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Me By Zo

Zoetica Ebb cranked this shot off in the back of a cab crossing London last week. I hate all photos of me. I hate this one slightly less than I hate other photos of me. I hate having my photo taken. Consider this my trying to rid myself of a phobia. Please also bear in mind that I hadn’t had a decent night’s sleep in three weeks and was full of whisky at the time.

Thanks, Zo.


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  1. PoingCritter


    I have a photo of you drawing genitals on a stuffed frog if that helps….

  2. Excellent shot, Zo’s talent always amazes me. The soft blurring of the background that makes your face stand out is very well done, so is the composition. And quit whining, you look fine. If I was full of whisky and sleep-deprived I wouldn’t even be able to find the damn camera.

    It seems you’re very fond of that jacket, too.

  3. Zo


    No, thank you. This is one of my favorite portraits ever now.

  4. RMC


    Serious whiskey eyes, man. Good picture though. Worse have been taken in the back of a black cab.

  5. chris cain

    chris cain

    You sir are my hero. I don’t think I have ever taken a picture as focused or coherent while full of any alcohol… let alone whisky.

  6. Zo – that is a very good portrait shot. The focus on the face is great, and the bokeh is just enough so that the soft focus behind the face is not too distracting. Wonderful portraiture!

    Warren – you look great! I have a similar hatred of having my photo taken, but you honestly look very handsome, in a wise, sagely way here. You should use this as your mugshot for dust jackets and stuff. Nice!

  7. David


    And you can pretend to have hair ;P

  8. Ahoj


    As being a reader for the past 7 years I have to ask, how is sleep deprivation and whiskey filled different from your normal state of being?

  9. Your eyes are filled with the sadness of wisdom. A good advertisement for whisky if I’ve ever seen one.

  10. Joel


    Your beard, writer, is ridiculous. I want one.

  11. Emi


    Mhm, the eyes were the first thing I noticed… strange but soulful they are. Rest up Ellis, you deserve it!

  12. mike black

    mike black

    There’s an inky blackness in those eyes. The type of blackness that states “Yes, my dear, I am a thing from the great unfathomable deep. Yes, I am here to eat your heart.”

  13. It’s always bizarre to see the voice of Warren Ellis made tangible. Reading thousands of posts creates this weird contrast between the voice of the net and the fact that you do – in fact – exist somewhere in the world.

  14. “Please also bear in mind that I hadn’t had a decent night’s sleep in three weeks and was full of whisky at the time.”

    Is there ever a time when that’s NOT true?

  15. Alex Nuan

    Alex Nuan

    I like it. It makes you look like a modern incarnation of Merlin who has to take a cab to get to the important battles.

  16. James Bong

    James Bong

    That picture makes you look sad… sort of like how I looked after I was forced to destroy my mail box (I had to do it, It was spreading terrible lies about me.)

    I agree that this photo would be a good whiskey advertisement, but I also think it would work equally well as an advertisement for alcoholics anonymous.

  17. Owen


    Excellent Writer’s Beard.

  18. Will


    It seems like most of the pics of yourself that you like also look like you’re about to snort lightning out of your snoot. Or maybe the omnipresent Odinic beard is just screwing with my internal keravnometer.

  19. This is one of the most perfect photographic compositions I have ever seen. Maybe it was the whiskey, but you look completely at ease in this shot (not to mention stunningly handsome).

  20. Really wonderful photo. Trust me, if you had *my* face, you’d *really* hate being photographed. No angle makes me look good. Only total darkness. Eh, how life is.

  21. Tanya


    Great photo, you look fantastic Ellis, suck it up! Kudos to Zo

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