Emergency *ooof*: Armitage Stress Test

The Army is in Heavenitage! First a fan event that some of us had been lucky enough to attend, but transmitted simultaneously for everyone else to see via live stream. New posters and stills from THDOS, and to top it all off, a fashion editorial starring no other than l’Armitage himself in a glossy mag. We have been waiting for these images for a long time. The Esquire shoot was mentioned some time in early summer, if I remember correctly, and speculation was rife what kind of spread was going to come from it. Seven pages with six full-page images. Nice one. An emergency *ooof* cannot be avoided. But Guylty faces a dilemma. Which image to choose *ooof*? Which one is the dishiest? The hottest? The most popular? The one *I* really wanted to do was the one and only landscape format image. However, since we have not got the images in true digital format (yet) and are working off the images kindly scanned from the print edition by Fenwickio, I will postpone my analysis of that visually most interesting picture until later. Instead I have settled on this little gem:

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Richard Armitage gracefully reclining for photographic purposes
Shot by Blair Getz Mezibov for Esquire UK, Dec 2013 edition
Image via fenwickio/tumblr

Mr Armitage – in view of the elegant, man-of-the-world styling I find it hard to use the familiar first name of the sitter – is sitting. Mind you, not that elegantly. He is reclining on a Chesterfield, as classy a piece of furniture as evidently is the man who is sitting on it, dressed in a black suit, narrow Sixties tie tucked under the closed button, crisp white shirt underneath. His suitcase is ready in front of him – we can just about see the edges of his luggage peeping up at the bottom of the image. He seems to be waiting for someone, playing with his fingers, gazing off-camera to his right, observing what is going on, but not taking part in it. The background of the image consists of a panelled wall and a window with characteristic individual panes – old-worldly, elegant, classy. This could easily be a hotel lobby. The suitcase also supports that interpretation, as does the waiting pose.

There are many reasons why this is an *ooof*-worthy image. Of course I am playing to that part of my readership who professes an unnatural affinity towards the Armitage proboscis, especially when shown in profile (cf. all comments on the French DOS poster, released on Wednesday). Then there is the obvious hand porn. But for me, the clincher was actually the technicalities of the shot. Never mind the “open invitation” of the Crotchitage, or the suave, assured look of the sitter – photo-nerd Guylty is fascinated by the light in the image and how it has been used to illuminate the shot. You see, it appears as if the shot has been lit by available light only. Photographers love natural light. It is the hottest light there is, and when nicely diffused, it leaves only soft shadows and lights evenly and softly. However, photographer Blair Getz Mezibov, breaks a rule in this shot. Generally, photographers avoid shooting against the light – lighting the subject from behind means that you are obscuring his face with shadow. Mezibov manages to turn the disadvantage – light shining directly against his camera – into his advantage. He does so by a) asking his subject to look to the side so that the camera catches the part of his face that is now illuminated by the light and b) by using a reflector to pop some light back onto the left side of Armitage’s face which should be obscured by shadow. (I don’t think there is a flash being used – the light on the sitter’s face is too low-key for that, and very soft and subdued. It would light up the suit much more than what we see in the image, and there would be stronger highlights on the leather sofa.) At the same time he lights all other parts of the room that are visible in the picture and creates a bright background that literally lightens up the mood of the photo and the room by counterbalancing the dark wood tones with blown-out white light through the panes.

The image is a typical example of a fashion photography – and more specifically a fashion editorial. Fashion photography, as the name suggests, is commercial (i.e. paid) photography that aims to represent fashion goods for advertising purposes. However, this shot does not represent advertising photography, but editorial photography. With its obvious focus on the clothes, fashion photography initially had a tendency to picture the items without much distraction – worn by a model, but often set in artificial settings, i.e. in front of a plain backdrop or very neutral settings. Eventually, fashion photography started to picture the depicted objects within more opulent and evocative settings, selling not only the item on display, but also the image, mood or dreams associated with the items. Fashion photography thus moved into the realm of editorial photography, especially when more than one isolated image was being produced but a whole series of photos that depicted a line or collection of clothing: The clothes were put into a context, illustrating the use and proposed feel of the items. In short: editorial photography tells a story. Advertising imagery, on the other hand, most often does without an added context. It focuses primarily on the product that it is aiming to advertise. Effects and distractions such as an opulent background are not conducive to that.

