Friday, March 15, 2013

Timeless

Johnny.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



This series of photos was shot at the Holiday Dreams on Ice 2012 post-show VIP party, held in a small hotel bar near the Long Island rink.

Johnny was tired, having had a very long rehearsal the night before that ended sometime after midnight, a full day of dress rehearsals the day of the show, multiple performances in the actual show itself, and after-show photographs at the rink. Then he had to hurry and scrub off all his makeup, change clothes, redo his hair, gather all his things, and arrive to spend hours more at the meet-n-greet.

Yet, as always, his beautiful energy when he entered the room was magnetic.

Immediately surrounded on all sides, he took time to greet every person, chat with every fan, autograph everything handed to him, offer hugs to all, and to thank every skater who had performed in the show with him.

He is a larger-than-life man, a two-time Olympian and LGBT icon with a reputation for outrageousness, whom we most often see on television or in red carpet photos or via the pages of a glossy magazine—but who, in person, is kind, gentle, and dedicated to making sure that even his littlest fans receive his full attention.

The room was extremely crowded, resulting in very tight camera angles, and the lighting, as always, was a challenge. Davey hates to use a flash, especially in those conditions, because it's so startling to people to have these bursts of light going off when he's practically on top of them. He prefers to be as unobtrusive as possible, capturing candid moments rather than posed shots from his quiet vantage point.

When we started sifting through what we had, the uneven lighting and cacophony of color in the bar felt very distracting, calling attention to itself and muffling the people and their interactions.

As black-and-whites, the photos crystallized into their essence: timelessly elegant memories of an evening spent with the extraordinary Johnny Weir-Voronov.

As always, please click any photo twice for larger view.



As soon as he enters, a ripple runs through 
the noisy, overcrowded room, and everyone knows: 
Johnny's here! Wearing boots with a slight hidden heel, 
and one of his wonderfully luxurious furs, 
he cuts a rather imposing figure, as he also does 
when he's towering over you in his skates.



But his graciousness and ready sense of humor 
immediately puts everyone at ease.



With show co-star Emily Hughes.




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Stopping to check in with his family: 
Jackie Voronov Curko (the fabulous and 
indomitable Princess Jax) and her husband, Jared.



Johnny, Jackie, and Jared.



Momentarily distracted by IDK what.



Posing for cell phone pics with Jackie.



Jackie has a special gift: the ability
to make Johnny helpless with laughter...



...even when she's being intensely serious...



...which she's not.



"Last year I brought you things to sign for my friends 
who couldn't come to the VIP party," I tell him. 
"This year I just brought you some of my friends. 
You don't have to sign them. Or you can if you want." 
Here he is delighted to greet Jenn Kittler.



And he's also delighted 
with her gift of flowers.



Chatting with fans.



Fan Elizabeth Lara takes their picture 
with her cell phone.



Hugs for his partner in 
rehearsal crimes, Zach Donohue.



Zach, Madison Hubbell, and Johnny.



With fan Debora Walsh.



An autograph for a young fan.



Listening closely.



With fan Anastasia Pryanikova.



With Anastasia, far right, and fan 
Jennifer Warfield, plus bonus Jackie and Victor. 
Possibly they're admiring his boots.



Jackie saying her goodbyes. 
In leopard print, of course.



Sitting down to tackle yet more autographs.



Johnny.



Zach, Johnny, Jason Brown, 
Max Aaron, Victor...



...and Ross Miner.



Getting ready to leave, with an 
armload of flowers and gifts.



With Johnny. His turn to crack me up.



A rare photo of the photographer: 
Davey with Johnny, taken with my cell phone 
because I have no clue how Davey's camera works.



And one more.



Exclusive photos © David Ingogly.



Best of luck to all the competitors 
at Worlds today, 
especially Max and Ross!



Johnny's latest column for the 
Falls Church News-Press.
His columns are published every Thursday 
in the "National Commentary
section—don't miss a single one! 



Patti has posted a new message 
on Johnny's Comeback Gift Fund website, 
with her thoughts on 2013 Nationals 
and what lies ahead for next season. 
Please go read it now!



ICYMI: "Something Beautiful." 
Exclusive new photos © David Ingogly.



A number of Johnny's auction items have been relisted
which means if you missed out the first time around, 
you're in luck: It's not too late to own a piece of Weir Gear! 
Go check it out and see what treasures you could take home!



NEW in the Team Weir-Voronov fan store:
Johnny buttons!! 
Click this link to buy yours now!
Japanese fans: Please use this link.


Johnny keychains!! 
Click this link to add some sparkle to your keys!
Japanese fans: Please use this link.


"A Mighty Dream" calendars for 2013, 
in both 12-month and 18-month designs! 
Order yours today! All proceeds from the fan store 
are donated to Johnny's Comeback Gift Fund
administered by the lovely Patti Weir.



Please alert absolutely everyone you've ever met 
to "like" and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.



Yep, I'm still promoting this silly poll
in which you can vote at least once a day. 
Please vote for Johnny!!



Need to see Season 2 all over again? 
Watch episodes online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue
anytime you're watching the show... 
or thinking about watching the show.... 
or wishing you were watching the show....



HE REALLY, REALLY IS!! 
Landing quads and kicking ass!
Read his comeback statement 
and the update on his website!



Yes, YOU can be a part of Johnny's comeback!  
Please visit Johnny's Comeback Gift Fund today 
and chip in as little as $1 via PayPal. 
Our small gifts can help make his dream of competing 
in his third Olympic Games come true!
And now you can leave a message 
of support for Johnny, too!



Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as "Best Sportsman"
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka to tell us 
he wants us to! (Note: With his "58.132" rating, 
he is currently in 1st place in both 
Figure Skating AND across all sports!)



Q and A! Go read it now!



Yes! Johnny's dresses are now available
for purchase only on eDressMe.com!



At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!



Johnny tweeted:
"Buy my single,'Dirty Love' via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!"

IN THE SAME WAY THAT IT NEEDS AIR.
You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny's website,
or just click the "Buy" button on the player
at the top of the blog!



Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny's website!


copyright 2013 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved


2 comments:

Atomic Wife said...

MM, I loved this!!
Warmed my heart.
(You introducing him to the FB/Twitter fans; you with him and Victor and.... Jason Brown and Max Aaron my 2 new other favorite American male skaters.)
And a picture of Davey!
oxox

aaaack said...

Wonderful photos capturing how all these wonderful people who seem to be lit from within with charm and grace.

David not only photographs the people, he also captures their aura. Thanks so much for sharing.