Self-portrait, August 17, 2013
It’s probably wrong to imitate yourself, but last summer when I did the Esse Diem meme contest for fun, I secretly lamented that I wasn’t photographed with my own book.
Today, that is remedied. If you’d like to learn more about River Town and the various authors who contributed, please check us out on Amazon. You can read small blurbs from each chapter here.
Thank you for reading!
(Oh, and check out the winners from last summer, too! We had fun.)
Yes, I sound a lot like your grandmother when I say this, but it is true: I am honored to have had each of the 17 submitted photographs in this little gavotte into sharing favorite books and poking some well-deserved fun at my own blogger image. Each one is unique, and witty, and well done. You make me proud!
To see all the entries, visit http://elizgaucher.tumblr.com/search/meme.
There are two winners.
The first is the top prize for Reader’s Choice, and it goes to Jean Hanna Davis for her self-portrait with Kindle:
Voters in an online poll awarded her a staggering 40% of the votes cast. Congratulations, Jean! On its way to you is a copy of the book in my own self-portrait, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. Naturally, you will receive the Kindle edition!
I am awarding an Editor’s Pick prize as well. This prize is based solely on my own gut reaction to how well a photograph mimics my own. My choice is the entry by Teresa McGlothlin Wissen for her self-portrait with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest:
The black and white choice, the oddly unsettling (yet not unpleasant) expression over the book, and the facial proportions to the cover all made this photo stand out from the beginning. It also has a je ne sais quoi quality that haunts me. Teresa will receive a photographic print of the original book cover by Paul Bacon.
Truly, thank you to everyone who took the time to join in the fun of this project, and special thanks to Doug Imbrogno who invented it! You all are the best.
My friend Doug Imbrogno is wicked smart, talented, and musical to boot. When he speaks, I listen.
The other day he made the off-hand suggestion that I put together an “Esse Diem meme” – because it would be fun and because he likes the way it sounds when he says it out loud. That’s good enough for me!
So here’s the deal: If you have ever written for, commented on, or are a reader of Esse Diem bloG, pick up one of your favorite books and recreate this picture in a self-portrait if you can (you can have someone else take it if it’s not working out the other way). Be sure to tell me what book you are holding and why it’s a favorite.
Esse Diem meme
Post it to your own website and I’ll link to you, or send me the digital photo at email@example.com. I’ll post the collection here the first week of September, and “Storify” it, too. I’ll cook up a prize for the Reader’s Choice award, as well as an Editor’s Pick. In the meantime, you can follow the fun at http://essediem.tumblr.com/.
(It’s not all God and essays over here, you know. Sometimes we just are goofy. But we try to be goofy in an intelligent manner. Ahem.)
Picture Yourself: Three self-portraits | WestVirginiaVille
One of the people in the link above should look vaguely familiar. Please don’t say William Price……I may faint.
Thank you, Mr. Douglas Imbrogno (Village Elder-in-Chief) for making me an official resident of the real WestVirginiaville!