I've often written about how I can't stand being in pictures. Life behind the lens is safe, quiet and controlled. Life in front of it is decidedly less so.
Video is actually easier than still. At least when you're being captured in full-motion, you can speak, move, animate yourself. Still photography, on the other hand, always seems to capture you in that blink of an eye when you're looking like a super doofus.
Problem is, I'm occasionally asked to provide a head shot to accompany any quotes that I might have shared with a reporter. I'd been using one taken years ago - click here to see it...don't laugh - but it was starting to get a little, I don't know, stale. So when I was asked a couple of weeks ago for an updated one, I had an idea: Take it myself!
That way, I'd control the outcome. So as I shivered in a windy parking lot taking pictures like this, I also set up my tripod, grabbed my remote control and took a few slightly offbeat self-portraits. It was kinda fun.
Your turn: How silly do I look? Any thematic suggestions for future self-taken head shots?
One more thing: I chatted briefly with Wojtek Dabrowski of Reuters Canada earlier this week, resulting in this article, Telecoms face new competition. Here's what I said:
But Carmi Levy, senior vice-president at Toronto-based ARCommunications, cautioned that the wireless-driven growth engine could sputter if more entrants arrive.Make that two: I'll be posting the next Caption This entry tomorrow. Start your creative minds now.
"If you're an incumbent player, this is not good news for you because your life is about to get more difficult," he said, adding that the top three firms will have to become more flexible and responsive, as well as more affordable to customers.