Getting the Photo Just Right
I don’t know about you, but I take terrible selfies. I have not mastered the combination of best light/best angle/best expression/best pose. Heck, recently I took a group selfie and I almost entirely missed including my own head. I’ve learned I need to take several photos, hoping one will turn out just right.
Maybe that’s why I found this series of photo postcards so funny. They were printed in France, perhaps in 1922 (…if the ’22’ at the bottom is a clue). The hand-painting is charming in a terribly inaccurate kind of way. But that’s not the only reason I find these cards funny. I imagined the studio photographer telling the soldier how to move to get the best angle/best expression/best pose. Who would have guessed getting the perfect photo back then was as hard as it is today?
I wonder who this soldier planned on sending the flowery postcards to. His mother? His lover? Or, was he a player? Did he plan on sending different poses to different people? The back side of all the cards are blank. What do you think his story is?