Inspired by FAULT magazine photographer Ms. Parrish’s amazing textured image for the special limited edition Richard Armitage cover (yes, the issue I and some of you paid a ridiculous amount of money to have as our own), I have been experimenting with some photo editing tools to make my own considerably less impressive and less labor-intensive “gritty” images of Mr. A.
Here’s that original image that inspired me:
We have discussed this cover at Me+Richard Armitage in Guyity’s recent post (analyzing this “ooof” moment) which I highly recommend: http://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/ooof-alienated-richard/
Richard has a timeless quality about him. Part of it is his looks. The strength and structure of his features. He’s not “cute” or bland pretty boy flavor of the month. There’s the way he carries himself. And there’s something else, something in his character, his personality, something–innate.
He’s an old soul who looks no less out of place in medieval chain mail than he does dressed in tee-shirt and jeans. It’s a quality that is not shared by all actors–have you ever noticed how some look like fish out of water in period costume?– but it’s certainly an advantageous one. especially when coupled with that prodigious talent of his.It’s why he’s so believable and authentic in roles that span centuries.
Take another look at Richard in the FAULT cover. It’s been suggested he might be an anguished soldier from WW II or one of the subjects of Dorothea Lange‘s famous Depression-era portraits as seen in the FAULT cover. It’s definitely an arresting and memorable image of an arresting and memorable human being. Like Guyity, I am not certain Parrish’s striking fine art photography is quite what most magazine fashion editors would choose to show off the clothing being worn by the subject, but I like it and appreciate the time and effort it took to create the final product.
I wish that I had higher-quality images than the screencaps with which to work for my own efforts, but you gotta work with what you’ve got.
- Richard, it’s all your FAULT (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- I love it when I read stuff like this about Richard Armitage. (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)