Pictures Of Ryan

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This is my boyfriend, Ryan.

A lot of bloggers hide their partners from their blogs. Whilst I respect and understand the reasons for doing so, I don’t want you to picture my boyfriend as a blank canvas or shadowy figure – the way I sometimes do when other people’s partners are mentioned without being shown. Ryan contributes to this blog in so many ways: listening to drafts, sharing articles, taking photos and holding fiery conversations with me, the embers of which often turn into posts. He deserves a portrait of his own on this digital wall.

Ryan is tall, thin and very striking. Most people are initially taken aback when they meet him; strangers stare and friends only stop commenting after they’ve seen him a few times. But in photos it’s different. The camera absorbs the initial shock, and you can appreciate the angles of his face and the copper in his hair without being overwhelmed by his tallness. His height means he is constantly framed by trees and clouds and sky: the best of all backdrops. Ryan is sometimes insecure about the way he looks – not something I’ve encountered in many of the boys I’ve dated, but I suppose when people so often gawp at his frame or comment on his complexion it’s understandable. He winds up taking the piss out of himself; pre-empting the ginger jokes and mocking his impressive stature.

I think he is particularly wonderful-looking: all sharp lines and floppy hair, endless freckles and massive jade eyes. I wish he could embrace it instead of looking away when I reach for the camera, instead of always refusing to smile and asking me to delete photos of him.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while then you’ll recognise all of these backgrounds from previous posts*. Ryan has been sharing the same space as me for a while now in the real world, and now I invite you to picture him whenever you imagine this blog world. Thank you for hopefully not leaving an onslaught of ginger jokes in the comments. <3

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* For those of you who enjoy re-contextualising. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

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6 thoughts on “Pictures Of Ryan

  1. tetris&cheesecakes says:

    Ryan is awesome! The image that sticks in my head of him is standing at Columbia Road Market, almost shyly asking for permission to give someone’s fluffy dog a wee cuddle. I think he spent like ten minutes just scratching that pup’s belly, and they both had matching blissful looks on their faces. <3 xxx

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  2. Marneymae says:

    Im glad that you’ve found a twin-lovely-being to be in this world with.
    (And for the record, I know no ginger jokes. At all.)
    Beauty is beauty, no matter what colors beauty shows up in.

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  3. denisesplanet says:

    I think it was such a sweet post, showing Ryan, since he is part – and an important one – of the blog! I think he is handsome and I can picture you two together and you two look great! I just can’t meet you two because you mentioned ginger jokes, I mention “ant” jokes – I am very short :) And about ginger, I don’t have the same color, but in person and bright days, my hair is red-dish – and even I heard jokes as well. So, don’t worry about that :) so nice to read your posts!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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