ATTITUDE – A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE – #FOWC- Marilyn and Garry Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Attitude & #FOWC


I once took a series of pictures of Garry. All of them came out kind of dull. He looked at them. I looked at them. He said, “Why didn’t you tell me I needed to give you some ‘attitude’?”

Photo: Garry Armstrong – Someone has an attitude. Horse or rider? Maybe both?

That was, believe it or not, the first time I’d heard that expression used as a photographic term. I’m not a portrait artist. What I do best are landscapes and casual portraits, more or less on the fly. I’ve done very few “formal” portraits. Anything else has been candid, at best.

Kaity (I think this is her “good side”)

But Garry worked on television, so he “got it.” He also knew “his good side,” something about which I knew nothing. To this day, I don’t know if I have a good side, but then again, I didn’t spend forty years in front of a camera.

Good side?

I have, however, spent more than 40 years on the other side, so I probably ought to know more. I guess this is what you get for picking it all up without any training at all. You know things, but you don’t know what to call them. Terminology doesn’t come with “hands-on” learning.

Photo: Garry Armstrong – An actual portrait! I’m even dressed for the event!

Garry is the only person in my current life who seems able to take a picture of me I don’t immediately hate and want to delete. He has a knack for finding the “me” under the wrinkles and bags of age.

And also: FOWC with Fandango — Attitude

40 thoughts on “ATTITUDE – A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE – #FOWC- Marilyn and Garry Armstrong”

    1. It’s the best picture of me this year. But it keeps getting harder to get good pictures of me. I have this same shot in color, but I couldn’t find the color version. I don’t like the way I look these days, so I mostly avoid the camera, but Garry likes taking my picture and fair is fair, because I like taking his picture too. That’s why we have so many pictures of each other taking a picture 😀

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    2. SLMRET, I find it easy to take good pictures of Marilyn. I just wait til she’s otherwise involved. Plus, she has a lovely face. No worries.

      I’m always surprised Marilyn gets flattering pics of me. I’ve never been good in posed, still pics. During my working years, I hated when I had to pose for publicity photos. I was always aware of myself. I felt phony. It showed. Marilyn “directs” me in her shots of me. She’s very good. She even physically positions me. I just tell her, “Hey, don’t touch my hair. don’t touch the suit”.

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  1. I almost overlooked this challenge this week, so will be back later today. Mr. Swiss said yesterday he takes more photos of me than I do of him, but I give up because I always have to get permission to show them.

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    1. Well, Garry was on TV for more than 35 years, so I think he is public enough already and he likes the attention. If he didn’t, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have had a career in TV. I could never have done that job for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that I freeze in front of a camera.

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    1. I don’t know that Garry “likes” the way he looks, but he accepts it because he has had to work with it. I had to get to that point with voice recordings where I finally stopped cringing at the sound of my voice. I suspect we ALL do that. We have a self-image which isn’t what we want and if we are going to work like that, we have to learn to be professional about it. It isn’t easy. I’m sure I couldn’t have done it daily..

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    2. Dawn, you are absolutely right. We are all vain. Want to look good in photographs. In television news, you learn your “good side”, how to position yourself for flattering angles for those on camera “stand-ups”. It becomes a game after awhile. We mimic certain gestures which are just shy of John Barrymore ham. Once, we had a period where “reporter involvement” was urged by management. It was an open invitation to anyone who wanted to be a “star” rather than a reporter. Some of my wise-ass colleagues and me used to see how many “bits” we could cram into one on camera appearance. It often became super-hokey. It’s why I always appreciated Steve McQueen and his scene stealing habits.

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          1. Did you buy them in New England or during one of your trips in the West? I’ve seen gorgeous jewelry made and sold by Native Americans in Arizona while traveling on Route 66. My husband bought me a lovely silver bracelet with a turquoise there several years ago and I wear it all the time.
            I’m not a huge jewelry person, but when I see a piece I love made by artisan I can totally fall for it.
            Yours are really beautiful.

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  2. They (and you) all are very lovely….. I don’t have a single really good photo of mine but everybody around me is having tons of my work. Hero Husband could model with all my shots I’ve taken of him. I used to be quite beautiful, now I’m only just quite……
    We now go for the inside beauty – and the insight! 😉

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      1. Awesome photos! I LOVE that one of Garry too. You captured him so well. The “what the hell are you doing?” pose. I love that pic of you. And the others, well, it goes without saying, they are spectacular too. Love your photos. You capture the essence, it’s not just a “photo” for the sake of it.

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  3. So much attitude in these photos. Garry, you make me laugh! It’s a good laugh. Beautiful photo of you, Marilyn. I, too, hate being in front of the camera. Thanks for joining the challenge!

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    1. It’s funny. Every photographer I know hates having their picture taken. Maybe that’s why we like TAKING the pictures? So we can hide behind the camera?

      Garry really doesn’t like getting still pictured. He’s fine with moving pictures, but he always feels stiff and uncomfortable in a still shot. My job is to entertain him until he relaxes 🙂

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