I wish they would only take me as I am.

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© james birkbeck
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UploadedNovember 1, 2010
TakenOctober 31, 2010
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Make-up, model, photo: me.
Thanks for all the compliments, and for the Photo of the Week honor.
The issue of the background has been addressed here, and I just wanted to mention that I did originally intend to have a swirly backdrop too, but sadly I ran out of paint after only completing the top of the jacket. And I had no money to buy more paint.
So the next best choice was to go with just a plain background to offset the subject.
I think this actually works though, because it goes well with the title (a quote from Van Gogh himself): take me as I am.

In the Shape Shifting photo essay.

89 responses

  • Chris Sanford

    Chris Sanford (Deleted) gave props (1 Nov 2010):

    Awesome Van Gogh!

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (1 Nov 2010):

    Cool Photo Shop Van Gogh effect! Excellent image.

  • james birkbeck

    james birkbeck said (1 Nov 2010):

    no photoshop. no editing whatsoever. what you see is 2.5 hours of applying make-up and paint.

  • james birkbeck

    james birkbeck said (1 Nov 2010):

    sorry, that should be 2.5 hours of applying make-up, and another 2 hours of painting the clothes.

  • Sara Fields

    Sara Fields (Deleted) gave props (1 Nov 2010):

    What a great idea and an excellent outcome!

  • Paul Andrews

    Paul Andrews gave props (2 Nov 2010):


  • Kriss Mamigo

    Kriss Mamigo said (2 Nov 2010):

    truly an artist....

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    Incredible. Very, very good.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    Awesome! I love it!

  • Simon Sawyer

    Simon Sawyer gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    excellent conception and execution. well done.

  • Howard Seelig

    Howard Seelig gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    I often see photos on JPG and wish that I would have thought of something like that. This is one of those amazing photos. Well done.

  • Eddie J.

    Eddie J. gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    Winner Of this contest

  • Stephanie Smith!

    Stephanie Smith!   gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    This is such an amazing idea! I'm so impressed by this.

  • ♥ Cairenn ♥

    ♥ Cairenn ♥ said (3 Nov 2010):

    !!!**** EXCELLENT ****!!!

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    F A B U L O U S ! ! !

  • Enric Martinez

    Enric Martinez gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    WTF? Very imaginative, good idea!

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    This is awesome. It rocks

  • Cristina Pascu

    Cristina Pascu gave props (4 Nov 2010):

    pure f...genius

  • Chibelle

    Chibelle gave props (4 Nov 2010):

    The blending is beyond amazing!

  • ellie huntress

    ellie huntress gave props (4 Nov 2010):

    holy wow! this is fantastic.

  • alexism

    alexism (Deleted) gave props (4 Nov 2010):

    Love it! I just wish the background was painted in a similar style so the entire composition looked like a painting.

  • james birkbeck

    james birkbeck said (4 Nov 2010):

    thank you. all of you.
    alexis, i too wish the background had been painted, but sadly i ran out of paint after only doing the top of the clothes. and i cannot afford any more paint.

  • Alina Tiplea

    Alina Tiplea said (5 Nov 2010):

    van gogh it's alive..I want to meet him :), beautiful

  • Romy Olarte

    Romy Olarte gave props (5 Nov 2010):

    This is a beauty!

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (6 Nov 2010):

    Fantastic Shot!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (6 Nov 2010):

    Way COOL!

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) gave props (7 Nov 2010):


  • Adel Kafoory

    Adel Kafoory gave props (7 Nov 2010):

    Van Gogh...

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (8 Nov 2010):

    Unbelievable... fantastic!!

  • José Pons

    José Pons gave props (8 Nov 2010):


  • Aimee Quesada

    Aimee Quesada gave props (8 Nov 2010):


  • Bianca Stewart

    Bianca Stewart (Deleted) gave props (9 Nov 2010):

    Outstanding work. I really love the details.

  • Kris Van de Vijver

    Kris Van de Vijver said (10 Nov 2010):

    brilliant is the word

  • Jenny Tañedo

    Jenny Tañedo gave props (10 Nov 2010):

    great job on this! salute!

  • Hal Studholme

    Hal Studholme   gave props (10 Nov 2010):


  • Marcie Rodriguez

    Marcie Rodriguez said (10 Nov 2010):

    That is fabulous.

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak said (10 Nov 2010):

    congrats on photo of the week!

  • Phil Kroll

    Phil Kroll said (10 Nov 2010):

    Great thinking and imagination.. who would of thought of doing this..... great lateral thinking and also well shot. Congrats on breaking out....

  • Stephen Manno

    Stephen Manno said (10 Nov 2010):


  • Mariel Clayton

    Mariel Clayton (Deleted) gave props (10 Nov 2010):

    Wonderful execution!

  • Brendan Tubbs

    Brendan Tubbs said (10 Nov 2010):

    Superb concept. I love ideas like this that show not everything has been thought of.

  • Gail Parker

    Gail Parker   gave props (10 Nov 2010):

    quite superb!!

  • Matt Lovejoy

    Matt Lovejoy gave props (10 Nov 2010):

    Truly incredible. Awesome work!

  • Jeve Mesuwan

    Jeve Mesuwan said (10 Nov 2010):

    Can't Believe My Eyes! - will be perfects if you put the background in!

