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Photo Detective by Sandra Casey
 

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  • I love this photo. My nan had a clear out of things recently and asked me to look through and take any photos I wanted. She's 91 now and couldn't remember this photo but I wanted it because it had my dad in it.

    I have a feeling of wanting to be there - the man on the left is my Dad as a young man and I wasn't even a twinkle in his eye yet.

    I think he's probably about 20. My Nan is in the middle and my grandfather on the right.

    I like to look at their expressions and think about what they were thinking.

    I think it was taken by a holiday photographer - my dad is eyeing the camera with an indifference. I see introversion and a deep thinker with a taint of boredom. Which is funny because as a child he was always silly and messing around. As I've got older I see a different man. A more serious one perhaps the true man.

    My nan is shy and looking down - she always does this when she doesn't know the person taking the photo. I love the fact that she has matched all her clothes. She alway thought she was fat and ugly because of her glasses but I think she is beautiful.

    My grandfather loved Spain so I think this was probably Alicante or possibly Gibraltar - he looks relaxed and happy. In fact, he looks like he's had a couple of drinks and wants to dance. He deeply loved my nan but I don't think she loved him as much and he knew it.
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