Photo poses: a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Photo poses

Photo poses

Remember the good old days before selfies and bombarding your friends with photos of food was a thing? Ian Gunn lived before digital cameras were common so these photo poses hearken back to an era when OTHER PEOPLE took your photo. People were still dorks.

Standard photo pose no.1

Person sitting at a desk with a second person labelled ‘dork’ photo bombing from behind. Caption: the stupid grin

Standard photo pose no.2

Man stands with foot on his car’s front bumper. Caption: This is my car.

Standard photo pose no.3

Dork in tracksuit holding a tinny puts his arm around a girl who’s giving him the side-eye. Caption: This is my girlfriend, honest!

Standard photo pose no.4

Dork stands behind 3 people posing for the camera. Dork is pulling a face and doing rabbit ears for 2 of the people. Caption: the rabbit ears.

Standard photo pose no.5

Dork is standing on a wall on one foot, about to fall off. Caption: the silly pose.

Standard photo pose no.6

Person holds up both hands trying to block camera. Caption: The camera shy.

The dork label in this photo is pointing towards the camera.

The backstory behind these silly illos

Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was an award-winning artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Cancer took him too soon. But his legacy includes numerous illustrations for zines, books and even school textbooks.

We’ve published a veritable museum of Ian’s Silly Illos here. Many of these illustrations are available for sale.

Victoria’s science fiction convention, Continuum, occasionally presents the Ian Gunn Memorial Award recognising the ‘unsung heroes’ of fandom. Recipients work in obscurity for years without recognition. This award commemorates Ian’s selfless efforts to reach out to others, encouraging others and thereby building the science fiction community.

K’rin Pender-Gunn, Ian’s widow, gave Dark Matter Zine permission to republish Ian’s artwork. Thanks, K’rin!