In my “skin wars” John Porter image that I manipped yesterday (original left, manip right) for a future original fiction story illustration of mine–Richard Armitage being my muse and always part of my “dream” cast–I healed his torso wound and removed the bandage, I sampled his abs (I wish!), I removed the rotator cuff surgery scar that Porter had, and I also actually rounded up Richard Armitage’s head of hair because the shot had lopped off the top of RA’s head. Photoshop is wonderful, isn’t it?
But RA going “topless” seems to happen alot with photographers and cinematographers–especially in the BBC series Spooks in which Richard Armitage portrayed Master Spy Lucas North for Series 7-9. Ha! Mr. Armitage’s head being lopped off in extreme close-ups became almost a “signature” element of the visuals of the show–along with the blue lighting and backgrounds complementing his blue eyes.
So what follows are some not so random categorizations of Lucas lopped off head tops in close-up images..
Do they think that after seeing Richard Armitage’s noble nose, his long fingers, and slight smile (image far left lower) that also seeing the top of his head would make us swoon? Well, they might be right. Ha! But I still want to see the hair “on” his head–even if it is shorn close to his scalp.
This image above–with the most extreme close-up that contains only Richard Armitage as Lucas North’s eyes and nose–really takes the notion to the extreme. Though it must be said, that Mr. Armitage’s expressive eyes are beautifully showcased in this picture.
Yet, there are some screen cap shots where all of RA’s head can be seen (Heaven!)–not to mention the rest of him:
So, I say we start a campaign urging photographers and cinematographers to stop lopping off RA’s head in their close-up shots. We could call ourselves, the “Friends of RA’s Top”. The mostly PG-13 nature of this blog caused me to reconsider my original word choice, lest it be misconstrued. Ha!
We are Global Team Armitage!
Cheers! Grace ;->
P.S. And if you can’t tell that I’m being completely facetious, then you need to lighten up. Ha!
Nota Bene: All images of Richard Armitage as John Porter (with Shaun Parkes) in Chris Ryan’s Strike Back Series 1 (2010) and Spooks Series 7-9 (2008-2010) are courtesy of RANet, www.RichardArmitageNet.com at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/gallery.html