It's interesting. In some ways my first response would be I really need to have a long, sit down chat with you at a con, as I've intended to do for ages.
But then I immediately had a fully formed image pop into my head.
A bathroom mirror frosted over with condensation. The shot is from close behind you, so the back of your head is of out of focus. From your body language you're leaning heavily on the sink with both hands. The mirror has had a single hand swipe taken down through the condensation, and it's through that gap that we can see only the right side of your face, as you look up from under your brow. Only that bit of your face is in focus. Don't know if you're exhausted, pissed off, hung-over, but there's a serious 'don't fuck with me' vibe behind the look.
I may even be game for the photoshoot.
We've vaguely discussed this on occasion since making me turn out well in photos is a challenge (at least I think so).
The userpic above is one of the few decent ones I have.
See, on one hand I'd like to get a really nice portrait shot of you, probably set outside, with you looking off to the distance. The only feature of your face that would make that hard is your nose, I still think it's doable, but may need a much better photographer than me. You wouldn't try to hide it, but I'm wondering about the sort of angle and lighting needed so it doesn't distract from you.
The other would require a major set-up. You in extreem sweaty close-up, boxing gloves held close to your face, you're in the middle of a truly visious boxing bout. You're probably blurred from movement, lips drawn back in a snarl as you throw a punch, maybe a cut on your eyebrow leaking blood. This is not someone to mess with.
I've told you about this one before. White background, you in foreground, screaming with anger at the camera. Really, really pissed off. Probably a black and white photo.
I know people don't tend to take you seriously when you're angry, so I want a photo of you where those same people see it and go, "I don't want to be on the receiving end of that temper!"
If need be, I'd spend hours winding you up, talking to you only about things that make you furious, then discounting them offhand. By the end of it, I'd want you screaming red-faced into the lens. And then, get the shot just when you're glowering at me as you take a breath before you start again.
Or you dressed as Marie Antoinette. No idea where that comes from.
This would either take a major photoshoot, l33t Photoshop Skillz, or both.
You know the famous James Dean Times Square picture? I want something like that with you. But it's the balance of the other elements that's the hard part.
I want you walking along, head down, and everything close to you in the shot is of significance and relevance to your cultural identity. People, dress, images, writing. And around that little bubble of your culture, is the loud raw Western culture trying to break in.
Either that, or it works opposite, so you're in Western dress, surrounded by Western things, and around the edges of the shot is your world.
The hardest thing with this concept is to get the visual balance so it doesn't look like you're trapped (seemingly unwillingly) in a bubble of your own culture, but instead looks like you carry that heritage with you, no matter where you are, because it's a part of you, as opposed to attached to you. If that makes sense.
Focus is on you and your child, on top of a huge Uluru type rock, so we can see the landscape spread out behind you, and you're playing or dancing. Not sure about clothing, but probably light and flowing. Both lost in the joy of the moment.
Excellent! Because you inspired the whole idea in the first place. No really. I was laying in bed resting, and kept having the same visual with you crop up, which I then kept spinning off into other ideas, which got me wondering how I'd shoot other people, hence this post.
Okay, so the visual I kept getting was you at Lake Ballard, or some other huge salt lake, at sunrise or sunset. Probably sunrise. And generally it was a intimate look at your face in the soft morning light, examining the shapes and lines, with the flatness of the salt lake stretching back behind you to where it meets the sky.
From there I had a bunch of other ideas. I did idly wonder about a couple of simple nudes in that same environment, maybe even posed similar to the pictures I took of myself
there. What was funny was that I'd quite forgotten that you'd commented on that post until I went back to grab the link address for this reply, so now I'm wondering if my subconscious has been mulling that over all this time :)
The other idea I had would require a huge finished picture to do it justice. Big close-up of your face, very tightly focusing on the reflection in your eye. Depending on the composition, we may only see the area just around your eye. The reflection is of the salt lake environment, so land and sky essentially, with a stargate in it. So the ring of the inactive gate reflected in your eye sits halfway between your pupil and the outer edge of your iris.
I have? I don't remember that, but then I'm hopped up on painkillers at the moment so...
Actually, probably inspired by your River costume at one con, I think you're another salt lake person. Moving, dancing, never still. Actually, photographed in low light on a long exposure, with with just a couple of flashes so we get a still moment in amongst the lines of blurred movement.
