Reaction to Skype’s Laughter Chain

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jun 06 2010

Category: self portrait

1 Comment

Focal Length:40mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Finger on the Cheek

In searching for project ideas I realized there’s a lot of genuine laughter that comes from watching crap on YouTube. Given my disdain for fake smiles, I thought I’d go ahead and try shooting myself in the throes of uncontrollable laughter. The videos of choice? Other people laughing, of course. I was watching “reaction” videos mostly, where people record themselves or friends reacting to particularly funny moments in more famed videos. That was pretty good, but I eventually moved on to the infamous “Skype Laughter Chain” (click here). I think this could expand into a larger project given the great expressions that people involuntarily display in such laughter.

I had the camera on a stack of books (my tripod is currently being used as my closet, just moved rooms), a flash on my monitor, and a remote in my hand. Not ideal, but alas, enough to make some test shots.

I adjusted the color quite a bit. I’m not sure what landed me on this, but … I suppose I like it/no other looks were really working for me.

Finally, I’ll point out the hand. It looks so calm and still compared to the madness above. I like how the lines on my palm are blacked out.


One comment on “Reaction to Skype’s Laughter Chain”

  1. I think this is one of your best self portraits. Gritty. I love the lighting, the way the light plays on your nose, outlines your hand and is captured by your hair, brows and individual eyelashes. I like that slightly overexposed look of the high lighted areas.

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