You might ask why I include a photograph of myself at all. The reason is similar to why I use my real name online. I think people reading the blog should know who they are dealing with, and a person's face does say something about that person. This seems particularly appropriate at the present time when faces and the vital human element they represent are being increasingly banned from public view.
I fully agree with this sentiment, though I also have an ulterior motive for featuring my face online - the secret hope of landing a lucrative modeling contract! (If you're an agent, have your people call my people, and we'll make something happen.)
Pertaining to what William says above, I'm not at all sure what my face says about me. As far as I can tell, only God, my mother, and my wife appear willing to tolerate my mug for any extended length of time.
In all honestly, the only reason didn't update my old photo up for nearly a decade was because it at least offered something alluring to look at - the lovely lake in the background!
Nevertheless, taking a cue from William, I have decided to update my online photo as well. My wife snapped this one of me on a train last week. Unlike my previous photo, this one contains no enchanting background -- just me on a train.
I apologize in advance.
Note added: Bookslinger has suggested that my wife used a filter when she took the photo of me on the train. Turns out he was right; so, in the interest of authenticity, I had my wife take another photo of me sans filtering and put that on that sidebar instead. It seems my wife tolerates my natural face much less than I had originally assumed!
The first photo is from the autumn of 2012, while the second is from last week - winter, 2021.
Thankfully, the passing years have not put a dent in my brilliant smile or the naturally cheerful expression I project into the world.