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Posted on 2007.11.29 at 09:43
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“Acting is not being emotional, but being able to express emotion.” -- Kate Reid

“Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.” -- Rodney Dangerfield


This morning, my goal was to take an expressionless photo. Can one truly accomplish that task? Our features are rich with burden of daily life, our regrets, joy and experiences. I have at times been accused of not expressing myself emotionally. How, exactly? I am one of the most emotive people I know. Just because I do not use words to articulate my feelings, does not mean I am not showing them to you. I've also been accused of being the most emotional male people have ever known. Without shedding a tear! How is that possible? Surely at times visual emoting can be more powerful, more intimate than mere words?

And if actors and actresses excel at being able to simulate emotion, don't we, as everyday folk, find it more difficult to not?




On a side note, I found a most peculiar [second entry] definition of, 'actor' last night on http://dictionary.com:

"A person who does something."


How very descriptive.

I want to moonlight as a dictionary author.

Comments:


galinda822 at 2007-11-29 17:31 (UTC) (Link)
Even expressionless you're still showing emotion.
To me the picture is showing an introspect expression.

As far as what people believe about your state of expressing emotion, it's all in their prospective.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-29 17:35 (UTC) (Link)
Even expressionless you're still showing emotion.
Yes ma'am, that was the question I was posing.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-29 17:32 (UTC) (Link)
You didn't manage an expression-less shot here. You look like you either have to take a dump or are very deep in thought about having to do so.

Additionally, your glasses a crooked.

Edited at 2007-11-29 05:33 pm (UTC)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-29 17:37 (UTC) (Link)
You didn't manage an expression-less shot here.
Did you even read the post? That was the entire discussion.
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Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-11-29 17:42 (UTC) (Link)
Can one truly accomplish that task?

No, I don't think so. Even without any overt expression on your face, you still look thoughtful; an absence of expression doesn't necessarily convey an absence of emotion.

Interesting question. And cute pic.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-29 18:24 (UTC) (Link)
Nigh impossible, I concur. And thank you.
Codekitten
codekitten at 2007-11-29 19:31 (UTC) (Link)
i wish you lived closer! emotional men rock!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-29 19:49 (UTC) (Link)
Personification over articulation wouldn't be a limitation?
(no subject) - (Anonymous) Expand
(Anonymous) at 2007-11-29 20:51 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... You look like you are pondering which flavor of !SCOOBY SNACK! you want...And you have to take a dump...
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Me
photogoot at 2007-11-30 02:56 (UTC) (Link)
"This morning, my goal was to take an expressionless photo. Can one truly accomplish that task?"
An expressionless photograph, thats an interesting exercise. I have what may seem like an easy solution to achieving this task.... Don't point the camera at your face!

In fact it seems if you simply turned the camera 180 degrees and made an exposure you would have taken a perfectly expressionless photograph of your steering wheel. Please feel free to consult me on matters photographic when ever you find your self in these tricky situations. :-)

Edited at 2007-11-30 02:57 am (UTC)
irulan_amy at 2007-11-30 03:37 (UTC) (Link)
You are full of wisdom, great advice, and you know - other things. =P
irulan_amy at 2007-11-30 03:38 (UTC) (Link)
I bet you would write a very entertaining dictionary. Maybe not the Oxford, but you know - still useful. :D
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-30 04:20 (UTC) (Link)
Relevant; in the parlance of our time.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-11-30 05:57 (UTC) (Link)
In you're not establishing your goal in either pic.

In the first, you look worried like, "did I turn off the Gas oven?"

In the second, you looked concerned about the way you're sitting causes you to have a turkey neck.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-30 12:47 (UTC) (Link)
Gobble, gobble.
snapper521 at 2007-12-02 21:03 (UTC) (Link)

Pictures

Hi Eric -
I was wondering if before Goot/Tomas leave if you could make sure Goot got a picture of the aforementioned elusive character known as Tomas G. :-) He hates his picture being taken... but I want a recent one. I have no clue what my best friend looks like... and if you ask me thats pretty messed up. :-P
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-12-03 06:07 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pictures

Refresh your friends page...
JaceMan
jaceman at 2007-12-04 00:02 (UTC) (Link)
The first rule of acting is to act as though you aren't acting. It is then possible to conclude that acting isn't about expressing emotion, but instead demonstrating reality. Reality, of course, is not an emotion. Then again, I could just be rambling for the sake of rambling.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-12-04 04:36 (UTC) (Link)
Look! I'm an actor!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-12-04 00:04 (UTC) (Link)
We must needs photogoot's snaps from the airport so that we can compare the expressionless photos side by side.

Edited at 2007-12-04 12:05 am (UTC)
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