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UploadedNovember 17, 2008
TakenOctober 14, 2008
Exposure1/250 sec at f/4
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Focal Length5.9 mm
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Painter and Photographer Merkley??? on the front steps of his studio, San Francisco CA. When I emailed him the file his response was "I look drunk. Cool!"

Merkley's page

Ricoh GR II in square format setting

34 responses

  • Harry Snowden

    Harry Snowden (Deleted) gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    Very cool portrait......

  • Jeff Zell

    Jeff Zell gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    Love the expression on his face.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr said (16 Nov 2008):

    Jeff, when I emailed him the file his response was "I look drunk. Cool!"

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    "Cool!" That's hilarious.

  • Simon Kossoff

    Simon Kossoff (Deleted) gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    Great portrait - he looks like Jim Morrison!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    Ohh I need this camera...wonderful composition!

  • Dima P

    Dima P said (16 Nov 2008):

    the man, the legend :D
    nice shot!

  • Nasera S.

    Nasera S. gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    Well done :)

  • Llorenç Rosanes

    Llorenç Rosanes (Deleted) gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    Fantastic portrait!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    This is a great well done portrait. You could read many things in his expression!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    Great portrait!! Well done!!!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    Outstanding! Grey tone range and quirky pose make this so good!

  • Trish Meyer

    Trish Meyer (Deleted) gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    Great shot. Love the facial expression:)

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi gave props (17 Nov 2008):


  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (18 Nov 2008):

    quite interesting, have you seen any of his paintings or photographs or whatever?

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr said (18 Nov 2008):

    Thank you all for your so kind comments! Yes, I've seen his work - mostly quirky, surreal, hilarious nudes - and I think it's great.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (18 Nov 2008):

    Fantastic work...

  • Slimeface

    Slimeface gave props (23 Nov 2008):

    I like it!!

  • Alexander Bussey

    Alexander Bussey gave props (2 Dec 2008):

    I love that man's expression. nice beard too.

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (4 Dec 2008):

    This is somewhat surreal itself! Nice work.

  • shanolyno

    shanolyno said (22 Jan 2009):

    Love this. Yhinking of buying this camera, results look great here

  • Raymond John

    Raymond John   gave props (6 Feb 2009):

    Love the shoes

  • Nicoler Bowlers

    Nicoler Bowlers said (16 Feb 2009):

    after going through many many of your photos i went back to this one because i have noticed that you are very good at capturing the moment ...and this moment it very beautiful, peaceful and surreal

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 May 2009):

    Merkley magic.

  • Joel MacPherson

    Joel MacPherson gave props (12 May 2009):

    great shot!

  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (12 May 2009):

    Drunk, perhaps, but I think he's a very pretty person who obviously believes in Velcro. :D

  • Angelo Speach

    Angelo Speach said (27 Aug 2009):

    I met Merkley??? last week...

    This guy is, "as cool as the bottom of my pillow".

    I bought his book, which is "badass", and the whole world will know of his creative ideas one day, he just may be dead....

    Sorry Merkley, that is sorta' the pattern.... Great Artists/Die/Famous

  • Gerard sexton

    Gerard sexton (Deleted) said (15 Oct 2009):

    Looks a real loon (my mate from Detroit told me everyone from Calif is a loon) ;) I just love this its showing his ego & his vulnerability all in one oh & yes his cookieness if there is such a word. How are you? I am going back into full time employment my cameras need to cool down! Cheers my friend Gerry.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr said (15 Oct 2009):

    Gerry, that's funny! Well, Merkley??? is DEFINITELY from California. He's also a really great artist, if you don't know his work you should check it out (unless scantily clad girls offend you)

  • Haakon Sheffield

    Haakon Sheffield (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2009):

    siiiiiiiiiick!!!!!! Merkley's photo's are a LOT like David LaChappelle

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    At first I thought he was a serial killer.....y'know, the one from San Francisco ~ then, I read what you said and went to the site. Awesome ~ ! I agree with Hakon - reminds me of LaChappelle.

  • MaYa Sinji Jung 정신지

    MaYa Sinji Jung 정신지 gave props (31 Dec 2009):

    love his sneakers. :-)

  • Dwayne John

    Dwayne John gave props (28 Jan 2010):

    Old guy sneakers. Nice

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (2 Jun 2010):

    Love the lack of colour. The mood created is superb by the composition & the fact that Merkley looks drunk, lol..

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