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In Quiet Study - Self Portrait by seafaringgypsy In Quiet Study - Self Portrait by seafaringgypsy
I took this as part of my photojournalism class. This is me reading Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything in my barracks room at lovely Fort Meade, Maryland. For the most part, I'm a live wire, but I wanted to do something that showed a more intimate side of me. I'm wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, no socks, and in this portrait, I'm at my most liberated.
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VanillaHeartz Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Very great shot, the lighting is perfect :clap::clap::clap:
flamingjune Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2004
Hmm... I like this, but I can't help but be curious what it would've been shot horizontally... and I've actually seen some of the Syracuse people's work. You'll get in, no problem. You just don't seem to have too much action stuff (well, that you post here); it's all very still life... although some great photojournalism is still, I'd be interested to see what you come up with if you took a camera down to some DC protest or something or the other. Something with lots of emotion and movement.
seafaringgypsy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2004
Yeah, I shot it horizontally too, but this one came out the best.
The action stuff is all corny right now. I don't have many really dope things I want to post up here. I was actually going to cruise into D.C. today and shoot some goodies.
seafaringgypsy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2004
No, I'm not allowed to do that sort of cornball stuff. That's just plain shitty.

I've always been my toughest critic, but I haven't done anything yet that makes me want to show it off. Maybe today though. I shot a boxing gym last night I really liked.
flamingjune Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2004
Why is it corny? Is it all the, "I'll just go to the butcher and shoot him for my assignment" kind-of action stuff?
robosexual Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2004
good comtemplative pose! Fort Meade - isn't that where they
keep the bio-weapons? ;) I remember reading that the photojournalism
program for the navy was also run out of a northern US university - Chicago?
seafaringgypsy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2004
Fort Meade is home to our spy friends and the National Security Agency! The rumors are indeed true. They have an enormous operation budget and handle 70 percent of the intelligence workload for the nation.

The PJ program for us is run out of Syracuse in upstate New York. I'm trying to put together my portfolio to get in, but it's wildly difficult.
robosexual Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2004
I have a couple of Cray supercomputers.. but I've read of mythical
500 acre underground computing 'farms' the NSA runs :) such awesome
computing power .. just to listen in on 50 million phone calls an hour... a
world's worth of voice, fax, radio, email..SIGINT - Echelon is a hungry monster indeed!

Best of luck for the PJ program.. I think you'd have a good chance!
curiosity Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2004
Usually when there's a predominance of darkness, it tends to lead one thinking along the lines of anger and/or forbidding - or at the very least aloof. However, this seems a warm and intimate portrait. More of an opening yourself up than a closing off. The light catches your profile cleanly but hides the features so we are left to base interpretations from body-language and pose, rather than facial expression. Interesting indeed. (and dead sexy to boot!)
seafaringgypsy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2004
I occasionally gripe to my family that there are no good pictures of me around the family. I wanted to take one that I could send them, one that I thought was more like me. My whole family knows I'm over the top and very kinetic. What's really funny, is that my family thinks they know more about me than I do. I really love that. This is a big part of my life that few folks see.

I love wearing a white shirt, jeans and bare feet. It just makes me feel whole and somewhat more American. SIlly, I know.

Dead sexy huh? :licks: You know, you still owe me a picture!!!!
curiosity Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2004
I, being largely cameraphobic, delighted in the fact that the only pictures of me were taken unwillingly. Those damn little boxes weren't going to steal my soul without a fight! :P Or something. I'm not sure where/how the whole thing got started.

I think everyone's family is under the delusion they know a member of said family more than said person does. Especially parents. Parents think their little X-Ray/Mindcontrol rays can penetrate the minds of their children forever. It's one of those things, I think.

You know, I wander around in that same outfit quite a bit. The simplicity is comforting. LOL. I've had the same thought about it being more American. It's not really silly - it just feels more wholesome and that appeals to what we consider America to be - or to have been.

I'm working on it, I'm working on it. I had to score a decent camera.
ganooov Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2004   Photographer
good job :).
seafaringgypsy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2004
Thanks friend. I appreciate that.
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Date Taken
Nov 4, 2004, 8:15:55 PM