UUUGH – Not Quite Ooof

Uuugh  is Perry’s version of a Guylty Ooof.  It is not descriptive of the photos under discussion, which are both Ooofs, or potential Ooofs.  My attempt at Ooofing  is what’s  Uuugh.  At some point, we will need our photografessor to straighten things out.

The two  Richard Armitage photos below were taken by different photographers.


First, Leslie Hassler published the photo in the white shirt for a spread in New York Moves Magazine.

(That shoot also included this fan favorite) lesliehasslerwhiteshirt1488138_10152123644364066_1095422106_n





Ignoring the shots of Armitage in the over-sized boiled wool, pink-piped jacket, the hands covering face shot is Hassler’s least successful. The pose looks forced and awkward to me.  He’s doing a sort of peek-a-boo – not quite covering anything. We can see his eyes, his nose, his chin, his ears, his lips, his forehead. His hands seem to be placed on his face and, while they are touching his face, they don’t look like they are.

While the mood  of this photo was intended as playful,  I’m not convinced. Armitage covers more of his face with one hand, in the Sarah Dunn photo below, than he covers in this photo with two hands.

In Sara Dunn’s photo, a year later,  Armitage has short hair and the photo we have now is shot at a greater distance than the Hassler photo.

Richard Armitage by Sarah Dunn #Beardbegone winner

Richard Armitage by Sarah Dunn #Beardbegone winner

Photographers, like all artists, have certain  artistic goals they want to achieve when shooting a subject. This photograph brought with it a practical goal – hide the beard. The subject’s hands are not merely placed on his face, they’re working. Not 100% successful because we can see his left  side burn and some beard ( or shadow) poking out on the lower right, facing us. Nothing looks light-hearted about his covered face. He’s looking very serious, even angry.  Nose and mouth hidden. Jaw and cheeks hidden. I’m imagining his stance. But Hiding is what this pose says to me.

Hiding seems more real and natural to me. Despite that the subject covers most of his face, this work has more to say and I like what it says better, than  Peek-a-Boo.


Hand Job

This makes me crazy.

Richard Armitage by Sarah Dunn #Beardbegone winner

Richard Armitage by Sarah Dunn #Beardbegone winner

I’m always wondering how much Richard Armitage knows about his fans and their predilections. How close is he watching, if at all? Contrary to some other fans, I never really bought into the trope that he entirely keeps away from Armitageworld. His emergence on Twitter changed the game a little, at least going, forward because he’s interacting with fans. And fans from other platforms also tweet, frequently using their same User ID. So he’s interacting with bloggers, FB admins and Fan Sites.

Does Richard Armitage know about his hand fans? Does he know about hand porn?


Leslie Hassler shoot for New York Moves Magazine

Or were Leslie Hassler and Sarah Dunn just reacting to the beauty of his hands – same way fans do?

Richard Armitage – does he know that we know one of his acting tools is “hands covering face?”

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Into the Storm


Richard Armitage in Spooks ( Not sure if its Lucas North or John Bateman) Source: Me and Richard rmitage


Richard Armitage as John Thornton, North and South

Yup. It drives me Crazy.
What also drives me crazy is putting him in a three piece suit – with a double-breasted vest, no less. But I’ll bet he liked it. Maybe Twitter hasn’t yet brought him to the vest controversy.

This Sitter and Shooter Make a Good Pair

Another Richard Armitage in motion by photographer Sarah Dunn. But this time, I didn’t think, ” the things she makes him do.”
Last year, when these stills came out, I wondered what Richard Armitage was thinking as he was acting out these poses.
I thought maybe he felt foolish.  Even though I couldn’t take my eyes off each one of the photos, I felt a little foolish for him. I wondered how much leeway the photographer gave him – did she tell him to dance, or just move, show his full length? Did she just tell him to do whatever he wanted in a standing position?

I’ll admit, the photos made more sense when seen in the context of the photographs from The Hobbit Special Shoot, but they still struck me as a bit silly.

And then we also got this one and companion shots, that showed up in different magazines. Things are getting better, I thought.
Then we got this one
and this one
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So, by then, I wasn’t surprised when Richard Armitage called Sarah Dunn one his favorite photographers, and his friend. I no longer had to wonder whether he felt foolish or uncomfortable.

It turns out, Richard Armitage IS silly.

And now, I can’t wait to see what else Sarah Dunn has in store for me.



It Starts With a Slow Release

Sarah Dunn & Colleague Shoot Thorin – and a good article, too.


Thorin, the dwarf leader. / NELS ISRAELSON / SARAH DUNN

Hobbit: Full Circle, in El Pais
Found by Eni Koni ( RA Bulgaria) and forwarded by Micra.

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