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Photographer Froggy Bottoms specializes in photographing celebrities with their biggest fans. Rick Springfield, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Patrick Stewart and many many more.
posted by Lord_Pall (98 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow. This one is just...wow.
posted by emilyd22222 at 4:33 PM on September 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


Wow. This one is just...wow.
posted by emilyd22222 at 4:33 PM on September 18


And notice it's the only picture of her where she is smiling.
posted by Vindaloo at 4:35 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Correction -Not Froggy Bottoms, Froggy's Photos. Also I am not sure if the Rick Springfield cruise photos are from the same photographer, even though they are still awesome.
posted by Lord_Pall at 4:40 PM on September 18, 2010


Oh hey and initially I missed the follow-up.
posted by emilyd22222 at 4:40 PM on September 18, 2010


For the Mark Hamill one, my first thought was "aw, it's so sweet that his son is his biggest fan" and then I realized that of course it's not actually his son it's just some kid who is a scrawny nerd and wants to go to Toshi Station to pick up some power converters.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 4:52 PM on September 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


Seeing Rick Springfield's face made me feel mighty damned old.
posted by Joe Beese at 4:56 PM on September 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


The look in the eyes of some of the celebs in these pictures reminds me of that bird on the Flintstones who would play a record and then say, "It's a living!"
posted by MegoSteve at 4:57 PM on September 18, 2010 [17 favorites]


This one is probably my favorite. I mean that sincerely, with absolutely no snark whatsoever. It's pure, unadulterated awesome.
posted by ValkoSipuliSuola at 4:59 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Rick Springfield is 61 years old! and that's what he looked like at 60? Creepy.
posted by readery at 5:05 PM on September 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


Seeing Rick Springfield's face made me feel mighty damned old.

Obviously you haven't clicked on the Mark Hamill link yet.
posted by jimmythefish at 5:07 PM on September 18, 2010 [14 favorites]


These are actually much more endearing than creepy. That makes me happy.
posted by mwhybark at 5:08 PM on September 18, 2010 [8 favorites]


huh.
posted by mwhybark at 5:11 PM on September 18, 2010 [6 favorites]


You're worth a lot to me!

OK, the creepy horizon approacheth, embedded in the economics and acknowledged in the semiotics.
posted by mwhybark at 5:14 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


oh, fuck that. this is awesome.
posted by mwhybark at 5:17 PM on September 18, 2010 [4 favorites]


Mark Hamill loves the fans
Rick Springfield is a badass
Patrick is petit

Fun Carrie Fisher
Oh the joys of wizardry
Quantum Leap coat tails
posted by nickrussell at 5:18 PM on September 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


It makes me happy that they don't look like they've been plasticized to within an inch of their lives. Yay for people aging gracefully.
posted by wv kay in ga at 5:20 PM on September 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


I'll be in my bunk…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/froggysphotos/4997961860/
posted by vertigo25 at 5:21 PM on September 18, 2010 [6 favorites]


And I thought they paid celebrities too much.
posted by digsrus at 5:24 PM on September 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


Jeez, that Rick Springfield looks younger than some 30 year olds I know.
posted by cazoo at 5:27 PM on September 18, 2010


Hoo boy.
posted by Gator at 5:29 PM on September 18, 2010 [5 favorites]


I have no intention of ever going to DragonCon, but if by some chance occurence I happen to find myself there, I am posing for a photo with Carrie Fisher.
posted by collywobbles at 5:29 PM on September 18, 2010


Like. Like. Like. Um. Like. Like.
posted by mazola at 5:31 PM on September 18, 2010


Aw. Why do people have to get old? Myself included.
posted by jfwlucy at 5:32 PM on September 18, 2010


Cripes I barely recognised Mark Hamill; he looks like an insurance salesman on holiday.
posted by bwg at 5:43 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yep, Bruce Campbell behaving as expected. A certain statuesque beauty. Hey, I thought Earth women were too fragile for this sort of thing?

