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What?s in a name?


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What’s in a name?

8 Nov 2020 8:23AM   Views : 640 Unique : 422


Most of us here at Ephotozine are masquerading under a false name – a screen alias, and I sometimes wonder why. Is it a desire to hide? Harking back to the age of CB radio and having a ‘handle’ for the airwaves? Or just because it’s a bit unwieldy to us a long name? Maybe, very simply, that everyone else was doing the same when we joined?

For three years in the Seventies, I received a student grant cheque every term made out to someone called ‘Dudler’ (my surname is actually Duder – no ‘L’!) and I had to send it back for alteration before I could bank it. Friends gleefully picked it up as a nickname which some of them still use, so I have used it ever since when I’ve needed a screen name.

Oddly, when I joined modelling websites, I used my real name, out of a sense of not wanting to hide who I am from models: if my name isn’t trustworthy, why should a model think that I am?
Models, on the other hand, tend to use a pseudonym, and almost never their full name, and wisely so. Nobody wants a stalker, and making your full legal name public is an invitation to excess Facebook friends.

Occasionally, though, it’s a real mire – because models change their names at a whim. I know several who have made considered alterations, swapping a youthful nickname for something that is more descriptive of their work and persona, or which is just less embarrassing. Just have a skim through names on any model-photographer website to find that there are plenty of current examples…

The laurels, though, go to a model I’ve known for several years, and who changes name as often as her wardrobe (the latter’s a professional necessity for models, by the way). Allex when I first met her, she was,(until a few days ago) A_New_Me, returning to modelling after her first baby. In between, she’s used several other names, including the very descriptive Long Legs. At least she was a new her: looking today, she’s changed again. But then, she does describe herself as being ‘Still as mad as a box of very creative frogs.’

It’s nice to have assistance with Silly Sunday…


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dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
8 Nov 2020 8:27AM
Illustrated, appropriately, with the model who has reverted to Nee Naaa, as her frog-powered blue light vehicle approaches...
JuBarney Avatar
JuBarney Plus
12 36 7 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2020 9:13AM
Smashing shots of this lovely lady although a shame about the tat!
Robert51 Avatar
Robert51 14 12 147 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2020 8:45AM
This takes me back to a time when I was teaching a young lad and part of the job was passing information over the phone leaving your initials so they could get back to you. After a phone call and someone asking for RM (which is me) and me not having a clue what they were talking about, I ask the lad what his initials was. Yes you guess it RM. I had taught him so well he was alreaady doing the job himself. ( I would like to think it was my teaching anyway but he was a really bright lad.) I told him to use something else so next time he said his initials was ST. I had to ask why ST and he said Shirley Temple. He had curly blond hair. The result was that for the rest of his working life and beyond he is still known to everyone as Shirley. He also was one of those rare people that enriched your life and always had a smile.

So what's in a name...
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dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
10 Nov 2020 8:58AM
Delightful memories coming back to me of being schooled in the idea of using three initials... Working for a council, there was plenty of scope for confusion, so it was important to avoid misdirection. It's still a part of how I think of myself - DJD.

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