crowd-sourcing my avatar selection, version 2.0

Four hundred sixty some odd days ago, I sat down for a portrait session with Tyson Crosbie. Of the hundred or so shots that were taken, a soft edit set of 16 images were uploaded to Flickr and opened for comments. I asked a public, comprised of my online communities of friends and followers, to tell me which image they most connected with as a representation of Ms. Herr.

And I’m at it again.

Seven days ago, Tyson and I got together to capture a new body of images. In his process, a session is driven by three words chosen by the subject as articulating what they want the final portrait to portray.

MHwo_avatar_touch joy rogue

These are my words, chosen after significant personal reflection, chosen because they distill not only who I am, but also how I aspire to engage the world around me.

The soft edit set for this session will go went live on Flickr today. Comments will be open for people to select their favorite(s) and provide critical feedback. Which one(s) most genuinely conveys my character? My aspirations? My human dimensionality? Which one captures my words? Which one connects?

I hope you’ll help me choose.

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  1. #1 by Ken (@teleken) on August 14, 2009 - 11:07 am

    Heather –

    Face shot, you sitting on the swings, looking into camera. That nails it. 🙂


  2. #2 by Bonnie on August 14, 2009 - 2:39 pm


    First selected it because the notion to crowd-source seems to be very in touch with others’ impressions.

    Then, I got over to the photos you crowd-sourced and you have a vibrant quality, texture (so back to sensory, “touch” & I was certain.)

    Am really intrigued, was doubtful at first, but maybe one word can capture human essence.


  3. #3 by tysoncrosbie on August 14, 2009 - 2:50 pm

    Thanks Heather!

    A link to the set.

  4. #4 by Munkiedad on August 15, 2009 - 5:30 pm

    the one where you’re jumping. something with graphics contrast and action. someone with 10K+ tweets is hard to imagine sitting still!

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