And neither is the use of celebrities as models, imho. Effectively, the use of actors and singers as models even blurs the line between editorial portraits and fashion photography. By putting a well-known face into a shot, the viewer is purposely distracted from the clothes he or she is modelling. We get two messages here. 1. This is Mr Armitage looking good in fancy suits. And 2. These are fancy suits, that make you look good. In that sense this particular editorial spread leaves me confused. Is this primarily a fashion spread with a bit of Armitage on the side, or is this an editorial story on Armitage with a bit of fashion on the side?

The underlying purpose of using celebrities in fashion editorials is, of course, to make the reader literally and figuratively buy into the clothes. By associating a well-known actor with the shown clothes, both his image and his handsomeness gets transferred to the label/brand/style of clothes he is wearing. The message is “If you buy these clothes, you too could be as successful, handsome and admired as Richard Armitage”. However, the danger of it is that the reader is only interested in the model, not the clothes – quite probably that is the case with us, the fans. Thus, the effect is lessened. Rather than look at the clothes, we look at the body that fills them. He could be wearing shiny tracksuit bottoms and a string vest, combined with white tennis socks in Birkenstock sandals, and I wouldn’t really care although I am pleased that he doesn’t *ahem*. A compliment to Armitage, surely, but not the effect desired by the editors and marketers. I see the fashion images as a photo story, an elaborate set-up in which the subject is acting his part. The location and set-up are there to enhance the subject’s appeal, to interpret him. The clothes are secondary to me – they only serve to embellish his handsomeness, but they do not evoke any desire in me to buy them. Ok, that’s because I am a woman and my bum looks big in formal menswear. But I do not feel tempted to buy them for my cutely-bottomed SO either… But considering the pose and setting that was chosen for this image, it almost appears as if the photographer was not really focusing on the clothes either – we actually do not get much of a view of the clothes at all. The suit is half obscured by shadow and half by the sitting pose. Thus, this example of fashion photography concentrates much more on the image that is being sold than the actual items of clothing depicted in it. An interesting trend that can be seen in many fashion photographs nowadays – and that is also noticeable in the blurred lines between commercial and art photography. Many well-known fashion photographers are now also seen as art photographers. The line has been blurred – advertising as art, and art in the service of advertising. The model? Merely a pawn in the game. A muse to some, a clothes horse to others. I prefer the former.

But if this is a story, then what is happening here? Here is my *cheeky* interpretation…

“Right, the promo season is beginning.”  He was looking through his wardrobe, glancing at his dark suits. The old trusty Ford number had stood him in good stead. The fashionistas among his fans had approved. “But can I really wear my go-to red-carpet outfit a third season?” No, he really had to get some new gear, he was becoming too recognisable at this stage. It would all be easier if shopping for clothes wasn’t such a chore. He sighed. A waste of time really. Plus, more often than not he didn’t really trust his own fashion sense. If only Thorin had worn a tuxedo when dining in Rivendell – he would’ve bought the gear after shooting and be done with it. Ah well, Thorin’s girth wouldn’t have been right for him, anyway. But it was just so handy bagging the clothes that he was wearing for work… Gary the windbag hadn’t really had any occasion to sport a tux, either. Beige slacks – good grief, no. His wardrobe could do without them. Maybe the next project… Hm… Eureka! His agent would fix it.

Several phonecalls and weeks later, he found himself on a fashion shoot. His agent was worth his weight in gold – formal menswear. Just what he wanted. And some classy brands, too. Gucci, Gieves & Hawkes, Armani… They all looked the same to him, but he could tell by the stylist’s oooing and aaahing which suits had looked particularly good on him. “One more clothes change, Richard”, the photographer informed him. Good, the last one. Then the choice. He ambled back into the hotel suite that had been turned into an impromptu changing room. This was a slightly more informal number – nifty thin tie, not a bow tie. He donned the jacket and pushed his arms back, testing the fit of the jacket. Not too tight on the shoulders. Yep, nice. He glanced at himself in the mirror. Classy, edgy, slightly retro with the narrow tie. He nodded self-appraisingly at his reflection. “Not bad, Armitage. You could do a season on Mad Men in that!”

