Everybody should have one

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Don Sars

I’m glad to be back, though I’m busy as a bee.

I just had to write about this pleasantly portrayed man I found at a little shop in Rotterdam.
He’s still there, in a frame, for someone else to pick up, to be put up on a wall and to be looked at, maybe even admired.

Call me a hopeless romantic but I enjoy looking at old photographs, portraits in particular.
The grain, the absence of color, the soft grey tones, the neatness and elegance of the clothing. All in such a big contrast to the images we consume nowadays.

The man in the frame comforts me, he looks a bit odd with one eye a bit bigger then the other, but he looks confident and calm. Yes, he did comb his hair, put on his best suit and his wife is right beside him in the frame.

I sometimes wish the world around me would be a little bit more normal. People try so hard to be special, stand out from the crowd, play dress up, act silly to get attention, pretent.

Maybe everybody should have one, a portrait in black and white, of a normal person, calm and confident. Soothing.

What Others Are Saying

  1. Robert Usher May 29, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    The man painted a black tie on his t-shirt. Hipster avant la lettre.

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