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Post by michellemoran » Fri September 24th, 2010, 10:56 pm

Hilarious link I stole from Nathan Bransford's weekly roundup.

http://flavorwire.com/117566/against-pr ... hotographs

I like the description of the first one best: The Sophisticated Photograph (aka “The My-head-is-so-weighted-down-by-great-thoughts-it-requires-additional-support”)

HA!
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Post by Michy » Sat September 25th, 2010, 12:03 am

Some of these are pretty cheesy, indeed. The hand-on-or-under-the-chin ones are the worst, I think, because they are totally unnatural and look like the standard cheesy pose they make you do for your senior pictures.

In particular I really like the one of Ayn Rand; she gets all dressed up to sit at the typewriter and write her books, just like Mrs. Cleaver got all dressed up including pearls to do her housework! :D And the one of Charlotte Rains Dixon is obviously meant to show off all her rings (and she must have donned the entire contents of her jewelry box especially for the picture).

But, after seeing the authors of this article dis all these portraits, it begs the question; so what kind of author portraits DO they like? :confused:

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Post by michellemoran » Sat September 25th, 2010, 12:29 am

Some of these are pretty cheesy, indeed. The hand-on-or-under-the-chin ones are the worst, I think, because they are totally unnatural and look like the standard cheesy pose they make you do for your senior pictures.
Agreed Michy!!!! And my senior photos were horrendous.

Author photos are tricky things. Do you pose by yourself or with a beloved pet? And which pose do you go for? I really like Danielle Trussoni's author photo. And EC has a great one. I like shots of people looking up into cameras.
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Post by annis » Sat September 25th, 2010, 1:03 am

I think Marcel Proust must qualify as the winner, for managing to fit into two categories; “The Torso-twist-with-arm-resting-on-back-of-couch” and “The Face-alone-is-boring-and-therefore-not-enough”. In fact, as his hand is pretty much under his chin he might even be considered to have hit the 3-in-1 trifecta with
“The My-head-is-so-weighted-down-by-great-thoughts-it-requires-additional-support”

And if you think Charlotte Rains Dixon has overdone it in the bling department, how about this scary author photograph of the late Barbara Cartland, a great believer in the motto “more is more”!

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Post by michellemoran » Sat September 25th, 2010, 2:28 am

I think Marcel Proust must qualify as the winner, for managing to fit into two categories; “The Torso-twist-with-arm-resting-on-back-of-couch” and “The Face-alone-is-boring-and-therefore-not-enough”. In fact, as his hand is pretty much under his chin he might even be considered to have hit the 3-in-1 trifecta with “The My-head-is-so-weighted-down-by-great-thoughts-it-requires-additional-support”
HA!!!!!!!!!
And if you think Charlotte Rains Dixon has overdone it in the bling department, how about this scary author photograph of the late Barbara Cartland, a great believer in the motto “more is more”!
Oh dear... Because a diamond brooch and a ring that could kill someone wasn't enough, she needed a diamond necklace around her... hands???!! Could that be Photoshopped?
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Post by annis » Sat September 25th, 2010, 3:36 am

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Oh dear... Because a diamond brooch and a ring that could kill someone wasn't enough, she needed a diamond necklace around her... hands???!! Could that be Photoshopped?
I doubt it- she always lived up to her reputation as the Queen of Romance; the woman for whom the phrase "over the top" was designed :)

Never seen without serious bling, trowelled-on makeup, pink outfit and -er -dog accessory, here she is again:

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Post by Madeleine » Sat September 25th, 2010, 4:38 pm

[quote=""michellemoran""]HA!!!!!!!!!



Oh dear... Because a diamond brooch and a ring that could kill someone wasn't enough, she needed a diamond necklace around her... hands???!! Could that be Photoshopped?[/quote]

Nope, she always looked like that, in public anyway. She was like a giant powder puff! :D
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Post by LoveHistory » Sat September 25th, 2010, 4:44 pm

I rest my chin/face in my hand all the time, though I don't think I've ever looked pretentious doing so.

Some of those are indeed quite cheesy. I suppose the difference is knowing that they are posed rather than natural. Trying to look natural while posed is difficult.

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Post by michellemoran » Sat September 25th, 2010, 5:07 pm

Nope, she always looked like that, in public anyway. She was like a giant powder puff!
:eek:
I rest my chin/face in my hand all the time, though I don't think I've ever looked pretentious doing so.
Me too. The difference is definitely in the overall picture. Couch poses are pretty popular too...
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Post by Divia » Sat September 25th, 2010, 5:13 pm

I'm a fan of fun pics where people don't take themselves too seriously.

Those pics are bad though.
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