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cbertsch
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Another Objective
Although I'm often taking pictures, it doesn't happen that often someone other than myself photographs me and even more unusual that I get to see the results. That's why it was a treat that Matthew, whom I met on my mid-April trip to Seattle, sent me a link to the shots he took of me at a friend's housewarming party. He was using a traditional camera with black-and-white film, which led to a great conversation about photography before and after the onset of the digital age. I love that this particular photo, though it has obviously been "remediated" into JPEG format, still bears a trace of its development:

I also like the fact that I'm making one of my characteristic faces, the sort I pull in conversation, but which I struggle to capture in self-portraits. Part of the reason is that I'm usually talking with my hands when I make those expressions, something that's hard to pull off when you're holding a camera away from your body.

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zonaroja From: zonaroja Date: June 4th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
awesome pic!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 5th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It is, I must admit. I know that expression from my father. And Skylar too. We call that thing that happens with the bridge of our nose the "Bertsch nose."
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Great pic -- it reminds me of class. Hope you're doing well, --jm
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 5th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Which class? So many "JMs." Well, more than a few, at any rate.

Thanks for the comment!
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Sorry!

I need to develop a livejournal account. JM from your first grad class, the one that included the following quotes:

"It's one thing to yearn because you're mutilated; it's another thing to have mutilated yearnings." (C. Bertsch, 1/30/01)

"I'm totally in favor of montage." (C. Bertsch, 1/30/01)

"It's a good thing to say at parties--'I'm a historical materialist.' It's a sure way not to get laid." (C. Bertsch 1/30/01)

"Pretzels of Revelry." (C. Bertsch, 2/13/01)

"Heideger was a brilliant man. I hate him. Well, he should be hated. He wore ugly suits and had a ugly mustache. And he was a facist. Well, in his own fashion." (C Bertsch 2/13/01)

(Much credit to the esteemed ED for her note-taking skills, as well as the organization necessary to still have said notes years later.)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 5th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Sorry!

Oh, hello! That's going way back. A Zig or a Zag?

::smiling::

I can't believe I said such over-the-top, silly things at that juncture. That whole year is a blur because I was still new, had been so ill in the fall, and got pneumonia again in the middle of the class.

You can still create a free LJ account. It just will have ads on it. Or so I'm told.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: June 5th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That is *totally* a cbertsch face! And I can absolutely see why it's hard for you to catch in self-portraits, but I'm glad someone caught it on film.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 5th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Me too. It's interesting to see a face you only feel yourself making, for the most part. The muscle memory and the image overlap in interesting ways.
flw From: flw Date: June 5th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Now you need to write a book!

That picture is classic. You are simultaneously amused, irritated, frustrated and intrigued.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 5th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm like frickin' Falstaff, I'm so round!

What sort of book?
flw From: flw Date: June 5th, 2008 09:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The kind that has a photograph on the sleeve, under the "About the Author" blurb. I was saying that you need to write a book so that this photo can be the... what do they call those photos anyway?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 5th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Author photos!

Yes, that would be neat. I need a pipe.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: June 5th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like that pic but, it could be intimidating if you were my dad; know what I mean? In the classroom, I have no problem especially, if getting challenged.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 5th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Interesting. It's kind of cool to think of myself as intimidating! I tend to feel meek, more often than not.
quuf From: quuf Date: June 5th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've seen that look in person. It's terrifying!

But seriously: It reminds me of something I once read about one of the Analytic philosophers—Quine, maybe. He had a habit of shooting some hapless student who'd made some insufficiently precise remark a deadly look and asking, "What EXACTLY do you mean?" Jesus!
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