I'm gonna go ahead and say, "Great post, thanks!"
posted by Gator at 5:45 PM on September 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


Notably lacking on flickr: Captions/tags for who the hell people are.
posted by Decimask at 5:48 PM on September 18, 2010 [31 favorites]


Paul Weller and I await our invitation!
posted by scody at 6:00 PM on September 18, 2010


OMG I want that christmas sweater tshirt soooo bad!
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 6:07 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]



Obviously you haven't clicked on the Mark Hamill link yet


*sobs*
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:08 PM on September 18, 2010 [5 favorites]


I particularly liked this one. You still got it, Admiral!
posted by Rumpled at 6:10 PM on September 18, 2010


When did Patrick Stewart get so tiny?
posted by availablelight at 6:22 PM on September 18, 2010


When did Patrick Stewart get so tiny?

Isn't he sitting on a stool in these pictures?
posted by hot soup girl at 6:28 PM on September 18, 2010


??? !!!!
posted by selfnoise at 6:31 PM on September 18, 2010 [5 favorites]


Every single one of those men being touched by Carrie Fisher has an erection.
And every single one of them is oblivious to her suffering.
posted by The Discredited Ape at 6:38 PM on September 18, 2010 [6 favorites]


Rick Springfield is 61 years old! and that's what he looked like at 60? Creepy.

Creepy? He's some kind of age-defying freak of nature. Dude's gotta be drinking virgin blood or something. It's a rare 61 year-old with cooler hair than most 35 year olds.

Um

Excuse me but I must go change my pants now because I have soiled them with at least two and quite probably three different human fluids thank you.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:49 PM on September 18, 2010


jfwlucy: "Aw. Why do people have to get old? Myself included."

At least most of us don't get confronted constantly with images of us when we were young and good (or at least better) looking. It must be weird for actors to have that un-aging popular image following them around constantly reminding them of how old they look now.
posted by octothorpe at 6:57 PM on September 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


At the risk of losing what little geek cred I might possess, who is this "Um" chick with the silver sequined cardigan? She's part of the Star Wars set but I don't recognize her at all. There are few enough female characters in the Star Wars universe, but I'm drawing a blank here.
posted by Gator at 7:06 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Rick Springfield ones made me giggle out loud, if only because of season 3 of Californication...
posted by hincandenza at 7:08 PM on September 18, 2010


Every color, line and feature
Never age and never tire
In my sleep and in my dreams at night
Calls to me a strange attraction
With your beauty and your passion
You are art and art will never change
-- David Byrne, My Fair Lady
posted by benzenedream at 7:11 PM on September 18, 2010


These are great, but they keep sending me down the "who is that?" rabbit hole.
posted by Songdog at 7:16 PM on September 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


There is some kind of strange Trek/Wars disturbance in the force when Mark Hamill has turned into William Shatner.

These are awesome, and Rick Springfield looks better now than he did 30 years ago.
posted by biscotti at 7:26 PM on September 18, 2010


It's also nice to see that the guy from Warehouse 13 really is the likeable goober he plays on tv.
posted by ValkoSipuliSuola at 7:28 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Um

I laughed, but I've got similar photos of myself.

Yeah, it's too bad the Flicker photos weren't tagged. I don't know who so many of those people are. But I recognized catwoman! (She's 77 now!)

Conventions are a great way for fans to meet some celebrities. Looks like it can get expensive in Vegas. Also, Celebrities For Hire!
posted by various at 7:29 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


I want to be this woman's best friend. A woman goes to a Firefly con dressed as Jayne's Cunning Hat...you know she ain't afraid of nothin'.
posted by biscotti at 7:30 PM on September 18, 2010 [9 favorites]


I don't understand these. Are they intentionally this... weird? Are these just shots taken at a convention and that's how they turned out, or did the photographer give special instructions for what they were supposed to do? Why so much head-leaning and awkward hand-placing? Why is Patrick Stewart awkwardly sitting there in all the pictures while people stand next to him? Why the terrible backdrop that someone stole from my elementary school in 1995? Seriously, someone explain this to me.
posted by brenton at 8:00 PM on September 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


huh.