  • Chaianan Keangs

    Chaianan Keangs said (10 Nov 2010):

    good idea

  • Kevin Woods

    Kevin Woods said (10 Nov 2010):

    Excellent job!!

  • Elisha Frey

    Elisha Frey gave props (10 Nov 2010):

    Amazing photo. Well worth all the time put in to it. My only issue is the background doesn't seem to match. Even still, thank you for sharing.

  • Elisha Frey

    Elisha Frey gave props (10 Nov 2010):

    Amazing photo. Well worth all the time put in to it. My only issue is the background doesn't seem to match. Even still, thank you for sharing.

  • Matthew Lott

    Matthew Lott gave props (10 Nov 2010):

    You, sir, are some kind of genius. Awesome.

  • Collin Ziemer

    Collin Ziemer gave props (10 Nov 2010):

    Excellent setup and delivery!

  • Jim Sincock

    Jim Sincock said (10 Nov 2010):

    Wonderful Image!

  • Maria Amor

    Maria Amor gave props (10 Nov 2010):

    Very original!!!

  • Pasionaria Paez

    Pasionaria Paez said (10 Nov 2010):

    you did it very well!

  • Smadar Shilo

    Smadar Shilo said (11 Nov 2010):

    there's an artist called Alexa Meade who's whole works are with this technuiqe:

  • rory adityawan

    rory adityawan gave props (11 Nov 2010):

    super creative.. !!!! congratulation !!!

  • Maria Kappatou

    Maria Kappatou gave props (11 Nov 2010):


  • Heidi Morris

    Heidi Morris (Deleted) gave props (11 Nov 2010):

    incredible work

  • Aleci

    Aleci said (11 Nov 2010):

    love it...yor titel as well..or to quote your titel in duch.." neem me zoals ik ben"

  • Kim Pollard

    Kim Pollard gave props (11 Nov 2010):

    Like every single thing about this!!!

  • Eric M

    Eric M said (11 Nov 2010):

    love this!

  • Maria Franken M.Gunakar

    Maria Franken M.Gunakar said (11 Nov 2010):

    Everything is intertwined with nature, the meaning of similar .
    Reached it's goal of this photo so that the original of this photo reminds me
    ' Copies recalls that the original '

  • James Pommerening

    James Pommerening gave props (11 Nov 2010):


  • Dominic Kite

    Dominic Kite gave props (12 Nov 2010):

    Very very clever, and very very well taken.

  • Mbego A

    Mbego A gave props (12 Nov 2010):

    Awesome Van Gogh!

  • Anne Berry

    Anne Berry said (12 Nov 2010):

    Haha, only a true artist would not be able to afford paint to finish the backdrop. Well played, sir!

  • Saptarshi Bagchi

    Saptarshi Bagchi gave props (12 Nov 2010):

    Superb ... looks like a reincarnation ...

  • mark yugawa

    mark yugawa gave props (13 Nov 2010):

    oh my goodness, that is fantastic!

  • konstantina gavala

    konstantina gavala gave props (13 Nov 2010):

    a wonderfull work! congrats!

  • Ketty Mora

    Ketty Mora gave props (13 Nov 2010):


  • Ketty Mora

    Ketty Mora said (13 Nov 2010):

    Van Gogh wouldn't have been able to afford more paint, either! :D

  • Daeg Odinson

    Daeg Odinson gave props (13 Nov 2010):

    Bravo, bravo

  • Rajan Medhekar

    Rajan Medhekar said (14 Nov 2010):


  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (15 Nov 2010):

    WOW!! This is awesome!!! Well done!

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker   gave props (15 Nov 2010):

    Very cool - amazing!

  • Leslie Granda-Hill

    Leslie Granda-Hill gave props (15 Nov 2010):

    Love this!

  • Valeria Podoynitsyna

    Valeria Podoynitsyna gave props (15 Nov 2010):


  • alinonblogger

    alinonblogger said (18 Nov 2010):

    you are undoubtedly an artist. the process of creating this photo such as makeup, modeling, and photographing simply indicates that we've introduced to an artistic mind.

  • Dilshad Aroos

    Dilshad Aroos (Deleted) gave props (18 Dec 2010):


  • Robert Clayton

    Robert Clayton said (12 Feb 2011):

    More, we want more of this.

  • BliscoO

    BliscoO said (24 Feb 2011):

    great work..

  • Lisandra Gal

    Lisandra Gal said (3 Oct 2011):

    This is excellent! I am absolutely in love with this photo.

  • %Milena Białek%

    %Milena Białek% (Deleted) gave props (1 Nov 2011):

    Hard to believe there is no photoshopping involved! Amazing shot!

  • Vin Weathermon

    Vin Weathermon   gave props (1 Nov 2011):

    Van Gogh lives....what is particularly amazing here is that you have depicted him as he depicts himself, the Van Gogh style. I'd like to buy you a beer.

  • Cassandre Adams

    Cassandre Adams said (2 Nov 2011):

    This is Awesome

  • Stu

    Stu said (2 Nov 2011):

    Absolutely awesome. I'm a huge Van Gogh fan and this homage is the bee's knees!!

  • Andrew Kelly

    Andrew Kelly gave props (3 Nov 2011):

    Wow. I love this.

  • Joe Marfice

    Joe Marfice gave props (19 Jul 2012):


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