He turned and walked across the room. “Nice swish to the material. Frou-frou. Very fancy.” The suit actually felt as if it had been made especially for him, perfect trouser length, his hands fitted nicely in the pockets, the jacket closed tightly over his belly. “But the trouser seat  is where the cookie crumbles”, he thought to himself. “Richard, are you ready to come out and shoot the last set-up?” The assistant was knocking at the door. “Just one moment, with you in a minute, sorry”, he mumbled. He had to make a decision. He walked back to the mirror, turning his back to the glass, pulling up the coat tails and looking over his shoulder. “Nice arsitage, Armitage”, he grinned, “but is it comfy? Only one way to find out.”  He walked back to the large Chesterfield in his suite. “This is it.” He lowered himself into the sofa. “Comfy stretch across the bum.” He sat down and wiggled into the seat. “No wedgie. – Waistband comfortable.” Another knock on the door.  “Ya!” he called back impatiently. He wasn’t ready yet. One more thing. Was there enough space for the important bits? He shuffled his bum back on the couch and sat up straight. “And now for the stress test”, he grinned at himself, opening his legs widely. Could the seams take this, would the material hold? The fabric tightened around his thighs in a most pleasing way. He stroked up his right leg with the palm of his hand. “Yup, that’ll do.” He glanced at the door as the assistant knocked again.  “Richard?! The photographer is waiting!!” He smiled to himself. “Better go, old boy, otherwise this bargain may be not be struck. – I am coming!” he called out.

All text © Guylty at me + richard armitage, 2013. Please credit when using excerpts and links. Images and video copyrights accrue to their owners.

~ by Guylty on November 8, 2013.

95 Responses to “Emergency *ooof*: Armitage Stress Test”

  1. I’m dyyyyyiiing! I love the blow out hair, the Cary Grant Old Hollywood vibe, the nonchalant spread thighs… If Richard wasn’t wardrobe savvy a few years ago, the close proximity to beautifully tailored suits must have influenced his sartorial taste.
    I want to believe that you ficlet (wonderful, as always) is true, that Richard does know how closely we examine the garb and not only the man stuck in it. I’m just going to pretend that he likes to please my eyes 😉

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    • Oh yeah, Cary Grant, Rock Hudson and Gregory Peck with their best bits all rolled into one!!! Some of the b/w images from the shoot strongly reminded me of them. Classy!
      I wonder whether you can acquire fashion sense by osmosis? You can certainly acquire it with money. 😀

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      • You forgot James Stewart, one of his fave actors. Not so handsome, but I find some Jimmy in RA.
        I’m sure you can learn fashion sense by osmosis. It’s only a matter of understanding how to match fabrics, colors, accessories. A mystery at first if you haven’t an innate style sense, but you can learn. The main thing it’s not trying to be too experimental. Just stay classy and you can’t fail 😉
        p.s.: just go to Armani, Brioni, Gucci and Zegna shops (well it’s not the right word) and you can’t get it wrong.

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        • Hahaha, exactly, Micra, that’s what I meant when I said you can “buy” fashion sense. Just spend money on big brands and wear black all the time. Oooops, sound familiar???
          Jimmy Stewart- yes. I can see how RA might like his acting style.

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  2. Great Guylty, you did it, you wrote the much awaited emergency *ooof*!
    As usual I deeply enjoyed your observations, your analysis on lights is “illuminating” (pardon the word game).
    The ficlet is so nice and, I’m sure, very near to something RA could think and do. I could actually see him trying his suit, trying to be sure it was appropriate for him and his needs. You unchained my wild fantasy here 😛

