I chose my original profile picture on the basis that was bright and stood out. I’ve used it for about 2 years. But it doesn’t show my face. I now see that as a mistake. I don’t enjoy taking to people side on in real life and on the web, I feel the same way – I want to know who I’m talking to!

As a photographer, I’m passionate about the memory and moment that a photograph captures and I feel that a profile picture should have a story. It should reflect who you are and what you love. Unfortunately, my original portrait doesn’t have much of a story.

Since Joining twitter in 2009, I have used the same profile picture and I rarely change my profile picture because I see it as my online identity. When I look for someone on FaceBook or Twitter, I look for a specific icon. On the web, that icon is your visual identifier.

My new profile picture is small, and you can’t really make out my face. Fortunately, Social networks like Twitter and Facebook allow you to see a larger version if you wish.

Portrait 2008

This photograph was taken on the lawn in front of the Australian War Memorial during a weekend photo drive around the Canberra City. I just snapped a few photos on self-timer and ended up with a good result. The colours are great and the photo stands out and though this portrait has served me well over the past few years, I think it’s a good time to change.

Summary: Me

Portrait 2010

Taken by Richard on the way home from Fraser Island. It was captured near Burning Mountain, an ignited coal seam close to Wingen, NSW. We walked off the beaten track and headed into the scrub towards a hilltop. We hoped to capture some nice photographs of the valley on the other side. The valley was a little hazy but we ended up in a great spot for this portrait.

Summary: Me, Photographer, Australian

I’m interested, what do you value most in a profile photo? How often do you change it and why?