here’s a confession for you: i have never, ever taken an Olan Mills portrait, neither solo nor with family, and i gotta tell you… i feel like i’m missing out on an important part of the black experience. one of my current life dreams/goals is to go get one of those 2-part pictures, the one with you sitting and smiling happily in the foreground, and a picture of your serious thoughtful face floating around in the back ground. yall know what i’m talkin bout, right?
so until that happens, i have to sate myself with looking at others. i found some fun ones via google’s image search. not all of them are Olan Mills, but all of them are freakin hilarious.
*The library backdrop. Oh, why hello there, young scholar! How lucky of you to find me here amongst my many leather-bound books! It is here that I spend all of my days meandering among those who truly understand me: Tolstoy, Euripides, Kafka, and Sista Soulja.
*The Fade-Out. Because it’s pretty much the only way to make a mullet or a banjo look classy.
*The Kids. …there are open fields and bubbling brooks in inner city Detroit??!
*The Pets. I don’t think I’ve ever truly seen a cat frown before.
*The Classic. Sometimes I’m joyous and carefree. Other times, I am pensive very tuned in to the suffering of the world.
*The… Bizarre. Wait, what?
The fact that they’re all probably brother and sister makes this really creepy for me.
*The Awesomest. Hallelu-him!
NOTE: click-through link on that last one is potentially not work safe.