Face of the Day – 9.4

Today’s face of the day is Nat Hefferman


For a few years I worked at Davies Murphy Group (nee SparkSource); first in Lexington and then in Burlington. One of the people I worked with their was Bobbie Carlton. Nat is Bobbie’s husband.

Nat and I only met a few times and never talked much, which is too bad. One of the things Bobbie used to talk about about Nate was his music. Nat is a brass/woodwind guy – plays bassoon and some anachronistic horn I think. What I’m curious about is the horn and the group he plays it in. For some reason I think (probably incorrectly) it’s an old time brass band.

As someone who plays in a string band I like efforts to preserve (but still interpret) music from the past. The next time I see Nat perhaps we can talk about music for a bit. This picture is from the last time we met (almost four years old) so it might be a while . . .

Face of the Day – 8.27

Today’s Face of the day is Mr. Willingham.


Perhaps you wonder why he receives an honorific when no other photos do. It’s because he was one of my teachers at The New Hampton School. I was only at New Hampton for my senior year (though I wish it had been longer) and had a great time. It’s been a long time since I graduated and some of the specifics are lost on me; like what class I had with Mr. Willingham for example. What I do remember is being in a play with him (but not what play . . .).

I took this photo four years ago during a reunion weekend. Mr. Willingham was no longer teaching and had morphed into Fred. A group of former students spent some time with him at the school and at his house. What’s funny is that he hadn’t really changed at all. He looked pretty much as I remembered him.

What I like about this picture is the expression on his face and the color.

Face of the Day: 7-29

Today’s face is a man on the street.

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Last week I included the face of a woman with amazing eyebrows I’d photographed following a geocaching event. Today’s photo is a man seen the week before as Sheila and I were putting the routes together. He was sitting on a wall in front of the Landmark Center over near Fenway Park.

We stopped and talked with him for a while about what we were doing, what he was doing, the weather, nothing much. It turned out he worked at a Barnes & Noble out near where I live and I ended up bumping into him there after taking this photo. He was totally friendly. When I asked if I could tak his picture he said sure and proceeded to put on his camera face.

It’s an odd thing that so many guys want to look angry/sullen when they have their pictures taken. That wasn’t how this guy was at all when we talked. He was animated, smiling, laughing – until the camera came out. In my 1000faces project there are dozens of examples of men who switch from their normal look to something akin to this for pictures. People have suggested all different reasons for the transformation but I still don’t understand it.

Anyway, that’s today’s face. Let me know if you have ideas about “guy camera face.”

Daily Dozen – Guys with Goatees

When I did that sculpted set the other day I looked at all my sets to see what other facial hair sets I might have done in the past. I assumed I’d done goatees because it’s the most common facial hair out there. It turns out it’s the ONLY facial hair that I haven’t included in a Daily Dozen. So strange. Today’s set remedies the situation. It’s only 12 photographs but trust me, I could probably do 120 without blinking an eye. In today’s set I’ve tried to capture the classic goatee (which technically doesn’t include a mustache) as well as the far more common goatee and mustache combo. If there are other really obvious sets I’ve missed let me know!

Face - smiling man with a goatee
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Jonathan Richman
Face - smiling man with goatee
Face - @gregpc - hey, that's MY awesome face!
Face - man with a goatee, glasses and a hat


Over the past ten years I’ve mostly had hair on my face. For nine years it was a full beard. Here’s a brief history of my beards:

This was the short version of my standard beard. I generally went with this as a summer look – but to be honest, I think it was too short.

This was the mid-length version and it was good for most situations. Not to scant, not too bushy – technically I suppose it was just right.

This was about as long as my beard ever got. Long was my favorite version but I was just about the only person that thought so. After more than nine years, I decided to surprise everyone by taking the whole thing off. This was how I looked when I first shaved:

The consensus was that I look younger without a beard. I guess that’s true. I was getting pretty grey.

Not content to leave well enough alone though I started growing new beards almost right away.

First just a standard goatee.

Then an absurdly thin mustache. (It lasted a few weeks but never did much for anyone.)

Next came the goatee and mustache with missing middle. Just a little bit of hair up around my mouth. I thought it was pretty cool – but again I was clearly in a minority.

Finally I had what might be the silliest beard ever. I was trying to imagine what facial hair might look like in the future and decided that the future was now! I wanted something subtle and understated but that would still stand out in the facial hair universe. This is what I came up with:

The comments were not favorable. Here’s just a few:

“I can’t even look at you like that.”
“I’m thinking prison movie . . .”
“It looks like you were doing an art project.”
“Is that the 13th step?”

Not being entirely a fool, I decided it was time to go back to square one so I shaved:

I’ll be starting a new one soon but have decided to give my friends – and my follicles – a break. Don’t worry though, there’ll be more in the future.