Big Brandon is Watching You

Big Brandon is Watching You

Another assignment from a Photoshop class last year, depicting the mug of yours truly. Recently I’ve debated with myself over whether I wanted to display a revised self-portrait on the Internet. When I did show off my photographed likeness online in the past, I’ve had people mock my appearance since I didn’t exactly fit conventional beauty standards for men. On the other hand, when I didn’t show off my selfies, they’ll still make certain incorrect assumptions about who I am. For example, you’ll be surprised at how many people have confused me for an African-American, even calling me the n-word, without knowing about my blue eyes or blond hair.

This kind of stylized portrait is a compromise between these two extremes. It shows some contours of my facial features but not so many other details to make me look as ugly.

Portrait of Cleopatra VII

Portrait of Cleopatra VII

It’s been a while since I last did a photo-manipulation. This is supposed to represent Cleopatra VII, the last and most famous of Egypt’s Ptolemaic rulers. For her face I used a photo of the actress Zoe Saldana, but I darkened her skin to counteract the usual media procedure of digitally “whitening up” actress’s complexions. The headdress obviously comes from a modern fantasy costume, but I believe the necklace actually does originate from Late Period Egypt.

Lupita Nyong’o as Hatshepsut

Pharaoh Photo-ManipI put most of this photo-manipulation together last year, but I am still proud of how it came out even if it isn’t original artwork. For this I used Tutankhamun’s famous sarcophagus mask and the beautiful Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o (of 12 Years a Slave fame). If Hollywood is ever going to do a biopic for the Egyptian Pharaoh Hatshepsut, I say they should pick Ms. Nyong’o for the title role. We need a movie about African history that doesn’t center on slavery or civil rights.