Stick Your Tongue Out!
"When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed
toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears."
Halsman was a famed Life photographer who towards the end of his
career would customarily ask his subjects if they would like to
jump for him. My particular favorite image of his is the Duke and
Duchess of Windsor (1956) jumping.
I have been asking people to stick their tongue out
for a picture. I've been doing it for some time - back to the
old days when you used "film". For convience I have only searched
my collection of digital images, and come up with the following
mosaic of images. It includes family, friends. acquaintances, and even
relative strangers - people who I met briefly and never learned their name.
As far as I know there is no one famous. (Halsman took pictures of royalty
and celebrities - like Marilyn Monroe.)
I am not sure what sticking your tongue out symbolizes anymore.
A little research on the internet turned up that "Sticking out
the tongue is still a polite sign of greeting in northern India and Tibet"
And a lot of SMS/chat/email icon references...
:o)Sticking your tongue out
:-P tongue hanging out in anticipation
:-r sticking tongue out
:-P sticking out tongue (symbol of disrespect)
:-q trying to touch its tongue to its nose
It is not clear if in the act of sticking their tongue out
for a photo if the "mask falls" and the real person shows
throuh or not - clearly I'll need to do some more research.
(Comments on this preliminary effort are welcome.)
There are stories to go with these pictures. (aren't there always?)
My Uncle stuck his tongue out without prompting. I sent my Aunt a cabinet
card of my Uncle with a photoshopped in tongue piercing.
Evidently the family laughed about it all weekend (though it is unclear
what response my Uncle had - we haven't spoken since I sent his family the
image over a year ago :-)
The "Office Space Compliant tongue piercing" (B&W with
Red push pin "tongue piercing") was a setup shot, and thanks to
my co-worker for modeling. We actually used a green push pin with
the pin cut off to do some non-enterprise critcal activities during
that work day. Inspired by the movie Office Space - that captures what
corporate cube culture really is to those of us in the cube- we
created this particular piece of flair, only a few more pieces
of flair and we'll be able to fully express ourselves:-)
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