Yeah, I feel like that one wins, hands down, game OVER. I particularly love how the photograph captures Mark Hamill's speechlessness.

I really love the Carrie Fisher photos, especially this one. Not only does she prove that she is gorgeous at any age, she seems very generous and lovely with the fans* with whom she's photographed. I'm very concerned about this one, in which she seems frightened of the woman who looks like Laliari from Galaxy Quest. I feel like she needs a rescue there.

*Or, at least, the non-creepy fans.
posted by Dr. Zira at 8:04 PM on September 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


I don't know who many of these people are - though it's pretty easy to pick out which is the celeb and which the fan.

That said, this is my all time fave.
posted by CunningLinguist at 8:39 PM on September 18, 2010


I was also wondering who most of these people are. If you look at the Sets view in flickr you get some information.
posted by laptolain at 8:42 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


I was fantasizing about Photoshop and me and Scott Bakula and I creeped myself out.
posted by theredpen at 9:07 PM on September 18, 2010


what the what?
posted by furtive at 10:14 PM on September 18, 2010


That said, this is my all time fave.

I like that shot as well. The fan is 5'8" tall, by the way.
posted by maxwelton at 10:14 PM on September 18, 2010


Edward Furlong looks like he's just there to make some drinking money.
posted by MasonDixon at 10:19 PM on September 18, 2010 [2 favorites]




I REALLY like this one.
posted by mwhybark at 10:23 PM on September 18, 2010


furtive: "what the what?"

Isn't that guy in the vest cortex?
posted by mwhybark at 10:25 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


biscotti: "Jayne's Cunning Hat"

You've explained it for me!
posted by mwhybark at 10:28 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wait, now who's the fan here?
posted by mwhybark at 10:31 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


From over my shoulder, Mrs. Oddly asks:

"Is that Yoda?"

I LOVE Mrs. Oddly.
posted by Oddly at 10:32 PM on September 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


Hm. (see here). He's happy!
posted by mwhybark at 10:37 PM on September 18, 2010


Bullshit on Rick Springfield having a female fan who is younger than 25. BULLSHIT.

Loved him on Californication though.
posted by hal_c_on at 10:46 PM on September 18, 2010


It bothers me that the description just says "Sunday - Klingon" when they're obviously not just two random schmuck Klingons but Martok and Chancellor Gowron himself.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:59 PM on September 18, 2010 [9 favorites]


"na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na *double chin punch*" ... Oh wait, that's not Brandon! And this is NOT Brenda!!! Caught you red handed, McKay. Why do I keep letting Dylan hurt me?!

[Is it just me or does Luke Perry kind of resemble George W. Bush now??]
posted by Mael Oui at 11:00 PM on September 18, 2010


Wow. This one is just...wow.

I know.
posted by sourwookie at 12:03 AM on September 19, 2010


duh, the star is the one w the whiter teeth, or the teeth not showing...
posted by atomicmedia at 12:27 AM on September 19, 2010


Those Firefly sets are a real challenge for the fan. I man, Morena, Jewel and Summer, but only two sides...
posted by benzo8 at 1:03 AM on September 19, 2010


That one guy being touched by Jewel Staite will surely never wash his shoulder again.
posted by cj_ at 1:18 AM on September 19, 2010


Bullshit on Rick Springfield having a female fan who is younger than 25. BULLSHIT.

I dunno... I just played Jesse's Girl at a gig about an hour and a half ago, and the dance floor was PACKED with kids having a great time. Looking through those photos, he's gotta have the patience of a saint. He looks genuinely amused by the whole thing, not the least bit put out by any of it. And that's a lot of photos. Respect.
posted by Devils Rancher at 1:20 AM on September 19, 2010


Well it's a great, catchy 80s rock tune. But do they know who Rick Springfield is? I am dubious, to put it lightly.
posted by cj_ at 1:35 AM on September 19, 2010


I understand they call him Bruce.