Another thought, though I have no idea how I'd photograph it to look good, would be you as captain of a down and dingy space freighter. Something that wheezes and grumphs along, only two steps up from being steampunk. Or maybe not captain, but the engineer, complete with grease marks on your face where you've absent mindedly scratched while working on something.
Actually I would have happily taken tonnes of piccies last time we caught up, but I just wasn't up to it.
I actually think a dancing series similar to the one mentioned above. Long flowing shapes, long exposure... I think you'd pull off some nice artistic nudes, too, but I have no idea what environment would suit. Some people I just go 'desert', or 'forest.' You... actually, solid black background with just a hint of light showing some curves but leaving everything else black... that could work.
You... I'm not sure about... Would like to hang with you a lot more before I committed to anything too solidly, though there has been some photographic discussion in the past between us. A couple of those ideas would be good, be possibly a little pedestrian.
But even though I'm a bit vague, and think I could come up with something better, you're someone I see laughing. No idea why. There's a couple of people that just scream laughing at me. You don't scream it, but you do insist it's a good idea quite loudly.
Just a good, head thrown back, solidly laughing and enjoying life.
You're definitely a nude, something simple and classical. Partially because with your body shape that wouldn't be most people's first choice, and partially because having been to a nude beach with you, I know you have a gorgeous body that should be shown for how beautiful it is.
Actually, I say simple and classical, but you with a cheeky grin would work.
You're another easy one, and another nude, albeit one with a lot more work and some photoshopping.
I have this idea of you with lots of body make-up to give you a nice earthy granite look, towering over the countryside as a giant earth-mother figure, proud and awesome. Maybe with the sun peeking over your shoulder.
Kind of an odd one, and I'm not sure I could pull it off with - woman in the moon. Kind of a weird, almost subliminal series of shots, with your face over the moon, but subtle. So you look at the series of shots, and then on a second look realise there are lines and shapes that make a face when you look.
The one I'd most like to get, and the one that would be hardest to achieve because the emotion is so big and obvious, would be you laughing. So there's the moon over the countryside at night, and you slowly become aware that it's laughing.
I think you'd make an awesome harlequin figure. One side of the face red, the other black, with opposing red and black make-up highlighting the mouth and eyes. At least that's a gut reaction.
You're an interesting one because on one hand you've got a beautifully compassionate and expressive face, which it would be easy to work with. So naturally I'm leaning towards weird, harsh, broad looks where that's hidden or hinted at behind a facade.
And actually, you have a good body too. No idea how I'd use it, frame it, or anything, but you're one of the few guys I know with a body that lends itself to nice stylistic nude work. Or at least seems to.
Before I answer... WTF is a "Two Virgins" shot?!
Wait, googled it. ...Nah...
Not sure what I'd do individually, but if you guys were together for the shoot, I'd be tempted to get you both in matching suits and do a Kray Brothers or Alexei Sayle "Didn't You Kill My Brother?" style shot.
Actually, I like the idea of you both together. You're such a fabulous team. A table with two laptops on it opposite each other, with each of you screaming and gesticulating wildly at stupid people on the net.
Other version, one of you is screaming away, the other is sitting quietly enjoying some post or other.
Me please! I generally do not like having my photo taken, but you taking it wouldn't bother me, I think. And I'd like to hear what you come up with as a hypothetical photo-shoot for me!
I have three immediate ideas, possibly because I've known you so long... that said, I'd be tempted to catch up for a good long chat before ever making solid decisions because you've been off adventuring, so I may see a completely different person than who I'm picturing now.
You walking along the top ridge of a rooftop, with the city or suburbs as your backdrop. Actually, the place you've been living for the last year or however long would have been perfect. You're walking the ridge and your eyeline is on the toe of the foot held high out in front of you, with a sort of thoughtful look. You're not concerned with the roof or the stuff around you, you're enjoying walking on the ridge.
You moonbathing in the Botanical Gardens. I'd want to get you, the moon and the lake in shot, so might take some doing. It's the sort of shot where photoshopping it will never work as well as getting it all in camera on a long exposure. Actually, would probably want to use a good telephoto lens and shoot from as far back as possible, just to try and get the moon filling a good portion of the sky.
You in a helmet that's a bit too big for you, and army clothes that are a bit too big for you, the wind blowing through your hair and you screaming at the world from the turrent of a tank. You wouldn't see most of the tank in the shot, but enough to know what it was you were commanding.