Saturday, August 1, 2009

Given As I Was


William Michaelian
1973
Dinuba, California
Photo by David Martzen
(click to enlarge)


15 comments:

Nazia Mallick said...

Hey William, you were handsome:)

Not that it means you aren't now:) but in this picture all your features are distinct/visible.

What do you feel you have still retained from those days?
When I see my pictures of when I was a young girl, I see that the naivete (it is a crime to be so ) is still retained.
Age has not made me any wiser:D

William Michaelian said...

But of course it has made you wiser. One thing it seems I might have retained, and what I think shows here, is a melancholy strain. Or maybe I was up too late the night before. Even then, it looks like I needed a shave.

S_Allen said...

Great picture William. 1973, wow. Isn't it interesting to look back at our past self?

William Michaelian said...

That it is. The words fright and astonishment come to mind. If I knew then what I don’t know now...

isabelle said...

Hmmm, well actually, I think I like you ( or should I say the look of you ) more now .

William Michaelian said...

You’re kind. But I’m inclined to agree. Or maybe I’ve just learned to live with it.

That’s my father’s tie, by the way. He hadn’t worn it for years. The coat, I have no idea.

Jean Spitzer said...

What was the occasion?

vazambam said...

Occasion? Ay, there's the rub.

William Michaelian said...

The picture was taken for the high school annual. This 8x10 is the only print I’m aware of. I’m told by a reputable dealer that at auction, it might go for as high as a dollar.

RUDHI - BY CHANCE said...

Your portrait YOUNGSTER looks tough&straight (educated)... 73 I finished my carpenter-qualifying if this word is right and had to go to military for six month...

William Michaelian said...

Rudhi, by the time this picture was taken, I had already become a terrible student in the traditional sense, and totally frustrated with the educational “system.” But I did enjoy the social aspects. The toughness you see, or imagine, is probably the result of living and working on our farm.

~im just only me~ said...

Well at least you knew how to tie the tie :) A Windsor?

William Michaelian said...

The only knot I ever learned. It was also handy for tying down loads of grapes.

ALeks said...

Not only clever, you are very beautiful(or must I say,handsome?) too! Wow!
I love the giant knot, :O)

William Michaelian said...

Yes, that could be the hangman’s noose — but a nice colorful one. And you are very kind!