    I’d like to do some remarks and I excuse myself for the poor English, it’s a bit tricky to express myself this time.
    First, I really love the photo you *ooof*ed, love RA’s face (nose), the lights, the pose, the very nice window on the back, everything but… the jacket. And here my English fails me. I don’t like the way the sleeves are sewed to the jacket body. It makes that puff I distaste so much on any shirt, jacket, dress. RA has wide shoulders and certainly doesn’t need to underline them. Apart from this, I love everything (tie is perfect). My fave tux on this fashion shoot are Gucci and Armani. Too bad he is sit with the latter. But the fabric seems dreamy (well, have you read the price? It can well be!)
    Second, about fashion photos. Thank you for having cleared me the difference between editorial and fashion photography. I really dislike those ones where I can’t even understand what models are wearing. Art photographs, ok, but let me also see the dresses, otherwise why should I buy a fashion magazine? (not that I buy any :P) . Something in the middle, perhaps?
    Third, the use of a celebrity to advertize clothes. People are strange. They get convinced that if they will put on “that” robe they will actually “be” like the star. That holds true for everything advertized by celebrities. Are we distracted by the model? Perhaps in this case yes. But it’s also a subtle communication to our subconscious driving us to buy that product. We don’t even realize it, but it’s there. So, just in case we had a male partner (I sadly haven’t) I’m sure we, even without recognizing the push, would like him dressed this way. A little hard in this particular case, since tux is not an everyday suit, but nonetheless… advertizements’ way to hit our brains are really, really subtle 😉 Also images of our fave artists work as accidental ads. Why should I have searched for (and found) a red plaid shirt like the one RA and other Dwarves have? 😛
    Sorry for the loooooooong post and Than you!

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  3. Old-hollywood look suits him so well! Sigh, and sigh again.
    Thanks for the photography lesson, guylty, and micra please bring on the (much needed) fashion lessons. Learning new things is an exciting side effect of richarding. 😀
    The ficlet makes me chuckle as usual. Bet you’re not too far from the truth!

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  4. Oh my- the classy, timeless look. I hope the extra info promised on the website will tell us where the photoshoot took place. Thank you so much, Guylty for taking time out of your busy week to scrutinise this beautiful photo- a hardship, for sure!
    I must admit I hadn’t had time to look closely, but I’d missed the suitcase entirely, but I’m sure the interesting looking clock would grace my mantelpiece very nicely. I like the idea of old Hollywood glamour- a swish party for the smart set, with a spot if dancing later in the evening.

    I did enjoy the notion of Richard’s irritation that his Middle Earth garb wasn’t able to help him out in this situation! I never would’ve noticed the shoulder issue, Micra- all I see is one very suave, elegantly dressed man.

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    • oh well, I’m a bit demanding about clothing details 😉
      Yesterday someone on twitter wrote the actual location of the photoshoot, a London Hotel but now I can’t remember which one and can’t find the tweet 😦

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    • When they announced the shoot, the location was mentioned! A classy, exclusive Art Deco hotel in London, am trying to remember the name. I looked it up back then, scouting the location. I’ve seen it in shoots before.
      Hehe, yeah, it’s a tough job I have taken on. It’s a calling, for the greater good of the world 😉 (Wish I was being paid. Hello, Armitage Marketing Ltd!! I am available!!)
      I had to bring Thorin in there. Can you imagine him in a tux with a dickie bow???
      Talking of dickie – really classy, dishy Dickie here, I have to admit although I am not a fan of formal wear. I prefer the ties to the bows. And I like the juxtaposition of informal pose and formal dress. Nice shoot.

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  5. Thanks Guylty. I was wondering which image you would choose for this and I thought the natural light would be the deciding factor. ( We’ve learned so much through your Ooofs, including your preferences) As you said, this wasn’t so much about the clothes as it was about Richard Armitage. They don’t give much information about the clothes choices except for designer and purchase details, there’s no info to help a guy make a choice, the message seems to be navy and shawl collars. I found this pose distracting – as though they were showcasing the window instead of sitter or the clothes. My first reaction was, “close the shades.” I may change my mind when I see digital images, but once I got over my initial euphoria, I decided I didn’t like this shoot much.
    But as to the photo you selected, I wondered a little what the back story would be to explain a daytime shot of a guy in evening wear? Did he not go home from the night before? Is he a groom waiting for the ceremony to begin?

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    • Have I become predictable??? Or have I just succeeded in my teaching mission? I hope for the latter. I actually think it is cool if you can already guess what I am going to say.
      I suppose, the practical use of a fashion editorial is more in the illustration than in the concrete explanation of the styles. I think it comes down to the whole issue of advertising vs information. In a way, this is an infomercial – a small amount of info on who, how much, and where to buy. Even though this is supposed to be subtle advertising, I still think that the benefactor is the celebrity model – and the mag that commissioned the shoot. And yes – my initialky reaction was that the clothes are not shown to their advantage in most of the shots. Armitage is sitting down in three out of the six, another one is half length, with hands in pocket. Photographically they look better that way, but in terms if marketing it would be a fail. But as I said – this is fashion, not advertising…
      I totally loved the windows in the b’ground, I like how the light streaming in brightens up the mood of what could come across as a stuffy, dark room, and I like that it takes up so much space in the composition. A juxtaposition that initially confuses but the forces your eye to the model. Almost like negative space. Personally, I love bright, overexposed white seen through a window – just almost makes me think of a fresh sunny day…
      But you are right about the wrong time context of the shoot. Formal wear is mainly worn in the evening. They should have styled him with bed hair and even more stubble, the tie askance and the button open – the morning after. Damn, that would have been one interesting ficlet prompt…

