Laser Background Portraits

Laser Background Portraits

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Laser Background Portraits are photographs in which the subject is posed in front of a background featuring criss crossed glowing lines. The background is often mocked online for its cheesy aesthetic, which was commonly used in American school yearbook photos during the 1980s.


During the 1980s, many public schools in the United States partnered with the photography company Lifetouch[7] to shoot yearbook portrait photographs. A popular background uses in photo shoots during this time featured a criss cross grid featuring glowing neon lines, often referred to as a "laser background." On December 17th, 2007, the single topic blog Sexy People[6] highlighted a photograph of a teenager with long hair leaning against a step ladder in front of a laser backdrop (shown below).



On September 30th, 2008, blogger Lindsey Weber launched the "We Have Lasers!" Tumblr[1] blog, which highlights portrait photographs with laser backgrounds. On June 25th, 2009, Weber published an article about her blog on the Internet culture site Urlesque.[5]

RSS | Archive | Random 30 SEPIEMBER08 4OMMENTS!1 NOTE DVERTISEMENT ABOUT You begged your mom to pay the extra $4. A tribute to the greatest school photo backdrop there ever was. Pro Photography Degrees A Cutting-Edge Photography School! Academy of Art U. Get School Info. +SEND ME your childhood lazerd +EXTREME moderniz'd laser background created by the talented y and thanks to steeez mag for hosting - THE HI-RES LASER BACKGROUND JPG ere is is my very own tumblr & If you care, here's my laser portrait! WHL on Twitter! follow us on Twitter! A bit of legal jargon: When you submit your picture to We Have Lasers you agree that when you send a Submission via email or upload to this Website, you grant and its ownersa non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty free license to use the work. We may use, copy, sublicense, adapt, transmit, distribute, publish, display or otherwise use it as we see fit, in our sole discretion. By making a Submission, you waive the right to make any claim against, its owners or any of its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, agents, directors or officers That pink laser really brings out this young man's eyes (Thanks to Mike Barish - whose mom must have really loved him.) Tags: traditional lasers

On July 13th, We Have Lasers was featured on the Internet news blog BoingBoing.[9] On March 3rd, 2010, the single topic blog Awkward Family Photos[2] highlighted a portrait of a man holding a cat in front of a laser background (shown below, left). On August 26th, BuzzFeed[3] posted a compilation of several notable examples of laser background portraits. On October 26th, 2012, user kazmataz on the crafting site Instructables[10] published a guide for making a laser background school portrait costume (shown below, right).

On November 21st, a Lifetouch school photographer participated in an "ask me anything" post in the /r/IAmA[8] subreddit, claiming that the "eighties style" laser art background was not available in her camera system. On April 16th, 2014, BuzzFeed[4] highlighted a photograph of former 98 Degrees band member Nick Lachey wielding a toy gun in front of a laser background (shown below).

Notable Examples

Draven Rodriguez' Yearbook Photo

On September 7th, 2014, New York-based high school student Draven Rodriguez posted an Instagram of his senior yearbook portrait in which he is posing with his cat in front of a laser background and a digitally composited image of his face overlaid in the background (shown below, left). The following day, Rodriguez uploaded a second version of the photo in which a close-up of his cat's face is shown in the upper right-hand corner (shown below, right).

On September 10th, Rodriguez posted an online petition[13] titled "Get my Photo into the Yearbook" in order to support his submission of one of the Instagram photos for his senior portrait yearbook photo. In the first 24 hours, the petition gained over 5,100 signatures. In the coming days, the stunt was reported on by several news sites, including Jezebel,[14] The Daily Gazette,[15] UpRoxx,[16] The Daily Dot,[17] New York Daily News,[18] The Huffington Post[19] and E! Online.[20]

ipetitions SIGN IN or JOIN YOUR VOICE COUNTS Get my Photo into the Yearbook Sign this petition Sign with Facebook Sign with Twitter Hi all. This is my photo that should be going into NAME the yearbook, but we know how finicky the school systems can be. I'm hoping that with enough signatures, my school simply can't turn this down EMAIL Edit: To clarify, the school HAS NOT YET DECLINED this photo. This is my pre-emptive strike just in case such a thing were to happen. I wanted as many backers as possible before the deadline of September 15th COMMENTS Photo creds to Vincent Giordano, who took and edited this photo Show my name in the online signature list Edit 2: I can't believe how huge this is. I'm on Jezebel, the Gazette and CBS 6. Thank you all for your support! We'll hit 500 soon. Also, editing this on mobile killed the picture on here, but I'll get it back up ASAP tomorrow Keep me informed on this and similar petitions SIGN NOW DISCUSSION Rosemary Pannone 25 years ago Schenectady School Dist. td my son he could only bring one girl to Prom,despite the wishes of 4 girls . He bought 5 tickets and 4 bouquets.And I dared the district to stop him. They all had a wonderful time and got a standing ovation at walk thru. Be Creative! thats what changes the world 5,150 SIGNA TURES Michael Zupcak We all agree, your son's a pimp GOAL: 500 Toblessington Tobestressington Rosemary, is your son currently single? Spread the word JOIN THE DISCUSSION ︾ widget 3 f 62 62

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