Vengeance Dad

June 19th, 2010

Vengeance Dad - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

β€œThis is my family circa 1976. It looks as if we are all just a figment of my dad’s imagination, and I’m sure there have been many times throughout our lives that he wishes that were the case. My dad has always been the levelheaded one in our family and this picture represents the fact that, when my mother, brother, or I were entertaining any sort of naughty behavior, there was always the vision of my dad lurking over our shoulders.”

(submitted by Hollye)

84 Responses to “Vengeance Dad”

  1. Brooke says:

    does Star Wars come to mind for anyone else? Like Darth Vader is the big head and Luke and his family.. ?

  2. SmartAzz says:

    Good thing Dad never listened to his peers….and quit while he was A Head !!! πŸ™‚

  3. Lee says:

    Dad is obviously the ‘head’ of the family….

  4. Hayden says:

    You’ve heard of big brother. Well, meet Big Daddy!

  5. Jenny says:

    Our daughter has just sent us this image. We are questioning her motivation!

  6. Xenon says:

    He’s channeling Dick Cheney.

  7. LeoLee says:

    ROFL. My mother was a professional photographer for over 25 years. I TOTALLY remember when this was a TREND in studio photography!! She used the technique in a lot in wedding photos too. LOVE IT!!

  8. Sully says:

    Sort of reminds me of Star Wars movie posters with the big Darth Vader head in the middle.

  9. Ashlayy says:

    this is sooo funny! my fav pic by farr.

  10. jessica says:

    This is the BEST photo ever…but gotta admit that the viewer comments are what really put it over the top. I have been laughing for 15 minutes. My cat thinks I’m losing it.

  11. Brendan says:

    Boy, that family sure likes Richard Dreyfuss.

  12. Tiffani says:

    Looks, its the initial art-make up for the Cape Fear movie campaign. Good job, mad men.

  13. StellaRene says:

    I’m with Harry and Amy–I definitely think the father would be standing with his wife and children in this picture rather than just a huge “floating” face behind them if he were still alive at the time. Awkward, yes. But also touching.

  14. Nick K says:


  15. Lynne says:

    The glasses, the glasses….back then glasses were only one size–huge and all-encompassing. I had several pairs and now my teenage son makes fun of me when he sees me in pictures. What an odd statement to make by putting the father’s giant head like that…all I can think of is cult of personality or a freaky voice saying “I will rule the world! Buwah, hah, hah, hah.”

  16. BlueFishey says:

    His family is always on his mind!

  17. Alan says:

    Dad : “Doctor,I’m still hearing voices in my head”

    Doctor: “Let’s have a look…..ah,here’s the problem. You have a small family living in your right ear”

  18. bethksp says:

    I’m pretty sure that family kidnapped me and made me take that picture with them. That little girl is my doppelganger–I even had that exact outfit and haircut πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  19. Randy says:

    I remember how popular these pictures were in the 70’s. Wow I’m glad my family was so poor and dysfunctional that we never got together for a family portrait.

  20. cranky says:

    He looks like the other guy from Napoleon Dynamite. Maybe this is his lost “where are they now” shot during the closing credits.

  21. Kazz says:

    It’s so great to put faces to the voices in Dad’s head!

  22. John R. says:

    Photographer: “Look what *I* can do!”

  23. Snowrider says:

    It’s Zordon imparting some wisdom on Billy, Trini and Kimberly at the Command Center. Where’s Alpha?

  24. durhay says:

    Ken’s Dad .. by request only

  25. Ponyo says:

    Dad has a very Big Brother-ish feel about him

  26. Gigi says:

    Love the mushroom haircut on the little girl.

  27. Pikkewyn says:

    Okay, Mother, just be careful with your shoulder there . . . OW! MY EYE!

  28. amy says:

    Edit away, but i still think this is a memorial shot.

  29. JerseyPam says:

    I always thought the left side of the brain was the creative side.

  30. carol says:

    He doesn’t look too happy to have those people stuck onto the side of his head like that.

  31. Alan says:

    Well,three out of the four are happy….that’s pretty good.

  32. Harry says:

    What is it with some of you? I find this to be a rather touching photo.

    • meri says:

      It IS touching! It’s touching his eye and it’s touching my funny bone!

    • Bal-de-vis says:

      Well, for your information, that man is the father and husband of this family, and a couple of days before this previously-scheduled photo shoot he was tragically killed in an automobile accident. The brave, newly-bereft little family smiled through their tears and had the photographer take this picture with their departed, beloved father and husband superimposed from another photo. Imagine the tremendous courage it took these fine, decent people to do this as a loving tribute to that dear man whose loving embrace they would never experience again, but whose gentle spirit they would cherish for all their lives…….nah, I’m just kidding, I just made all that up.

  33. zipadee30 says:

    “You were allllways on my minnnd. Always on my minnnnd”

  34. ABR says:

    Reminds me of the story of Athena in Greek mythology, and how she was born out of the head of Zeus . . . (he had a splitting headache . . . pun intended)

  35. Bruce says:

    He must have a hard time getting in and out of cars and through doorways if his head is that large! And what it must cost to have a hat custom made!

  36. simulacra says:

    Ha ha! This looks like the poster for a horror movie.

  37. Audrey says:

    I’m WATCHING you…. Ha……………………..HA……………………….HAAAAAAAAAA

  38. koko says:

    It’s like they are just a figment of his imagination.

  39. KRS says:


  40. CB says:

    You were always on my mind…you were always on my mind. (Sing it, Willie)

  41. Mrs. R. says:

    Those pictures were so full o’ cheese back then. Who thought them up?? And yes, our family has one…meh…

  42. phoo says:

    Looks like mom is going to poke his eye with her shoulder.

  43. Ohmy says:

    “The Great and Powerful Oz has spoken.”

  44. crix says:

    Guess we know who the head of the household is.

  45. Bunnyluv says:

    In mythology class, I always had trouble envisioning just what Athena sprouting from Zeus’ head looked like…not anymore.

  46. Superman says:

    Father is always watching! :-/

  47. Tanya says:

    He seems to have an unusual growth protruding from the side of his face.

  48. Jerusha Myers says:

    Sometimes I wonder what in the hell studio photographers are thinking!

  49. Laura K says:

    I am the great and powerful Wizard of Oz!!!

  50. Nancy says:

    Oh momma, those glasses are fabuloso!

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