don’t kill the story

Fan A-Z Challenge

D.) Which of his selfies is your favorite?

Selfies. I have a love-hate relationship with them.

that time I saw someone take a selfie during the sermon in church. 

Photographs are stories. if all I see is a face making duck lips or blue steel, that is a boring story. it may look nice but it has no depth. on the other hand, if you do show something in the background but you filter the hell out of your own face in the foreground, you’ve killed the story. don’t kill the story!

Of Richard’s selfies, this is my favorite:

I like this one because he’s showing us a Berlin Station ad adorning the top of a cab, and since he’s in Berlin Station, him being in the pic with the ad is cool. layers. if you look at his clothes and the setting of the selfie, you can see that this was most likely a spur of the moment shot. he has his trusty backpack over his shoulder, very casual clothes (love the sweatshirt!), and it’s taken on a city street in traffic. he most likely touched it up a bit with filters and cropping before he posted it but he didn’t have 15 almost identical shots to choose from (I hope) because he wasn’t trying so hard to impress.

so you’re saying I should cancel the sky writer?

I like several of Richard’s selfies, like the birthday cupcake, and the soccer jersey, and the shot of the Eiffel Tower outside the back of the car window but overall, I just don’t get excited by them. show me something or someone that I’ve never seen or am not expecting.

the logistics of this intrigues me

Give me those crinkles! give me your ‘worse’ side! give me the face I might see if I spotted you picking up your dry cleaning or taking a leisurely walk in the park. that’s the you I want to see.

or just distract me with your shoes, that will work too.

Taking it Out of Context

I was reminded recently, the dangers of taking things out of context. Sometimes the tone of someone’s voice or their body language can give a completely different meaning to a conversation that may be lost through text translation alone; and vice versa.

love me, or else!

This made me think of all the screen-caps and fun reaction gifs that fans make, which often have nothing to do with the film or event they originally came from.

you betcha! I’m making your favorite for dinner: tuna-salad-macaroni!

Sometimes a still screen-cap freezes a moment in time that may be hard to discern out of context, while a moving gif of the same moment may make things a bit clearer.

Gif: sensual

the thumb! *faints*

Screen-Cap: concern

Never think you can’t tell me things


Screen-Cap: shock

Oscar Hillerstrom said WHAT about wet seats?!

Gif: innocence

oh, that was someone else? my bad


Then there are times when a moving gif is just too darn fast!

where’s that rewind button?!
oh good, now I can see how hot he is. I mean IT is…the temperature *coughs*


It can be nice when someone validates your thoughts (no matter how inappropriate)

you’ve been a naughty girl
See! it’s not just me


But it’s also helpful when a picture puts certain questions to rest.

not really dwarves? why has no one asked about their height!


There are times when you know the context but choose to ignore it

go lighter on the peanut butter next time, will ya?!


and there are times when knowing the context kills the magic.

a dream is a wish your heart makes


But taking things out of context isn’t always bad, sometimes it can bring an unexpected smile!

this seems familiar somehow…