of me to get the experience of working with him as a subject, in the hopes that it would give me pointers towards working with my own subjects. I also wanted to overcome any anxieties I might have had over posing in the nude, and I did that as well. It was a great experience, overall.












If bitterlawngnome posts some more pictures in his LJ, I'll point to them from here.

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From:lara7
Date:January 29th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC)
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I like the one with the blinds. nifty!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:January 29th, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
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Thanks! That was the "film noir" picture. It probably needs some cigarette smoke, but neither of us would have provided it.
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From:shirtlifterbear
Date:January 29th, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
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YAY!

It's so weirdly freeing, isn't it?

I'm so thrilled!

And the shades one is INTENSE!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:January 29th, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
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Yes, I felt a lot freer and lighter.

This is the closes I have to a "yay!" icon. Hah!
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From:ruralrob
Date:January 29th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
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Bill did good. And you look great!

The blinds one would work well in b/w too, I think.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:January 29th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, sir. It was an honor and a challenge. Yeah!
From:randy_byers
Date:January 29th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
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By golly, they all look just like you! I think of these I like the third one best. A very characteristic pose.

Well, the whole thing sounds like a good adventure.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:January 29th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! And you oughta know what I look like. Julie calls that my "visiting lecturer" attitude.
From:randy_byers
Date:January 29th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Actually, now I wonder how these pictures strike your "avoid mirrors" reflex.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:January 29th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
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One of my first reactions was "hey! My hair's parted on the wrong side!... No, wait..."

They did challenge my "avoid mirrors" reflex. I had to look at them a couple times before I could look at them without saying "No! I don't look like that! Ack!"

I also think I'm exaggerating for comic effect.
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From:kdotdammit
Date:January 29th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
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The third is my favorite too.
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From:shelly_rae
Date:January 29th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Good photos of you. Of course I had no problem recognizing you when we ran into each other at Tully's. Good to finally meet you neighbor.
Anon
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:January 29th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
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And I was happy to finally meet you. I felt a little scruffy and unprepared, which I hope doesn't put you off further encounters. ;>
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:January 29th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Actually, when I first looked at them I was "Ack! Jowly! Wattlely! I don't look like that!" But I got used to it.
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From:kdotdammit
Date:January 29th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Very cool. I feel like how all of a sudden I'm sitting in the room with you. Bill has an uncanny ability to make people so very "real." Neat. I haven't done the nude with him yet. Maybe next year!

Of course, no every time you leave a comment on my blog, I'm gonna imagine you nekid. (just kidding. pah.)

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From:holyoutlaw
Date:January 30th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
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Kidding? KIDDING? Crooshed! I'm crooshed, I tell ya.
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From:kdotdammit
Date:January 30th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
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Okay. Fine then. In my mind you will now always be BUTTNEKID. Feel better now?
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From:asfi
Date:January 29th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Ive been meaning to dig out and scan the pair of photos taken in your kitchen many years ago. You photographed me, and I photographed you. Visually, I think you've changed less since then.

Corflu Zed will be the 20th anniversary of that meetup. I'm lookin' forward to it!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:January 30th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
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They'd be interesting to see. I remember hanging out with you then, now that you mention it. Didn't you do a parade with prepared piano? Not at that Corflu, but around that time.
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From:asfi
Date:January 30th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
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Yeah, the following summer, in Madison. It wasn't so much a prepared piano as a piano harp/soundboard that was barnacle-ized with electromechanical mayhem. It was all tremendous fun until the wheels fell off.
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From:bitterlawngnome
Date:January 30th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
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maybe I'll post the Noir version of these :)
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
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That would be fine. I'm curious to see differences in selection and processing. Yeah!

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