Sometimes the story behind a photo is even more interesting than the picture itself.
This is the photo that ran with today's Indianapolis Star story about the Bilerico Project. For some reason, they don't put the photos online - just the story. I put some thought into this photo, so I wanted to share what Alex and the Sneeze had to do with it.
First, notice the jacket. It's not mine. It's Alex's. I also wore it for my date with noted Indiana right-winger Ryan McCann a while back. Alex left it at the house one day while we were working on the site and then moved to France without collecting it. (Funny aside: When I wore it to the Ryan date, Alex tells me, "You'd better not give me back my jacket smelling like smoke and Christian.")
Since Alex couldn't be a part of the story, I at least wanted him to be a part of the picture.
The t-shirt is for the theoretical rock band I'm in. It's called The Tree Brains. Jerame is in it too, but his shirt is blue. Once you form a band and you get t-shirts, your cool credibility shoots the roof. My friend Steve started the band, but you can join too if you'd like. You don't have to be able to play an instrument, just act like a rock star.
Steve is the author of the hugely popular humor site The Sneeze. I'm a huge fan of his site, so I made sure to order a t-shirt when he had them available. Steve has featured various people wearing his t-shirts in public (one of the Mythbusters guys, for example). I thought I'd wear his shirt to give a shoutout to one of my favorite blogs.
So for a photo for the main stream media, I decided to make subliminal nods to a fellow editor and another blogger just so I could link to the photo and share the story on my blog. Instead the main stream media didn't make it blogger friendly so I had to cut a copy of the photo out of the paper and scan it. *sigh*
Just for the record: Matt Kryger, the Star photographer, was one of the nicest and funniest guys around. I really enjoyed my short amount of time with him. I explained what I wanted to do and he worked with me to get the perfect shot.
The photo was taken at Urban Elements, one of my favorite restaurants here in Indy. They have wireless access and I work there quite often during the day. In fact, I pitched Alex and Jen about coming on board bilerico.com at Urban Elements.