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Old 10-01-2018   #1
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beards...a curiosity

i wonder how many of us here on rff have beards?

also, do we beardos think it shows others that we are creative or more artistic than those clean shaven faces out there?

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Old 10-01-2018   #2
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Helps me not stand out in some places. Fit in to the religous mileu
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Old 10-01-2018   #4
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Years ago, I was talking with a friend who had a beard. I mentioned mine and he promptly corrected me saying "A beard is facial hair whose outline changes the shape of a man's head. What you have is juat facial hair, not a beard."
So, to some, I have a heard, to others I have short facial hair.
Are we getting into the weeds of facial hair semantics?
I keep it because I hate shaving with a razor, it kills my skin (yes I've tried everything.)
As for photography, I don't think it helps nor hinders. I look much like many other 5'10" males in their late 30s and early 40s here in Philly, so it may be urban camouflage...

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Originally, no beard:


'Tis Himself - 1979 by Wigwam Jones, on Flickr

Then, beard:


Konica-2016-02-20-0018_edit by Wigwam Jones, on Flickr

Recently, no beard. Had to squeeze into uniform again. Could not lose 40 pounds overnight, but I could at least get back into grooming standards...


2018-09-09 08.37.12 by Wigwam Jones, on Flickr

My wife thinks I look better with a beard. Not the really long one, but more like this...


FB_IMG_1534712190193 by Wigwam Jones, on Flickr
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In Lancaster County, Pa., beards are very common. I grew mine several years after getting out of the army and have kept it from black to pure white.
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When I left school, I decided that shaving was a waste of time. Seen nothing to change that opinion since.

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I let it grow since a few weeks now.

I mostly was totally shaved or had a small beard on my chin, but now I go for the whole shabang.
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On again, off again.

Currently on.

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I let it grow since a few weeks now.
Perhaps I should keep it growing... otherwise you'll kick me out of this club.
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Old 10-01-2018   #11
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Hmmm, I reckon beards are natural and being clean shaven is unnatural; another word for unnatural is perverted...

The real problem with beards is split ends.

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Hmmm, I reckon beards are natural and being clean shaven is unnatural; another word for unnatural is perverted...
I write this one down.
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I have a beard, and a mustache, or maybe that's just considered part of the beard.

The reason? I am fundamentally a lazy person, as well as a scardey cat. The idea of getting up every morning and putting a razor to my face and neck before I am fully awake sounds like a non starter to me.

Do I think it makes me look more creative or artistic? No, that's what the black beret, black T-shirt, and black pants are for
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Do I think it makes me look more creative or artistic? No, that's what the black beret, black T-shirt, and black pants are for
Also Gauloises cigarettes. Or at least that's what passed for such back in my day.
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Right, gotta have the french cigarettes. If I could find black cigarettes, I would go back to smoking.

By the way, try not shaving for a month or two. No trimming the nose and ears either. This is what we REALLY look like. It's quite a wake up into reality, not the tidied up version of how we look.
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Right, gotta have the french cigarettes. If I could find black cigarettes, I would go back to smoking.

By the way, try not shaving for a month or two. No trimming the nose and ears either. This is what we REALLY look like. It's quite a wake up into reality, not the tidied up version of how we look.
Well yes. Even when I do the ZZ Top beard thing, I still have to shave the neck or it gets all itchy, catches in the threads of my shirt collars, and is generally a hassle. I still have to shave even when I have a larger beard.

Mine also does not grow as thickly as some, but it grows in many places I wish it would not, like directly under my eyes and on my ears. I'm a mutant of some sort, apparently.
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Joe,

Part of my branding is of a "Lazy Slacker" so not shaving is part of my style.

In my 20's I was clean shaven, but that meant I only shaved once a week. Also one reason I first grew a moustach was being a skinny guy with long hair I often got mistaken as a girl.

Being an Asian (Chinese) I get profiled as being Japanese because of my beard, and here in NYC this kinda allows me to be mistaken as a tourist. I shoot with a 28 a lot and perhaps I shoot rather close. I have had many a New Yorker yell at me, "Fxxx-N tourist," when perhaps taking liberties.

Also in Madhattan the culture is messing with tourists has pretty big reprocussions with the police, so I kinda take advantage of this culture street shooting.

I also have buzzed my sideburns for many years. It all started out as a shaving accident with a beard trimmer, and every week the buzzing just got higher and bigger. Now it has become a strong trend: buzzed sides with a pony tail.

So I would call my facial hair "an arrogant chin beard" that identifies me as a creature of the art world. In my case it makes me look like I'm an artist.

Also I think my beard confuses people further because there have been times when I've been called unkind racist names when mistaken as a Latino.

