portrait exchange


Luka made the photo session for the Charity Catalog “Ten People 10 Self-portraits” 2017 by Chocrón Joyeros.
Each year, Chocrón Joyeros creates a charity catalog in collaboration with ten prestigious personalities from the world of culture, entertainment, art, sport or fashion, who engineer and offer their own self-portrait in exchange for an economic contribution that Chocrón will dedicate to the Charity association chosen by each of the ten protagonists of this project.

161022-23 Kyungsoo mentions

161023 lunatheboy: A family portrait in exchange for a day’s labor on webdrama #PositiveConstitution

161022 Kim Euisung on Good Movies: Yesterday I made an appearance on a short webdrama, Positive Constitution, with Do Kyungsoo, and he could have quite the strength in his eyes. Ah, there are a lot of good kids out there. (Host: An idol like Im Siwan from ZE:A, or Lee Joon) I think preconceptions about idols [acting] are unnecessary, like believing all people from theatre do well.

161022 stranger_wb: And when Woobin said very seriously that although things are tough lately, to give love to Korean singers as well as actors.. ㅋㅋ EXO’s D.O… to “give a lot of love to EXO, where my baby brother Kyungsoo is” ㅋㅋ He asked for an EXO song during the fan serenade portion and danced to Dancing King ㅋㅋ […] his brotherly smile when he talked about his baby brother ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ

161022 SF9′s Taeyang:

Q: A song you enjoy?

A: D.O.’s “Tell me what is love”

source: kim euisung, @dohdohan_nacho, @stranger_wb, @luvinseong | translation: fydk

64 days in heaven and hell (78)
Making an impression
Van Gogh made this curious self-portrait in the second week of September 1888.  He painted himself as a japanese bonze.

I’ve also done a new portrait of myself, as a study, in which I look like a Japanese. (To his sister Willemien, letter 678, second week of September, 1888)

The picture was dedicated and sent to Paul Gauguin who was still in Pont-Aven at the time and not sure if he would be able to go to Arles any time soon. Gauguin and Émile Bernard had already sent him their self-portraits in exchange.

This portrait and all the decorations in the Yellow House had a hidden agenda:

… I have the self-esteem to wish to make a certain impression on Gauguin with my work. I can’t help wishing to work on my own as much as possible before he comes.  His arrival will change me in my way of painting, and I’ll gain by it, I dare believe — but all the same, I’m rather attached to my decoration… (To  Theo, letter 694 of October 3, 1888).

Vincent Van Gogh, Self-Portrait dedicated to Paul Gauguin, Mid- September 16, 1888. Oil on canvas, 62 x 52 cm. Fogg Art Museum, Harvard university, Cambridge (MA), USA

Royal "Couple"

Mikhail was anxious as he was brought to the princess’s room. This marriage had been arranged by their parents nearly ten years ago, but he had never met Princess Anabel. Of course, he had seen her portrait, exchanged a few formal letters, but… He knew very little that was not superficial. Nothing, really, about her personality. Just her birthday (they were both 21), that she was lovely, liked art, and played violin.

The guard led the prince to her door. He bowed and departed, leaving the nervous blonde to knock on the door.


making this exchange public because @after-the-ellipsis is so on point here, and also


Bizarre Victorian fact of the day...

When photography began to take off it captured the public imagination. Throughout the mid-19th century a craze developed for people to have portrait photographs taken of themselves and made into visiting card-sized prints. Such a print was known as a carte de visite or ‘pho’. People exchanged these portraits with family and friends and displayed their collections in specially made albums. As this hobby increased in popularity it became fashionable to collect and trade prints of famous and influential people such as artists, actors, politicians, and royalty.

Introducing the Tumblr Portrait Exchange!

Alcohol is a wonderful accelerator for ideas (unless, of course, you are under 21; in which case soda pop and fruit roll-ups are a marvelous alternative).  I was under the influence of quite a lot of it when I thought of this one.  I had been a few shots of whiskey into the night when I had a marvelous thought:

“I wonder how other artists see other artists?”

Whether or not I celebrated with more alcohol or not, I don’t rightly remember, but I had thankfully left myself a note to remind myself.

Without further ado, let me present the first Tumblr Artist Portrait Exchange (which, I just realized, spells TAPE.  How convenient).  Celebrating the expression of self to others by others.

Here’s how it works:

In a Secret-Santa-style process, artists on Tumblr will be given other participants of the exchange as a subject to create a portraiture of - here we take “portraiture” to mean “whatever the artist feels is an appropriate expression of their subject as a person.”

The idea is to capture the impression of personality and artistic expression we find here on this micro-blogging platform, which often goes without the benefit of mutual physical presence and representation - and no, an actual photograph of the artist to be portrayed is not required.  That is up to the discretion and feeling of each person individually.

I wanted to see artists capture what they see and feel from other artists, and for artists to perhaps see how they are seen through that similar lens which those that use the title peer at the world through.

I’ve decided the date to join the project by will be March 30th.  If you wish to join in the fun (and this is all for fun.  But don’t disregard the opportunity for some networking, o ho ho), simply send this blog an ask or fanmail, and your url will be added to the roster.  Pairing will be announced April 10th, via private message.

I do hope some of you join in.  In this particular kind of project, the more is very much the merrier.


Portraits at the Stock Exchange  -  Edgar Degas  1878-79

French  1834-1917

Pastel on paper, pieced, and laid down on canvas ,  28 3/8 x 22 7/8 in. (72.1 x 58.1 cm)

This study for an oil painting (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) depicts the financier Ernest May, a collector of Degas’ work, under the portico of the Paris stock exchange. May was thirty-three in 1878, when Degas began the pastel .