I’m Not Exactly The Mona Lisa (More Like Lisa Simpson Most Days)

Oh dear…

The Skeptic Friends network have a fun little quiz going on and apparently “Half Mooner” believes my pose in a photo was done with a certain misson in mind:

Note: The original of the photo I got for the face above amazed me. The photographer used the exact pose and lighting of Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” masterpiece painting, except the photo was a mirror image of the painting. 

I’m certain this was intentional. I thought of Mona Lisa immediately when I saw the photograph. It turned out to be the easiest image that I ever had to paste into another.

The answer is no. It wasn’t intentional. It’s just what I look like, as immodest as that sounds.

Besides, the original (from 2010) not only has me facing another way, I’m in modern dress, seated in a bright red chair…:

Here’s a more recent picture, where I am facing the right way, but this photo hasn’t featured online yet:

When I’m not engaged in such rare moments of photo-posing (while thinking about how much caffeine it requires me to go anywhere near a photo shoot), I usually look like this:

Lisa del Giocondo wouldn’t be seen in respectable company wearing a shirt with “Robo” in Japanese, holding a MacBook – and as for the two-tone Converse sneakers…!

Thanks to Skeptic Friends forum for giving me a laugh before conducting an interview at a very early hour of the morning!

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • http://boldquestions.wordpress.com Ubi Dubium

    Now I’m going to have to try that! I’ve been using the Pirate Mona Lisa as an avatar for years, and it’s not a bad likeness of me (perhaps in my slightly younger days though.) And my kids can do Photoshop. But that would mean getting in front of a camera, ew.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      I’ve found three cappuccinos do the trick, with photo shoots? I learned that after having to deal with panic attacks, about ten years ago. Panic attacks no longer occur, but I still get a craving for coffee in the place of things that make me nervous!

  • Aliasalpha

    You think Giocondo would have been a Windows gal?

    • Kylie Sturgess

      She’d use a quantum computer and manipulate the qubits with her mind, just like Doctor Who.

      • Aliasalpha

        Oh so she’d ramble on with technobabble at a hundred words a second, perform convenient plot-magic and then say she’ll explain how it works later (and more importantly, offscreen)

        Damnit, now I want to watch Dr Who but its 3am…

  • F

    That photohack about crosses the uncanny valley, and makes you look a bit like Claudia Christian to boot.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      I loved Babylon 5, but was always more of a Claudia Lee Black fan (or Vala Mal Doran, to be accurate)!

      • F

        Ooh. Claudia Black. Don’t get me started.

        I am a huge B5 fan, but due to reasons of history, I think of Chistian’s bit in The Hidden first when I think of her. Possibly because it was such an odd film and the first place I’d seen her. Not a terribly good part for her, though.

  • Kylie Sturgess

    By the way – NEW RESEARCH!


    “Your best side may be your left cheek, according to a new study by Kelsey Blackburn and James Schirillo from Wake Forest University in the US. Their work shows that images of the left side of the face are perceived and rated as more pleasant than pictures of the right side of the face, possibly due to the fact that we present a greater intensity of emotion on the left side of our face.”