This picture. I just had to post it. It’s been all over Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, who knows where else. But this picture is, to me, Richard Armitage. Not a photo shoot, prettyfied man. Just himself. He looks more like a movie star to me in this picture than in any of the Robert Ascroft photoshoot pictures. Which are beautiful, not saying they aren’t. But this candid shot of the man with his hair wet, windblown, no makeup, no wardrobe., just a tacky tee shirt and his beautiful leather jacket, speaks to me in a way none of the Ascroft pictures do.
I wanted to post this picture from a Wellington newspaper,
when it was first published, because it absolutely haunted me. But it was posted so many times all over that I felt it didn’t need to be looked at again. But somehow these candid views of Mr. Armitage in Wellington are knocking my socks off. To me, he looks haunted in the newspaper image, but that might just be the way the camera caught him at that moment. I wouldn’t read more into it than that. But it still haunts me. As does the fan photo of him.
He is such a strong presence in these pictures. Such an utter movie star. Rumpled, not touched up, no makeup or beautiful clothes, but these images speak to me of someone who doesn’t need those things to command attention. The person in these candid shots is not an image that is manipulated by the P.R. machine. You could not orchestrate a more powerful picture.
Since I may never have the opportunity to see Mr. Armitage in Real Life, this is the closest I may get to seeing him as himself. I have often wondered how I could be so obsessed over a man who I have never seen in Real Life, and whose image and words may be presented in a way that may have nothing to do with the real person of Richard Armitage. But in these candid moments, when the actor recedes and the man is who he is for better or worse, I can see the quality that is there. I just love the *real* Mr. Armitage and I am so grateful to have these glimpses of him.
Thanks to fedora lady on thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com for the pictures.