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      • Where is it written that you can only write one ficlet per Ooof?

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      • Oh, yes, a lovely ficlet prompt! But in summer, it can still be light at 10:00 p.m., so the formal wear is perfect for an evening wedding, a summer gala concert, the opera, a formal party such as at an embassy or on a cruise, or even the high-stakes table at a casino. Think Cary Grant as John Robie in “To Catch a Thief”. With Richard in the role, what leading lady would not feel the fireworks exploding?

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        • That is just what I was thinking, Leigh – on a summer day it could still be bright outside… I kind of like the early morning after idea, though *ggg* (more scope for thinking up some antics of the night before…)
          “To catch a thief”, one of my favourite classics, recently rewatched. The current, lean Armitage would make a brilliant Jean Robie. As for fireworks – ovaries, more like…

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  6. I think this is the Hotel where they did the photoshoot
    http://townhallhotel.com/virtual_tours/

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  7. Ha ha ha! fanfic is hilarious , Guylty 😀 ..in fact whole *ooof* is very enjoyable. Thanks a lot for the giggle! .
    IMO, now it will be hard for him to use the film wardrobe..I’ve heard that Holywood suffers from lack of imagination. I bet they want to (trap) wrap him in royal purple and some kind of cloak 😉
    ( Now it’s time to read the comments)

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  8. Lovely, lovely photo, oof and ficlet, Guylty! Thanks so much for enlightening us again with your expertise. I love, love, love this photo. It fits right into my desire to see him do some Hitchcock remakes. I have to say, he reminds me most of Gregory Peck. Mr. Peck also enjoyed playing grey characters in a way that reminds me of RA. I do have a question for you based on your expertise as a photographer. How much time do fashion photographers spend looking at other photos of proposed subjects during their preparations for a shoot? Because the most recent fashion shoots of him seem to me to really have nailed his best features/angles/presence, much more so than earlier ones. Or is it more of a 360 swath of pictures and then choosing the best?

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    • Hm, I don’t really think that photographers spend as much research on the subject as they do on the location. Presenting the subject depends on the setting and lighting characteristic to each shoot. In my experience, photographers eesearch possible poses more thoroughly than the traits and physical attributes of the sitter. Essentially, the sitter had to fit into the pre-planned settings, look, mood, feel of a shoot. The photographet directs and shoots, the model has to deliver the vision. I think photographers need to personally meet the model and work/interact with him to figure out how to fit them into the planned look. Photography so often ends in improvisation. It is always surprising and demands quick thinking, problem-solving, flexibility and sensitivity towards the sitters personality. The assumption is, though, that professional models (and actors) can pull it off and will act anyway, in fashion shoots. And the ohotographer will literally cover all angles.
      But even after all that – with easily a few hundred images to choose from, there are bound to be useable ones. I suspect that Armitage isn’t such great model material, simply because (as you said) the same looks and poses keep cropping up. That pose beside the doorway in Esquire? Lifted from Ascroft, down to the crossed legs and lowered gaze. The shot on the stairs? Classic Armitage-on-red-carpet.

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      • Good points guylty! I still have to learn from your observations ability. That’s why I love that crossed legs pic ( also for the mirrors and the reflections game), it’s a known RA pose. I really love that pic. The warm colors, the sense of space (of infinite, actually) old timber and mirrors and then that handsome man in black watching down, apparently thoughtful and not in pose, one shoulder lower than the other. Love this one.

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  9. Great post as always.

    Isn’t it interesting that someone who thinks he looks best dirty and in the dark (I think that was roughly what he said, and few of us would argue that a dirty Richard tends to be a very hot Richard) scrubs up so well? 😉

    I always was a sucker for a man in black tie.

