This is my friend Dean:
I met him on the photo sharing site, Flickr.
He lives in London. He sent the photo above to my on my birthday in 2010, which was indeed a total and delightful surprise. We are both interested in photography, and were trying to come up with ways we could work on a project together despite the miles. I know he's a fan of brightly colored and designed socks, so my original pitch to him was to maybe have us take homage photos of each other wearing the exact same pair of socks. Dean wound up surprising me on my birthday with this photo, and challeging me to take a similar photo in turn. Thus, The Flickr Socks Only Challenge was born.
He took it a step further with this photo:
And, in turn, I uploaded these:
Kinda naughty, I know. But I had an absolute blast taking them. Through, frankly, they are only slightly more revealing than a speedo by the pool would be.
Anyway, it made for a memorable birthday. And some major fond memories.
Happy Birthday to me!