This photo session was a lot of fun but I had completely forgotten about it until I was cleaning up my computer files the other day.
My brother was on university exchange in Oregon, USA in 2012/2013. With a bit of travel at the start, he was away for approximately seven months in total. He didn’t shave while he was gone as he wanted to grow what he affectionately referred to as his ‘exchange beard’. He was under strict instruction from our Mum that it was to be shaved off upon returning home but we had some fun before the clippers were plugged in!
His appearance with the beard made me think of the proud, bearded men in portraits from the 1800’s. That was the inspiration behind these images.
Obviously, a proper 19th Century gentleman would wear a tie but we didn’t have anything suitable on hand.
Again, not totally true to the style/era as I am sure a proper 19th Century gentleman would have clean fingernails! My brother is a forester so the softness and cleanliness one would associate with a gentleman of that era is just not there.
I hope you enjoyed viewing the little ‘costume’ photo session we had earlier last year!