    Think I’ll go and have a lie down now, having bought myself a copy of the mag…

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    • He’s nice to lool at in formal wear, agreed. But I think the dark and dirty stuff hits an entirely different part of the viewer. Less aesthetics and more primal…
      I am gonna look for the mag now – I happen to be in a mewsagents.

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    • I have always said that undressing a man wearing black tie is like eating lobster — work, but so very worth the effort.

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      • That little gem made me chuckle loudly on the train home, Leigh. Nice simile. And the way you describe it, I am re-thinking my attitude towards formal wear…

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  10. There is a suitcase in the photograph?! I could not see it through my tears. Think I’m joking. This was the first picture I saw when I was alerted by a friend once I logged in yesterday. The pheromone tsunami hit me so hard that I gasped and literally cried for half an hour.

    Of all the pictures, this one is my sentimental favorite because it doesn’t look like he’s posing. It feels real, especially before of the way he’s sitting like a …. well, there’s a phrase going around, but I won’t get into it.

    I love these tuxedos – can’t bring myself to call them suits, even though technically they are. I love the satiny lapel which elongates his torso (one of his complaints about his own body). I am surprised that the stylist did not make sure his sleeves were ‘untangled’, so to speak. I suspect that instead of raising his left arm when he changed positions, he moved it further to the left while it was still on the armrest; thus, the bunched up look which – like Micra stated correctly makes it look as if the jacket was not tailored to his body. That is unforgivable in a fashion shoot, and I do notice the fashion. Why? Because the mark of an elegant person is that he or she wears the clothes and not the other way around. Hence, our attention is on Richard.

    I wish you would analyze ALL the pictures from this photoshoot but that’s highly unlikely. Still, if you could give us your opinion as to why one of the photographs was ruined by having Richard splayed in a chair that was too small for him – and next to a pile of chairs! What the heck was the photographer thinking? All the other tuxedos were shot against a classy background where you could actually admire how they flattered our lovely man. That particular picture I’m referring to made him look shorter than he is and…ugh. Do you think he wanted Richard to look like an AU version of Thorin? 😉

    Thank you for choosing this picture. I know you didn’t do it for me – obviously – but I am beyond thrilled that my favorite one is your OOOF! You are a great treasure in this Army, and an engaging blogger. Kudos.

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    • Well, the suitcase could well be a coffeetable, B, but it suited my purpose to interpret it as a suitcase 😉 You are right, though, about this looking more real. There is more context to this shot. And because the subject is looking off-camera, you could pretend he doesn’t know he is being photographed – something you cannot assume when he is staring into the camera.
      Wow, all those fashion and styling details completely escape me. I never notice a bad fit – on the contrary, I always assume it has to look like that. But I see what you mean about the bunched up look.
      You know what – I feel very tempted to analyse more of the pictures from this shoot. The two that didn’t appeal to me were the Ascroft copy and the one where he is posing on the stairwell. I just do not really like that stance he has assumed there. My personal favourite is actually the one that you labelled “ruined” *ggg*. There is no right or wrong here – merely two different tastes in photography, B, so don’t get upset ;-). I won’t go into details about the whys here because I want to save that for the proper *ooof*, and who knows, maybe by the end of my scrutinizing I may not like it as much anymore.
      Oh, and thanks for your kind words, B. I think we all have our place in the Army, and I thank you for your consistent support!

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      • I know why *that* picture is your favorite but – as your friend – I will keep quiet so as not to smirch your reputation as a saintly puritan. *cough* ;D

        Too bad there aren’t any shots of the peaches! I would have photographed him on the stairwell sideways with one foot on the landing looking up as if he had just heard his lady’s footsteps approaching the stairwell. Then we would have been able to fully appreciate the Thighs of Thunder and the Peaches. I’m sure you understand my disappointment. Heh.

        Also, I will always support your work. That’s what friends are for, my dear. Have a lovely weekend!

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        • The “saintly Puritan” had me laugh out loud, B. And with a decidedly dirty undertone *ggg*. I have no idea why the photographer has not copped on to the power of the peaches. I would have placed Armitage in front of a floor-length mirror and then shot him from behind while also getting a view of the front. Possibly in a pose where he is fixing his bow tie, or adjusting the button or something like that… (I like the mirror idea – why has that not been done by any photographer yet??? A sad ommission in the Armitage photo oeuvre!!!) I also like your scenario – that sounds like a good pose.
          Gracias and same back to you!

