just look fucking weird!
Don't you agree, or have you had your own photo done this way? Maybe you think a head-shot isn't a head-shot without the hand somewhere in view.
Or, in the event that you needed an official portrait photograph/head-shot done, you'll make sure you place your hand or knuckle near to your cheek.
Anyway, point is...I'm v. interested to hear what DLers think about this.
SPY magazine once pointed out how many authors put their hand to their chin in their bookjacket photographs, "as if the sheer process of artistic creation were so enervating their heads needed propping."
Is this really a, 'thing' on DL?
I've never heard anything so mundane discussed before. Sheesh. It's not like you see it that often. Yeah, it looks awkward, I guess. But it's just the way a lot of people get their portraits taken.
I think it's supposed to portray the subject being caught in a casual but engaging moment with the camera.
Who the fuck would care about this???
[quote]I've never heard anything so mundane discussed before. Sheesh.
Yet, you clicked on the link, sneered at the op and felt inclined to give your opinion.
Sheesh to you too, you creepy moron.
These are glamour shots - they are supposed to make the subject look interesting or are otherwise supposed to make you look at go, Hmmm. If they annoy you, then like that saying 'it's better to be hated than ignored', the photographer has done his job.
Hands, it's taught, are serious. Feet are funny. Hands in a headshot say, thus, "I am a serious personality." It serves to emphasize a frown or a smile or a wistful look.
Kind of ironic that R17's comment is one of the longest in this thread he so detests?
Wow, the book cover in OP's like is so terribly designed.
R22's looks natural, possibly because there's some of the body on show as well.
It's when it's just the face with the hand stuck there for 'effect', that looks so odd.
Another David Niven book cover, with hand @ link.
[quote]But at least with a cigarette, the hand had something to do, other than just sit there.
Sometimes, unfortunately, the hand was forced to just sit there, as on the Fran Lebowitz book cover at the link.
She said she was holding a cigarette when the picture was taken. Between that time and publication, though, some anti-smoking zealot at the publisher's office had the cigarette airbrushed right out of the picture.