And if he's 61, I give up. I looked older than that when I was 21.
posted by maxwelton at 2:33 AM on September 19, 2010


James Marsters certainly pulls his weight doesn't he?
posted by jonnyploy at 2:53 AM on September 19, 2010


OH HI I HAVE A QUESTION HERE'S THE QUESTION WOULD YOU SLEEP WITH ALL OF THEM OR NONE OF THEM TELL ME ALL OR NONE WHICH IS IT
posted by The Discredited Ape at 3:47 AM on September 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


oooohhhhhhhh.... wow
posted by lapolla at 4:13 AM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


lapolla: "oooohhhhhhhh.... wow"

Is that really Lafayette on the right? Amazing!
posted by benzo8 at 5:43 AM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


At the risk of losing what little geek cred I might possess, who is this "Um" chick with the silver sequined cardigan? She's part of the Star Wars set but I don't recognize her at all. There are few enough female characters in the Star Wars universe, but I'm drawing a blank here.

Jaime {sic} King, who, I learned after much Googling through assorted fan sites, did some voice-acting in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. The lack of tags in these Flickr sets is a challenge first to geek cred, then to Google-fu.

During this extended web-crawl, I also learned that King once had a stalker who was, apparently, an escaped mental patient. Looking at these convention photos again, I wonder if she was thinking about what she said to the press at the time: "{...} my intention with the work that I do is to create something that really touches in to people and that people love. It's really strange when somebody takes that to a whole different level. {...} I think that an interesting thing with celebrities and stars is that you feel so close to them because you see them in such a vulnerable place when they're acting."
posted by Doktor Zed at 6:13 AM on September 19, 2010


Yep, Bruce Campbell behaving as expected.

Bruce has established a very ... direct ... rapport with his fans that comes off perfectly in his photo set. He goofs with them, kids them, and even mocks them, even as he's making fun of himself as the preeminent B-movie actor of his generation. The banter with his fans at Q&A sessions is likewise fun all around.

Sample:
Q. Will you please run for president?

A. No. I did all those things that politicians try and pretend that they didn’t do. And I enjoyed every bit of it.
posted by Doktor Zed at 6:16 AM on September 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


I've been trying to find it ever since this thread started, as a riff on "celebrity meets fans" in general...but: there is a photo of Bruce Springsteen take in the 70's, right when he was starting to get famous. Apparently it was taken somewhere in New Jersey; he was out and about one day, and ran into a group of teenage girls who were omigod HUUUUUUUUUGE fans of his, and he was posing for a picture with them outside an ice cream parlor or something.

It's just the group of them standing outside, Bruce standing in the middle with one arm around each of the shoulders of two of the girls. The girls are all clearly excited and starstruck and giggly and a couple of them are glancing around to check out "omigod does everyone see that we're actually standing here with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN you guys?" And as for Bruce - it is the biggest grin I've ever seen on any picture of him, and you can just tell that the thought that is running through his mind at that precise moment is, "...DAMN, is it good to be a rock star."
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:43 AM on September 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


This isn't doing much for defeating the stereotype of nerds.
posted by littlerobothead at 7:59 AM on September 19, 2010


The only thing more soul crushing than being a washed up star making a few bucks getting your picture taken at conventions is if you sat there all day and no one wanted to have their picture taken with you.
posted by Daddy-O at 8:37 AM on September 19, 2010


You're worth a lot to me.

Jeremy Bulloch is a really great guy, and very generous with fans. I once worked for a fan convention in Seattle, and was able to have a beer with him afterward in the hotel bar. He's charming and friendly and told a couple of us some interesting anecdotes.

It's an interesting way to make a living. He travels around and is paid to sign autographs for what was, at the time, a bit part wearing some plastic armor in a couple of brief scenes in a Star Wars movie.

Did you know that you see his face in Empire Strikes Back? He also played the Imperial officer who uses Leia as a shield in this scene.
posted by Fleebnork at 8:52 AM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


I love the fact that even the stars themselves are fans. That's right, it's the guys from Heroes posing for a photo with Stan Lee.
posted by ValkoSipuliSuola at 9:45 AM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


And more Stan Lee. He seems to be really enjoying himself in this one....
posted by ValkoSipuliSuola at 10:00 AM on September 19, 2010


Jaime {sic} King, who, I learned after much Googling through assorted fan sites, did some voice-acting in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series.