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  11. Guylty, this is absolutely my favorite picture of the set. Really. It’s making me have… naughty thoughts…. just… well… you know…good job.

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  12. I`ve just looked at the pics on RichardArmitageNet and wow, here`s the appropriate *ooof*, thank you so much.

    Interesting from the photographing aspect as usual (I feel the growing necessity to buy a new camera myself), yet your description of the sitter is stunning. “Crotchitage” really improves my vocabulary and I have to prefee that I share the unnatural affinity to Mr. Armitage`s proboscis (der “Rüssel”, wie respektlos) 🙂

    Would really like to see him in a US TV show for six years as he mentions in the interview, but in 60`s style, please. I`m gonna look for the mag, too…

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    • Glad to have hit home with my timely analysis of this image, Ute. And your quip that you feel inspired to get a camera is credit to the quality of photography that we are being delivered by Armitage’s photographers these days.
      There is more where crotchitage came from. There is of course its twin, the arsitage, and then recently I also publicly owned up to being a big fan of the the armpitage. 🙂
      I had the magazine in my hands today, btw – and then was too stingy to shell out more than six Euro for images and an article which I had already seen… Maybe I should buy it, read it and then donate it to Agzy’s silent auction?

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  13. Loved everything, as usual. I think you were in a bit of a naughty mood when you wrote this cheeky ficlet. Let’s see, bum, bits, thighs, tightened, stroked and the coup de grace “I’m coming.” Or it could be me projecting. Nah, that couldn’t be it.

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    • Kathy – you and your direct line to my dirty thoughts *ggg*… You may not be entirely off with your assumption. I could feign innocence and say that the *other* meaning of “I’m coming” was completely unintended. But then again, it *did* occur to me that it could be misread… and I like the ambiguity of it.

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  14. […] images in the Esquire spread definitely had a classic Hollywood vibe for me (others too!).  I posted this on Tumblr last night, so apologies for shamelessly cross platform re […]

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  15. I read your posts all the time…and I had to comment on this one!…I loved your description of the photo and the story to describe it. I was really laughing toward the end! I could so believe the mental process and thoughts you wrote about happening for a man with little confidence in his fashion sense. It was great! Thanks! 🙂

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    • Hello Kathy – thanks for reading and for de-lurking. This is a worthy image to do so, isn’t it? I was a bit short and quick with my analysis – the emergency needed an immediate response 😀
      Ha, the reason I can come up with storylines for men with underdeveloped fashion senses is that I am fashion-illiterate myself. I am writing from experience, so to speak 😉 Glad you liked my fantasy. Keep reading and Richarding with us!

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  16. Loved everything you wrote. My favorite picture from this shoot. Just delicious.

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  17. An emergency *ooof* is even better. I was going to email you and ask if you would consider doing one of these new photos for your weekly one.

    Your discussion about the different types of photography was interesting to me. It’s something I’ve noticed too in fashion magazines. I can barely see the clothes. Now, in RA’s case, the clothes ARE secondary to me, but in other situations, I do want to see the clothes.

    And the ficlet was wonderfully funny as always.

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    • Thank you Little Red! I will definitely *ooof* some of the other shots from this shoot for the upcoming weekly *ooof*s. Probably not my next regular one, because I have something else planned for that. But there is a weekend between now and then, and I somehow feel that mayyyyyyyyybe another emergency *ooof* is needed…
      I am pretty much immune to marketing, having worked in the area myself, and with a distinct lack of interest and knowledge in the field of fashion, I certainly only see the wearer of the clothes and very little of the garments themselves. In your face, marketing *ggg*.
      Glad you liked my fantasy 😉

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  18. he looks smokin’ hot in that smokin’ jacket. I think there were words after the pic… I just saw the pic and *THUD* I swooned. what a nice b-day present … thank you internet … thank you sev for posting!

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    • Your birthday, Rob? Well, a happy one for you.
      Good point about the smokin’ hot smokin’ jacket. Hope you have picked yourself off the floor yet 😉

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  19. subscribing.

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  20. I think this hair suits him best. And what a profile here…

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