Have you seen Servetus’ most recent post “Top ten: Richard Armitage against the winter blues?” Right up the street of a photo-nut like myself. I love seeing what other people
get their kicks from like looking at. I have never thought much about the prophylactic propensities of A___ imagery in relation to SAD (although I can see how there is a correlation there…) and thus I cannot share a personal top ten of *my* favourite blues-killing RA images. But it occurred to me that I have a number of go-to images more or less *always* on hand, wherever I go, wherever I am, should the need arise for a quick mood booster: in the absence of a pocket shrine (I haven’t made one for myself, can you believe it?), I have a mobile drool pool. It does exactly what it says on the tin – images of RA on my mobile phone. So here’s what I have, in chronological order, as it appears in my iPhone’s photo roll:
The character I lost my heart to. This was my first lock screen image from the A___ oeuvre – I find it strategically wiser to have a character image of RA on that publicly visible phone screen, keeping the potential for husbandly jealousy at an explainable minimum. “It’s not A___, it’s Gisborne, silly!!!” I think I saved this onto my phone sometime in the summer of 2012…
The first *ever* image of RA that I saved on my PC’s hard drive. The smoulder hit me right in the solarplexus. It’s also the first image I ever *ooof*ed on me+r.
Smiling Guy!!! In a wonderful edit by Gisborne’s Boy that has fantastic contrast between the black leather and the pale skin, and looks crystal sharp. This is only deceptively a smile – it comes from the scene where Guy effectively steals the necklace from the young bride. I think it is actually a malicious sneer – but taken out of context and capped right there where it is, it looks like a smile. And as much as I like the darkness of the dark knight, it warms my heart when he smiles.
Not sure why I have this image saved on my phone??? It’s not a particular favourite of mine. Chances are that I was going to give this the *ooof* treatment while travelling, so I saved it. Mind you, nice peek of chest hair…
Now we are talking. This definitely was a favourite when it came out. So much so that I *ooof*ed it here and coined it the “Richard Alphatage” – that bicep just asjkdhaskjasddkjba
And straight after the full length, a closer-up of the same scene. Not just biceps but also thigh. You can’t have enough of a good thing, right?
Back to Guy – in an edit by talented tumblr RArmy member Mabelalexa. The light, the soft focus, the look up towards the light – I find this heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. I think this is Guy on his knees in front of Marian, asking her to marry him. Kind of gives you the feels not just from the visuals but also from remembering the context it is taken from.
Awwww, so romantic, Guylty…
And now it becomes self-referential. Or should it be -reverential? One of my own pics from Berlin. Less said the better *blushes deep purple*.
Sorry, it gets worse – another of my own… At least, by having this on my phone, I can always claim that I am merely carrying my own work around with me, should I have reason to show examples of my proficiency to anyone.
And the pinnacle of self-reference – my own shot, of the subject gazing at
me my lens. Well, at least here Serv and I overlap in terms of photographic mood enhancers…
And that’s it. Exactly ten images – funny, that. And funny that I actually only rarely bring them up on my iPhone screen. I really do not know *why* I carry them around with me. Maybe it is a case of “it’s good to know they are there”. You never know.
Have you got a smartphone? Do you have A___ images saved on it? Why/not? And which ones? Care to show me? I’d love to see.