So what is with the hand to the face in portraits?

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  1. spinnaker

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    Not sure if it is popular in other parts of the world but many people here seems to pose with holding one hand in front of their face with the back of the hand facing the camera, fingers bent in sort of a fist.

    This is just weird. I have always though that perhaps it was a way for young women to show off their new engagement ring but all sorts of people chose this pose including men. Sorry but for a man it looks awfully effeminate. There is a guy that has the pose as his avatar on a bicycle forum and it is simply disturbing.

    So what is with this portrait pose?
     
  2. maxpower097

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    Post examples and I'm sure I can make up a believable answer.
     
  3. spinnaker

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    I was thinking about that but not sure if it would be permissible to post someone's photo without their permission but i guess a thread will do.

    First post at the top of this thread.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/871700-Trans-American-with-warmershowers-org

    Hopefully you do not need to log in to see the avatars.

    It is a fairly common pose for portrait type photos. One hand is held in sort of a fist placed under one eye.
     
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    I've seen some of this, too. I notice the ones with the open hand beside and just touching the face. Completely stumped.
     
  5. t06afre

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    I have no idea. Not seen this before
     
  6. maxpower097

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    Looks like a standard pose spun off "The Thinker" If I recall lots of Authors do their back picture page in this pose. I used to do landscape photography and have read a few books on body and motion photography. Haven't done any portrait stuff so I don't know. But I think its a standard photography pose for a profile picture.
     
  7. spinnaker

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    As I said. It makes sense to show a ring, say for a woman's engagement photo.

    Also maybe to hide a scar but if that is the case there are an awful lot of people with scars out there.


    It is freaky.
     
  8. spinnaker

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    Where are you from t06afre? Maybe just a stateside thing?

    I have noticed it a lot here.
     
  9. spinnaker

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    I know the pose you are thinking of. Usually or not always used in a photo of an older gentleman. This is not it. This the hand is held directly in front of the past as in the avatar I referenced.
     
  10. sheldons

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    well im not at all shy ill show my face as is....just look at my display pic
     
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    Yeah...I was thinking you could use some moisturizer (face cream).
     
  12. t06afre

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    Have you not seen my pictures. I thought it was obvious I am a Norwegian. But you are probably correct that this is a USA thingy. Showing support for something or someone
     
  13. spinnaker

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    l am getting old hard to keep people straight. :)
     
  14. sheldons

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    i thought that was my best side ....
     
  15. tshuck

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    I've never seen it before today. Perhaps it's an Eastern US thing...Or I'm just that out of touch...one or the other ;)
     
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    Today I noticed that one of our members posted a pic of somebody with hand under chin. I still have no clue why this seems to be in fashion at the moment, just noticing reality as I wander around the site.
     
  17. strantor

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    probably the symbol of some group. Like a "secret society" thing. People who know what it means probably already have a pic of themselves in that pose floating around somewhere. And they probably wouldn't tell you what it means if you don't.

    Try that. Post up a pic like that and see who contacts you.
     
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    They are punching themselves in the face for you. Think of it as them doing you a favor.
     
  20. killivolt

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    Look at Picards forearm, it's like 5" longer?????:eek:

    Edit: He's an alien, actor:p
     
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