Today would have been my Dad’s 99th birthday. I’ve posted a number of pictures of him in prior posts and it’s starting to become difficult to find good pictures of him I haven’t already posted—he generally preferred to be behind the camera rather than in front of it. The nude figure studies probably wouldn’t be the best choice. I don’t know that I’ll ever forget the expression on the face of a dear friend of ours when she stumbled across them, thumbing through one of our old photo albums.
I’m not entirely sure of the story behind this photo. I suspect he took it himself, probably trying out the timer feature on his camera. I would say he’s in his late twenties or early thirties here. His expression is a bit goofy. He had very poor vision and I can only speculate that he removed his glasses to avoid the reflection from the flash that would otherwise have been apparent.
I don’t know that I’ve really conveyed my Dad’s personality in my posts about him. One of his most notable characteristics was enthusiasm. He approached everything with enormous energy, drive, and joy.
He was an avid and skilled amateur photographer. He belonged to a photography club and was an early experimenter with color photography.
He was also what’s called an “early adopter” of technology. He was the first lawyer in St. Louis to use a dictaphone or xerography and not too many years before his death he was starting to write articles about technology in the practice of law.
I’m quite sure he would have been thrilled with digital photography and would have owned a top-of-the-line professional camera.