Photos of readers

Again, this entry empties the photo tank. Send in yours or I’ll shoot this cat!

So, today’s reader is Barry Lyons, whose words are indented:

I’m a writer and a freelance copy editor, and my work, such as it is these days, takes place in my small but not-too-cramped studio in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. When I decided to update my profile photo on Twitter, I thought it would be fun to put up an “arty” photo where I would not look into the camera. I like how it turned out (though I ought to reshelve some of those books), but then Gareth, who goes by the name @1stClown on Twitter, decided to turn me into digital art—and his rendering of me now serves as my profile photo.


Digital me:



  1. Claudia Baker
    Posted July 1, 2020 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    This is very cool.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted July 1, 2020 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      I agree! There are no pics of me anywhere on the internet, but I might allow one if it was like this.

      • Posted July 2, 2020 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

        Aw c’mon Heather, you’re lovely 😊

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted July 11, 2020 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

          Thanks Colin. However, I look in the mirror and I want to see what I saw 30 years ago. I was taught that it was my only value as a woman, and it’s stuck pretty deep.

  2. Posted July 1, 2020 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Have you noticed how discerning, good looking, AND intelligent WEIT readers are?! 👍

  3. Teresa Carson
    Posted July 1, 2020 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Your original photo is quite lovely, but the arty/artsy version is fabulous!

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    That is very arty. A writer should probably tell us what they write about. Maybe a technical writer.

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 1, 2020 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Lookin’ a bit mid-career Harry Dean Stanton-ish (one of my favorite character actors ever) in those pics, Barry:

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted July 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      Could be right. Just saw him in an old Gunsmoke the other day.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted July 1, 2020 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

        He made everything he was in, better.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted July 1, 2020 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    It doesn’t take long to make a big mess outta books. I finally have a large library, so that problem isn’t as nearly as bad as it used to be.
    Though both photos are great, the digitized one is cooler and I think you made a good choice for your profile.

  7. Posted July 1, 2020 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Reminds me of Schrodinger’s cat. Or in this case, it can’t decide or, at least, choosing on its own if it’s going to die.

  8. Ruthann L. Richards
    Posted July 1, 2020 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely love the accumulation of books–looks just like most rooms in my house! Too much to read, too little time to do it.

  9. Posted July 1, 2020 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Very cool!

  10. rickflick
    Posted July 1, 2020 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Both nice images.

  11. Posted July 1, 2020 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Very cool, mate!
    From one downtown (Chelsea) underemployed writer/ pet owner to another uptown one.
    best regards,
    D.A., J.D., NYC

  12. Posted July 6, 2020 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    I like the way the new picture looks.

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