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A recent portrait taken of Mark in a period setting.

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Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on October 19, 2015 at 5:47pm

nice photograph.  very period looking. 

Comment by Strumelia on October 25, 2015 at 5:51pm

 I'm thinking that banjo and guitar players of the 19th century were pre-disposed to a much more upright position when playing.

I think it's more that people in general were more formal and upright when having their 'portrait' taken by a photographer.  Getting a photograph was a big deal and the photo represented who the person was.  People didn't take a dozen selfies every day.  On the other hand, in paintings of scenes from everyday life, musicians were usually shown in more natural poses, actively playing as opposed to posing.

Comment by Mark Bridge on October 25, 2015 at 8:33pm

I wanted the portrait to have the feel of a William Sidney Mount painting, or style of painting that plays with light typical of the Romantic period.  To have it feel too much like a period photograph with its long exposure time would, in my estimation, cause the portrait to lose its warmth.  I am glad that my ugly mug is causing some discussion. 

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on October 29, 2015 at 11:02am

Dan'l when I said the photo was very period looking, I wasn't meaning that it reminded me of a period photo, only that all the articles appear to be from the period even all the room itself.  I certainly agree that it has been computer enhanced probably photo shopped to give it an appearance of a painting.  It's well done to say the least. 

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on October 29, 2015 at 11:03am

I would just add, I would not mind having a pair of those trousers. 

Comment by Strumelia on October 29, 2015 at 11:50am

I actually had those pants in 1968.  But bell bottoms, and in variable width stripes in shades of blues rather than browns.   ;D

Comment by Al Smitley on October 29, 2015 at 12:43pm

In 1968, I had a Nehru shirt!  I'm embarrassed to admit I actually wore it, once.

Comment by Mark Bridge on October 29, 2015 at 1:16pm

I think you need bell bottoms to Ring, Ring De Banjo.


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