I always wonder with these photos of small children, how long it takes to get them settled enough to take a photo. This one looks to me like he was perhaps in mid ‘flap’. (You know the way small children sort of flap about with their hands and partially jump without entirely leaving the surface they’re sitting on?) Then someone said “Look! Look at the birdie!” and he looked up wondering “What birdie?”
I love colouring photos of children. The expressions on their faces and their poses are priceless.
A couple of curious things about this child… one is how patchy his face is. I think he must have either flushed in the studio lighting, or maybe has some sort of skin or capillary condition? The other is his shoes. I thought at first that they were odd ones, but now think that the inner side of the one in the foreground (his right shoe) is simply hiding the smooth, paler, leather part that can be seen in the other one.
I’ve done a small amount of (digital) restoration to remove the handwriting that was written on the image (probably in crayon or soft pencil). I can’t make out what has been written, possibly a name – it looks to me like a signature. The parent, maybe?
Unfortunately, I don’t know the date of the photo or who the child is or was, or its family. I’d take a guess at 1950s for the date. The shoes have thick crepe soles, the shorts look like they might have been made for him, the white top might also be home-made. What do you think?
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