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Portrait photographs with the hand to the face...

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.

by D. Nivenreply 3304/03/2013

It's a good way to show off your short ring finger, and we all know what that means.....

by D. Nivenreply 104/03/2013

I agree. It is kind of strange how people naturally will rest their head on their hand and its no big deal. But when its done for a portrait it looks so fake and staged.

by D. Nivenreply 204/03/2013

It looks sexy and natural.

by D. Nivenreply 304/03/2013

I hate when they lop off the tops of heads like in the OPs link even more.

by D. Nivenreply 404/03/2013

I think it looks...romantic.

by D. Nivenreply 504/03/2013


by D. Nivenreply 604/03/2013

In the olden days, a pipe was often in evidence.

by D. Nivenreply 704/03/2013

What's worse are the blatant attempts at hiding a double chin:

by D. Nivenreply 804/03/2013

Maybe it's a follow on to the 'cigarette in hand' pics.

But at least with a cigarette, the hand had something to do, other than just sit there.

by D. Nivenreply 904/03/2013

Only if it serves a practical purpose, like guiding a facial.

by D. Nivenreply 1004/03/2013

Totes sexxy.

by D. Nivenreply 1104/03/2013

Exactly, R10!

Like, not on the open herpes sore, okay? Duh.

by D. Nivenreply 1204/03/2013

Duh...older women do it to hide (or pull) the chin.

And, I guess, so does everyone else.

by D. Nivenreply 1304/03/2013

It makes the subject look relaxed. Get a manicure first.

by D. Nivenreply 1404/03/2013

True divas use BOTH hands!

by D. Nivenreply 1504/03/2013

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."

by D. Nivenreply 1604/03/2013

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???

by D. Nivenreply 1704/03/2013

What threads have you started R17?

by D. Nivenreply 1804/03/2013


by D. Nivenreply 1904/03/2013

[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.

by D. Nivenreply 2004/03/2013

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.

by D. Nivenreply 2104/03/2013

I've always loved this one.

by D. Nivenreply 2204/03/2013

Hands just naturally go with faces.

My GOD that Cary Grant was handsome.

Best ever.

by D. Nivenreply 2304/03/2013

R11, is that a Denny Scott photo?

How I miss those.

by D. Nivenreply 2404/03/2013

Love me some Denny Scott.

click on link

by D. Nivenreply 2504/03/2013

Kind of ironic that R17's comment is one of the longest in this thread he so detests?

by D. Nivenreply 2604/03/2013

Wow, the book cover in OP's like is so terribly designed.

by D. Nivenreply 2704/03/2013

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.

by D. Nivenreply 2804/03/2013

There are much better ways to prop up the head in a photo shoot:

by D. Nivenreply 2904/03/2013

Typical that the DL freaks try to pretend that something ordinary and common is strange or bad in some way.

by D. Nivenreply 3004/03/2013

Typical dumb person response to something she can't understand @ R30. Outstandingly stupid, actually.

by D. Nivenreply 3104/03/2013

Whatever are you going on about?

by D. Nivenreply 3204/03/2013

[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.

by D. Nivenreply 3304/03/2013
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