Monday, October 24, 2005

Happy 2nd Anniversary, Me!!

Today is the second anniversary of the first time a portroid was ever taken (by me). October 24, 2003. That seems like a long time ago. Let's reminisce.

I started portroids as a means of documenting my life. In two years I have had a chance to take portroids of almost all of my friends, almost all of my family (including both of my maternal grandparents, who have since both passed away), tons of celebrities, a few strangers (who have since become friends), co-workers, and a portroids fan (which is such a weird concept to me - a portroid of someone I would've never had a portroid of if it wasn't for portroids - self-propagating, I love it!).

I am so grateful for all the opportunities I've had over the past two years. I mean, it's insane that I've gotten to meet so many people I respect and idolize. At the first anniversary of portroids, I wouldn't have believed the portroids I took in the past year. I feel truly blessed.

In Year 1, I took 168 portroids (not all of which were posted - so don't go counting).
In Year 2, I took 99 portroids (not all of which were posted - count if you insist - you'll be disappointed).

In Year 3, I am going to be even more ambitious. No more 40.5% portroid attrition. Let's get more portroids this year than any prior year!! I may even resort to duplicating portroid subjects (I've done it before, so it's not beneath me) from prior years. People change, let's capture that on film!

I already started a Year 3 project (I'm ambitious). It's called Self-Portroids. Here's the first image from the series. It's me (of course). Maybe it will be all portroids of me, or maybe I'll convince other people to take their own portroid (with my camera, with me there - let's not get crazy with everyone in the world thinking they are freelance portroid artists - I mean, c'mon).

Celebrity portroids are an important part of why my hit count went from 10/mo to 10,000/mo. I know where my bread is buttered (on both sides!) and I plan to continue in this great tradition.


Here are my top ten celebrity portroid goals for Year 3 (in no particular order):

UPDATED (03/11)

1. A previously missed portroid (someone I saw, but didn't get a portroid of) - ACCOMPLISHED 11/04 - Greg Behrendt
2. A cast member from the TV show LOST.
3. Someone associated with the Lord of the Rings films - ACCOMPLISHED 10/27 - Alan Lee
4. Someone associated with the original Star Wars films - ACCOMPLISHED 12/11 - Ian McDiarmid
(the last three have made me appear, quite correctly, as kind of a geek)
5. A musical legend in their field/genre. ACCOMPLISHED 03/11 - Russell Simmons
6. Another cast member from Arrested Development ACCOMPLISHED 03/10 - Jeffrey Tambor
7. An unportroided member of The State (I have 5 of 11 already).
8. An author who's work I admire.
9. An actor or director on a film set.
10. An up-and-coming comedian.


OK, those are my goals. Now here's the challenge. Send me your suggestions for who I should try to portroid (as a verb?) in the coming year. You can send specific names, or general categories (as I did above). I will pick ten from all the submissions to post as Top Ten Fan Favorite Portroid Challenges for Year 3. Get to work. The year has begun!!

Congratulations (to me) on Year 2's completion and Year 3's commencement!

I can't wait to hear from you.

Waiting,
Rick
portroids@hotmail.com

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Fantroid!

A new portroids section, or concept, or robotic-sounding amalgam (or whatever you will) has been created. I mean, the section hasn't actually been created yet, but it will be ... soon. It's Fantroids! Portroids of fans of portroids who have no other connection to me other than their fandom of all that is portroids. It's complicated, but just go with it.

Over the years I've received many an e-mail. Some of those e-mails include a message the likes of: "There should be a portroid of me." And I agree. There should be a portroid of you, stranger.

I often reply with this very sentiment. And until recently, no one has taken me up on the challange ... until recently.

On September 30, I received one of my typical e-mails: you're so great, I love your site, how did you get to be so awesome, there should be a portroid of me (the content of the e-mail has been changed to protect the intellectual property of the sender as well as to exaggerate the praise toward me).

In my typical fashion, I replied to the effect of "glad you like the site, you're right there should be a portroid of you, where do you live, maybe someday I'll be in your town, I agree I'm awesome, blah, blah, blah."

In typical fashion, my reply was met with silence. Happens all the time.

Time passes.

Time comes for my weekly ego-search. Yahoo.com search portroids. What have we here? Some new links of people talking about portroids. I click a new one and I'm brought to a blog entry written on September 30 by the same person who e-mailed me. Being the gracious person I am, I post a comment on her blog thanking her for the mention. I also notice that she only lives about 40 minutes from me and I tell her so. Suddenly a fantroid becomes a possibility.

After another blog post, comment, e-mail, e-mail, blog post, e-mail, an arrangement is made for the very first fantroid to be taken. She and her husband will be coming to my town to do whatever it is people do when they come to my town (shop and eat and walk around and stuff, I guess) on Sunday, October 16. We make a plan to meet.

OK, by now you've probably guessed that we did indeed meet and I took portroids and about three minutes and an exciting dog/squirrel chase later, portroids history was made.

So ladies and gentlemen, I'm proud to present the very first (and maybe last?) FANTROID!!!!


This is Beth. I also took a portroid of her husband, Sam, but I don't know if he's a fan, so he doesn't get the substitute "fan" over the commonplace "por" to make "portroids" "fantroids". He does get to be on the site though, so if you want to see his picture, I'm not stopping you. It's here. See? I even made it easy for you. I'm nothing if not an enabler.

So, that's it.

That's it,

Rick

portroids@hotmail.com