Ooooooohhhhh. Goldie (and Wendy!) from Sin City!
posted by Gator at 10:11 AM on September 19, 2010


BAM!

That is all.
posted by ValkoSipuliSuola at 10:51 AM on September 19, 2010


At least Carrie Fisher has a sense of humor and looks like she's enjoying herself. The "bam" photo? Yowza.

Ahhh this makes me miss Dragoncon even more.
posted by stormpooper at 10:57 AM on September 19, 2010


Ack! He's going to eat Carrie Fisher!
posted by Dr. Zira at 11:09 AM on September 19, 2010


Whoah -- half the bridge crew of the Enterprise is in some of these. I would not be able to contain my glee.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 12:04 PM on September 19, 2010


And Geordi! And Q!
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 12:06 PM on September 19, 2010


Woah... ATROCIOUS backgrounds. Whoever invented the weirdly marbly cloudy portrait background.. not good!

That being said, the only thing left to do is link some favorites:

- This should be a poster

- Awesome

- Battlestar plus Enterprise equals Quantum Leap

- Mission accomplished
posted by Harry at 12:58 PM on September 19, 2010


OK, I had to come back and look at Rick Springfield again. The whole concept of going on a cruise dedicated to a celebrity is kinda blowing my mind. Again, CREEPY.
There's 319 pictures, some people get two shots. The dudes get a 'thumbs up' from Rick, while the ladies get a hug and the couples just look awkward.

There's a Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special Cruise even a 311 Cruise but the real fun must be at the Kid Rock Cruise.
posted by readery at 3:39 PM on September 19, 2010


I met .38 Special's drummer at one of the bar's at the Flamingo in Vegas. He was really nice.
posted by jonmc at 7:20 PM on September 19, 2010


Is that Scott Bakula or Jim Peterik?
posted by gjc at 7:36 PM on September 19, 2010


The Rick Springfield photos just hurt my brain. Seriously, how is it possible to look that young without looking plastic? How? Did we invent time travel? Seriously... what... I... um... I mean, if I were a bartender, I'd card him.
posted by desjardins at 7:48 AM on September 20, 2010


oooohhhhhhhh.... wow

In each of her pictures, Michelle Forbes is telling you what she thinks of the fan with her eyes. Of course, it's all varying levels of "can you believe this?"

how is it possible to look that young without looking plastic?

Interestingly enough, I think Rick Springfield is oft singled out for having bad plastic surgery. I'm guessing if his pics were on Flickr with that photographer and setting (and editing, or lack thereof), he wouldn't look so great.

WTF happened to Rick Springfield's face?

Then again, he could look like Mark Hamill and people would think he's Yoda, so I can't blame him at all.

I do like Pam's mini-me. Bring her on as a plaything for Jessica. ;P

(Bewere)
posted by mrgrimm at 8:20 AM on September 20, 2010


And maybe I'm projecting a bit, but Springfield's eyes seem to whisper "The horror...the horror".

I can't imagine he started out as a musician thinking he'd be hugging strangers who have paid for the pleasure to view his plastic surgery personally.
posted by readery at 9:14 AM on September 20, 2010


Wow. That's gutsy.*

*- "Gutsy" is another word for "creepy," right?
posted by elmer benson at 10:26 AM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Huh. I wonder if photos with these folks costs more, less, or the same as those photos people get posing with porn stars. The weird thing is I think the porn star photos are less creepy.
posted by Justinian at 2:54 PM on September 20, 2010


If you look at Froggy's presales section, they range between $30-$100 depending on the celebrity and the event. Have no idea how that compares to the going rate for porn stars as I'm kind of afraid to research that bit of data just now.

Michael Trucco from BSG was only $30. SQUEE!
posted by Dr. Zira at 7:12 PM on September 20, 2010


You know what? I like this guy. I think I want him to be my friend. For reals.
posted by jabberjaw at 6:36 PM on September 30, 2010


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