FROM THE BACK – Garry Armstrong

My Wife from the Back, Side, or Merely Off-Center


Marilyn does not like having her picture taken. She always feels fat or old or her hair is a mess and the clothing doesn’t fit. She would much rather be behind the lens than in front of it.

I have tested the limits of her patience. I sneak up from every direction. Determined to get a few good shots and I do. And anyway, since she does all the downloading and processing, she can just delete the ones she hates.

So this is a gallery of backward Marilyn.

Just the other day in Rhode Island … Photo: Garry Armstrong
Photo: Garry Armstrong
Photo: Garry Armstrong
Photo: Garry Armstrong
Photo: Garry Armstrong

Author: Garry Armstrong

As a reporter for Channel 7 in Boston for 31 years, I was witness to most of the major events affecting the region. I met a lot of people ... politicians, actors, moguls, criminals and many regular folks caught up in extraordinary situations. Sometimes, I write about the people I've met and places I've been. Sometimes, I write about life, my family, my dogs and me. Or what might otherwise be called Life.

35 thoughts on “FROM THE BACK – Garry Armstrong”

  1. There’s something about pictures of people from behind that tells a true picture of character — no grins, no cheese, no scowls! When my dad died, my mom gave me 3 photos that were taken on a trip they took to Greece — two of her that Daddy took, and one of him from behind! For a long time, that was the only photo I had of him! It still tells me a story of who he was!

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    1. slmret, never thought of that. Good point. Subject is nor aware or perforning for camera. I just try to take flattering pics of my bride. She’s a cutie.

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  2. Oh Garry, what a true and wonderful post…. I’m glad you’re taking photos of your darling because I have thousands of my Hero Husband and he won’t have a single one if I get run over by a squirrel or other… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You know of course which one of this selection I like best – yeah, number 4…. everyone should wear one! And the older I get (I’m having my 68th on the 14th), the less I’m inclined to have my pic taken. You know not everybody feels as photogenic as you are ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m often taken together with young people, all slim and shiny, great teeth (ok mine are not bad either but you get my drift!), often at weddings or feasts and being so small and rather rotund (ooooouw, that AND my age gives you a terrible pic, doesn’t it – but I always mention my very, very good heart…. ) AND I look a fright, every time, so all my sympathies go to Marilyn!

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    1. Kiki, I hear you. The older you get the less you want to be photographed unless you were Cary Grant. He looked marvelous in his 80’s. I read somewhere that he stopped caring about “Cary Grant” once he retired. He seemed genuinely relaxed in photos taken during his last years of life.

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  3. Marilyn has lovely hair, she should be proud to show it off. Too many of us (I’m talking about myself only) have lost ours and it truly does look horrid. And the pictures were spectacular! I especially like the perspective of the one in which she’s wearing a red shirt and is taking a shot or getting ready to – of another individual from behind. Interesting!

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  4. Garry I love this post and all of the photos of Marilyn. Well done! Well captured! ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite is Marilyn on the bench- her head is ever so slightly cocked to the side, I wonder what she was thinking….

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    1. She was trying to figure out how to make some stupid function on her camera work. That is pretty much ALWAYS what I’m doing when I sitting in those pictures. Glaring at the menu and trying to figure out when I’ve set everything right, why isn’t it working?

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    2. Melanie, I am very sensitive about my hair. I didn’t give it proper care in my prime. Used to wash it daily, use “Vitalis” and brush my hair vigorously. I was trying for a “Hollywood” look. Stupid, stupid me. One of my News Directors, a kindly gent, asked me why my hair looked like glue. I shrugged him off. Years later, one of my colleagues/a very good friend was more direct about my hair. I listened and started using a more “relaxed” look. But I’d already done too much damage. Now, I’m paying the piper with myriad bald spots. Boo-hoo Garry.

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    1. I sincerely understand. I’m sure she likes them that way, too. I cut the top of Garry’s head off at the crown. He hates what he calls his “chrome dome” look. So I just delete that part of his head and he’s a happy camper.

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  5. So interesting! Knowing you both only through this blog, I have an internal image of Marilyn as aging with grace, with her gorgeous silver hair and her still visible cheekbones. If only we could see ourselves the way that others see us!!!

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