Father Figure

November 8th, 2012

He wanted his son to look up to him.

(submitted by Brian)


13 Responses to “Father Figure”

  1. Mike says:

    Please stop making fun. Yes, so, the husband and father had passed away when this photo was done. This was a style of portrait done as a remembrance to a loved one. It was even offered by some funeral homes. Usually, it is done more tastefully, without the huge smiles.

  2. Mark says:

    Although he wasn’t dead he still felt the neednto look down on his family.

  3. Jose M says:

    These types of photos make me think the person in the insert is dead.

  4. Alexandra says:

    Wondering if the father passed away and they added him to the family portrait – I’ve seen this done before so it appears the loved one is ‘looking over them.’

    • Liz says:

      I had exactly the same thought…. that this was a picture of a dad whom the son would not know except by stories & pictures like this. It was touching to me… course I’m a softie & all that. To me it was very compassionate & not at all awkward.

    • just sayin' says:

      Unfortunately, that was quite the style in the late 70s and maybe early 70s. For some reason, you just had one person up in the air. Although, your interpretation sounds better!

    • Leah says:

      That’s how it looked to me at first, which I thought was sad but sweet!

    • Mike says:

      Yes, this is a mourning portrait. Some funeral homes still offer them. In the 19th century, post mortem photography was populuar – families posed with the actual body. This is the late 20th century version of that.

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