Saturday, January 23, 2010

Days of Future Passed


William Michaelian
1997
Salem, Oregon
Photo by Tim Hinshaw

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14 comments:

Conrad DiDiodato said...

A counterclockwise tilt of the beard is the only way to tell past from present.

Nazia Mallick said...

I like your eyes William

They are piercing, pensive and are gazing at a dream.

vazambam said...

I see a brave man with his back against a wall, staring down a future sent to gun him down--no hood for this guy!

Elisabeth said...

It took me a moment to register who this fellow is. Your younger self, William, how wonderful, how handsome.

Not so different from now - the hair a little greyer, the beard longer, the look the same, as ever and always, as Nazia says, the eyes pensive and piercing, just as they are in your penned self portraits.

RUDHI - Chance said...

Interesting portrait!

William Michaelian said...

Conrad, I like that. If anyone disagrees, I’ll thrash them with my cane.

Nazia, what if I told you I was watching some thugs who had just stepped off the city bus? But the truth is, you might be right, especially about gazing at a dream, because this picture was taken to accompany the first story of mine that was published.

Vassilis, if you substitute “curious” for “brave,” I think you have it.

Elisabeth, it took me a moment too. This photo was amongst a few others given me yesterday after Tim’s memorial service. His son and daughter-in-law found it in his apartment. And now that I do know who it is, I think I’ll see about becoming reacquainted. I think we both have some catching up to do.

Rudhi, it’s an old photographer’s trick. We owe it all to those bricks!

Thanks, everyone!

Joseph Hutchison said...

I have serious beard envy, William. Or maybe photograph envy. I'm unphotographable, as the old song says, and the last time I had a beard ... well, it was suitable for Halloween, maybe....

William Michaelian said...

Beard envy. I like that term. But keep in mind, I have much more to hide....

Momo Luna said...

I didn't recognize you at first too, but yes, the eyes cannot be missed.
I like the photograph. :-)

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Momo Luna. And you see I only have two eyes, whereas in some of my drawings I have three. Or more....

ALeks said...

It is an image of true friend somewhere in faraway country,and wow,what a great portrait! Your friend knew you good,may he rest in peace.

Aleksandra

William Michaelian said...

Aleksandra, thanks for your lovely thoughts. Your words mean a lot.

ALeks said...

This is one great portrait of you,if you will allow me to say that,as slowly and thoroughly becoming a "specialist" of your face!Im horrible,I do not feel even a slightest bit of shame staring at your photo,its more like you are family,:O)
Hope Mis Michaelian will not be offended by my comments and actions.Greetings and all the best to you all,love,light and peace,
And smile
Aleksandra

William Michaelian said...

Well, now that I think about it, my face could probably use a specialist!

Aleksandra, we love your comments, and return your good wishes.