In fact at Grumman when I worked there there was this guy "Max" who was a Latino, who was a fork lift operator in Plant 2. Max also worked at Hempstead Harley and was a full blown biker who rode a hog. Many times I was mistaken for him out in Long Island (Lawn-GUY-Land).

Anyways in my case my beard makes me stand out.

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Does anyone really care whether or not anyone else has a beard? Much less phot0s and descriptions.
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Does anyone really care whether or not anyone else has a beard? Much less phot0s and descriptions.

Look on the bright side. We could be talking about gear!

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Does anyone really care whether or not anyone else has a beard? Much less phot0s and descriptions.
Probably not. Idle curiosity, passes the time, but anyone is free to simply not read it if they find it offensive or boring.
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I used to think that in the 1800's early 1900's men had a hard time getting a shave, no available Bic and 3, 4 or 5 blade disposable razors.
Now I realize it was, and now is again a fashion trend, and I'm the odd man out.
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I have a beard, and a mustache, or maybe that's just considered part of the beard.

The reason? I am fundamentally a lazy person, as well as a scardey cat. The idea of getting up every morning and putting a razor to my face and neck before I am fully awake sounds like a non starter to me.

I shave once a week, on Monday morning. Then I let it grow out the remaining 6 days of the week and repeat the next Monday.
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Hmmm, I reckon beards are natural and being clean shaven is unnatural; another word for unnatural is perverted...
OTOH, doesn't pogonophile also sound quite perverted, like so many other (para)philias?
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I used to think that in the 1800's early 1900's men had a hard time getting a shave, no available Bic and 3, 4 or 5 blade disposable razors.
Now I realize it was, and now is again a fashion trend, and I'm the odd man out.
I have never cared for fashion. I have generally worn a beard since getting out of the Marine Corps in 1985, sometimes shaving when the urge hits me. Longer or shorter, Fu Manchu, Van Dyke, or full beard, whatever I feel like doing. Whether it was the trend or not. That's just me. I have no interest in going along with whatever the current zeitgeist happens to be.
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There is some entertainment value.

My beard has photographic value. In a way it is a a disguise since I get mistaken for others and profiled, and I fully exploit it in my shooting.

Identity has profound meaning for some...

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1977 hippie or rabbi look, take your pick:



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2018 sophisticated traveler look:



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afraid not.... lol

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Clean shaven through around 53ish.

Tried it on and off but it's stuck around this time for over a year. It hides my triple chins easier than exercising and dieting.

When I put my kippah on my wife says I can pass for jewish with ease. I'm not, but my sons are so happy to. It also hides one of my growing bald spots.

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Does anyone really care whether or not anyone else has a beard? Much less phot0s and descriptions.
i care...



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I have a beard... and I`m bald. Once I grew the beard I was no longer suspected of being the police when out photographing in neighborhoods that are suspicious of police. Also, there was a change in my dating life too once I grew the beard. Unfortunately, it has not led to more gallery shows or art super-stardom...hahah.
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I've worn a beard since I was 56 years old. I started growing it after I cut my chin in three places in a row while shaving one morning. I looked at the damage, and I said, "Self, you're 56 years old. You don't have to shave if you don't want to." And I haven't. I keep it trimmed, and sort-of neat looking.

There was an old man with a beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared.
Two owls and a hen, four larks and a wren,
Have all made their nests in my beard."

Edward Lear.

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Had a short one …. well face hair …. in the `80`s but wouldn`t have one again.
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Also, there was a change in my dating life too once I grew the beard.

For the bearder or worse?


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Unfortunately, it has not led to more gallery shows or art super-stardom...hahah.

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Just this little teeny one, now all white.

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I have. Saves me time each morning since I don't have to shave.


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Unfortunately, it has not led to more gallery shows or art super-stardom...hahah.
So much for the artist look.
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...a pony tail.

Ponytail here too. Never could grow much of a beard (too sparce), but the ponytail is long enough I could probably put the end of it in my pants pockets.
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After 40 or so years I have a goatee beard again for the past 5 weeks, not sure that I keep it.
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It's been pretty well established that I'm a lazy sort so, of course, I have a beard. I grew a beard when I was in college in the 60's because...well, hair was a thing back then and a beard kinda went with the shoulder length locks I had. I shaved and got a haircut when I graduated school and started looking for a job. Once I was established in the workplace, the beard returned. I've probably shaved completely a couple of times since then but I've never been bald-faced for very long. Unfortunately the long hair is long gone and what remains has also been going rather quickly these days.

Has anyone else noticed that as you get older the hair on your head stops growing while you begin to grow hair in places you never had it before?
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