Well, Steanso's photo experiment has met with mixed reviews. Larry Lee Thweatt, longtime hermano of Steanso, believes that the pictures take away from the overall mystery and message of The Adventures (see the comments section attached to Cassidy's picture). I understand what he's saying. Steanso has also had experiences with what L.T. calls "the D.J. effect" in which you get used to imagining a voice, a writer, or a singer in a particular way, and then you finally see a picture of them and it blows the whole thing to pieces. The mystique of the disembodied voice lets our imagination fill in the blanks in whatever way we deem appropriate. I like that effect, and it's part of the reason I'm so down on all of these reality shows on MTV that follow performers around and tell you every detail about their lives. I remember the days when I would just stare at vinyl record albums and try to imagine what kind of crazy people could have possibly recorded the sounds on the record.
On the other hand, Steanso has a tremendous love of photography and the feelings and moods that it evokes. I'm definitely not saying that my own photographs always manage to pull this off, but my favorite photographs are ones that carry more information about the subject than just a reproduction of a surface image. I like pictures let you know something about the person in them, rather than just blandly showing you the person's face. The pictures which I posted were all taken on prior occasions with a regular old 35 mm camera and were scanned into the computer (meaning they weren't just digital camera snapshots that were taken just to be thrown up on the blog).
Anyway, I definitely wasn't planning on making the photos a daily part of The Adventures (mostly because that would mean more work for me), but I was thinking that I might include some of my favorite shots from time to time, mostly because personally, I like photographs.
I'm definitely going to avoid posting pictures of myself (I clearly need to keep some mystique going in that department), but maybe I'll leave it an open question for other readers and see what kind of reaction I get to the picture question. So post your comments people. Pictures or no pictures? What do you think?