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Skeletons in the Photo Album

We all have them. Photographs that should have been incinerated long ago, but somehow survived through the years, much to the amusement of our children and younger relatives.


Other pictures aren’t so scary, but when we see them, we can’t help but find ourselves transported back in time.


I’ve picked three from my collection.


This one from when I was living in the village of Ryton, near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. I guess I was about six or seven at the time.   Had I known what would later happen to my hair.  I'd have combed it more often.


Fast forward to the mid-eighties and here I am with the other two members of The Forgotten Hearts (I’m on the far right). It was a promo photo, taken just after we'd spent a week in a recording studio to make a demo tape (an ancient recording device).  I later put the six recordings on cd, Crimes of Fashion, and used the photo for the cover.  


This last pic is from 2000, when I auditioned for the lead role in Spiderman. As the movie-buffs among you already know, the part went to some American actor instead.  Okay, that's not true. I superimposed my head on a photo of a stunt-double (aka my son) when I made a screensaver for my mom with loads of pictures of the children, and stuck this one in the middle of them all to give her a laugh.

How about you?  What photographic skeletons are in your closet?


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Aug. 24th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
My cat broke my scanner. *whistles innocently*

...and is it weird that I find the middle photo cool? Probably because I was in my teens back then and the whole style is familiar in a very nostalgic way...
Aug. 24th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
'Cat broke my scanner.' yeah, right :)

As for finding the middle photo cool, I wouldn't say it's weird, but it does suggest you may be due for an eye-check, preferably soon ;)
Aug. 24th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
I am so NOT saying!
Aug. 24th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Go on, you know you want to ;)
Aug. 24th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'm with silverwerecat - as in the middle photo is very, very cool.
Aug. 24th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
I suppose it looked okay, but I have to say, it was a real pain carrying that mirror around with us all the time :(
Aug. 24th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Now this put a smile on my face. I will have to rain check you on mine as no scanner. No computer. Gotta love cell phones.

I do like the 2nd one too.
Aug. 24th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Hmm, funny how no-one seems to have a scanner whenever there's a call for embarrassing photos ;)
Aug. 24th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
go on then...

Aged 7 :-)

Up on the downs, holiday after A levels - it was a bit windy!

Aged 5 in the garden :-)
Aug. 24th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Re: go on then...

That second one looks very University challenge :)

As for the last. Is it just me, or does that doll look evil? ;)

Thanks for sharing :)
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Aug. 24th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
That middle pic, Crimes of Fashion is about right. :)
Aug. 24th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Aug. 24th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, you need to see the pictures of me from exactly a quarter-century ago. When I first encountered the US Army, I don't know who was more scarred when we split up.
Aug. 24th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
I've always thought the US army had an interesting way of cutting recruit's hair.
Aug. 24th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
My photographic skeleton is in a drawer at my mother's house and it will never see the light of E-ther, but I can give you an idea. First grade. If the teacher reminded us that the photographer was coming to take our pictures after recess I sure wasn't listening. It was a lovely day for running around, the wind swooshing through your hair, tossing it hither, yon and in-between.

The result: boys with unmussable butch cuts, prim and proper girls with bouncy roller-set curls prepared by their mothers the night before, or straight-as-an arrow hair down to their shoulders (it was 1963 after all). And one wild child, looking like a cross between Roald Dahl's Matilda and Witch Hazel (if anyone remembers her).

There were no photo re-takes in 1963.

But I still remember how the wind felt in my hair.
Aug. 24th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
'...But I still remember how the wind felt in my hair...'

Sigh. Me too :(
Aug. 24th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
The first one is adorable, the second is a cool guy, the third one I would like if it only had the face.

Hm, I need to post skeleton photos soon, but I have so many awful pictures that it would take me days to go over them. :)
Aug. 24th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
That last one was my face CGI'd on the stunt double ;)
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Aug. 24th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
In that middle pic, you guys look like the cast for Mighty Boosh! :)
Aug. 24th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Aug. 25th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
Haha, those are cute.
Aug. 25th, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
Aug. 25th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Ok, that last one made gasp, then I laughed. Great pics! You were such a little cutie. As Spiderman, though?? ;)

I think the head being so very big for the body is just a bit creepy.
Aug. 25th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
You know, I never thought of it that way. I made a screensaver for my mom with loads of pictures of the children, and stuck this one in the middle of them all to give her a laugh.
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Aug. 25th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
I'm the little cutie holding the infant. Yeah--we were always mostly naked. :)
Aug. 25th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)
Ah, bless ;)
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Aug. 25th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
Those aren't my most embarrassing photos. Not by a long shot. Somewhere there's a picture of me when I had my perm :)
Aug. 25th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Well, there is this photo of me:

There might be some from the Disco Era, but luckily I was never folish enough to post them on the internet.
Aug. 25th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Cute pic, and nice that your dad carried it around with him all those years :)
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