This photo is by the artist Riva Lehrer. It’s low-res and not well-lit because it’s just one in a series of a hundred snapshots she took ten days ago to help conceptualise a piece she’s working on. But a) it’s been a while since I posted a photo, and b) I find I like not being able to see all those dints and wrinkles that have accumulated in the course of a rough-and-tumble (uh-huh) writer’s life.
The finished picture will be clear and sharp, though, a representation of, well, me–but not the me you’re likely to find in a photo. An artist’s portrait is a rich and complicated thing. I feel very lucky to be involved in this. I’m looking forward to seeing what Riva sees, in my face, in my presence, in my work. I’m hoping I’ll learn something. Plus, y’know, look splendid.
ETA: In going through the photos I came across this one that I like, too; it’s less pose-y:
11 thoughts on “How I look now”
And you shall! R
Splendid already! Lovely shot (shall resist the temptation of saying it makes you look c*te)
Riva, I'm really looking forward to it.
Bashful, resist hard.
I like it.Strong.Can't wait for the finished product.
jeanne, I'm guessing it will late spring or maybe early summer. But that's just a guess.
Like your pics. Our experiences are certainly sculpted on our faces.
barbara, yep, we wear who we are. It's one of the reasons I don't understand those who get cosmetic surgery of the face-smoothing or -tightening type.
I can imagine getting a choice procedure done– if my neck gets too loose, some day– but the preponderance of them is…is baffling. Rubber is worse to look at than…any possible alternative!
mordicai, between last year and this I suddenly understand why people get their necks fixed…
Yeah, until the last year or two, I didn't really get it. Now I do. I'd have a couple/three things done. You know — if I won the lottery.
Jennifer, I think I'll content myself with 'fixing it in post'. Photoshop hurts a lot less than the knife or the needle…
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