Sunday, July 01, 2007


ID photos are often the most revealing portraits. That's why we're often so unhappy about our driver's license and passport mugshots. Like an emotional poultice, the unflattering light and awkward circumstance in which they're taken draw out a kind of stark, undeniable truth from our faces.
I renewed my driver's license yesterday. I was photographed early in the morning at an RTA office in a suburban mall, without make-up and after a night of little sleep. To my surprise, when I was issued the card, the person in the photograph was someone I really liked. I looked well. I looked happy. I looked at peace.

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