Can You Get an STD From Making Love to the Camera?
It’s been a hectic past couple of weeks for me since this site launched. I’ve been wrapping on some book design stuff, did a cover illustration for The Santa Fe Reporter, a one page comic forJulia Wertz’s anthology, I Saw You, about Missed Connections Craigslist stories, did an interview for Rolling Stone Italy, and dealt with some of my own book publishing things that are going on. Whew! I’m pooped.
So I’ve got a Mr. Wiggles book coming out in Russia soon and they’ve been hounding me for an author photo. I’ve never really had a nice official author photo. In the past, when people have needed one, I’ve always given them whatever’s lying around. It’s usually some photo of me at a party or something and there’s people with cropped off faces next to me and I’ve got a giant case of red-eye and look slightly inebriated. Either that or it’s the kind of photo that looks like it was taken at 1am the night before in my apartment in a rush because…well…because it was. And it’s always embarrassing because a lot of times those photos are right next to sexy professional shots of hot model type folk in the contributor pages of magazines which makes mine look even worse by comparison. Plus, most of my photos were taken by ex-girlfriends and I feel a little weird about using them now so there’s that whole thing as well. Because I’ve got a lot of stuff coming up this year that’s going to require me to have an author photo, I really wanted to get a decent one.
The last time I think I’ve ever had a professional photo taken was maybe in High School for the Senior year book. I still had hair. There was a sweater vest involved. I had my fist curled under my chin. There was a fake background of trees. Good stuff. This time I wanted to go for something a little more…um…less lame. Luckily, one of my friends, Cat Cutillo, is an awesome professional photographer and agreed to help me out.
Cat had me bring a few changes of clothes over to my friend (and her boyfriend) Ross’s place in the neighborhood and we made a go of it. We went to Ross’s rooftop and did some shots up there. Next we did a shot with this bear statue in the park close to my apartment. I’ve been eyeing that statue since I moved in and always wanted to do some photos with it. People were looking at us as we shot like “Who the hell is this person?” and “I wonder if he has money?” I do my laundry right across the street so I’m pretty sure the next time I go to do a wash, I’m going to get mugged. (Oh those will be some sad folk to discover that the only cash I have to my name is $7 in Canadian nickels.) Anyway, after that, we did a shot by some graffiti in my hood and then back to Ross’s to do some more regular-type shots.
All in all, it was a pretty fun day. I’m extremely uncomfortable in front of the camera and just feel like and idiot when I’m posing, but Cat did a great job of making me feel relaxed and took some really great photos. All in all, I think she snapped something like 300 photos. More photos in that one afternoon than I think I’ve ever had in my life! There’s a ton of good ones, but these are the tops from each of the shoots: