Two men sitting on a grassy slope

What it is:

Photo (slightly less than 4 x 3.25 inches) mounted on black cardboard backing (slightly less than 6.25 x 5.25 inches; I cropped out most of the backing from this scan).

What I know about it:

Nothing!  Undated and unidentified.


A friend was once looking at my photos and said it was weird to see vintage photos of people outside a studio setting.   While I don’t agree in every case, I do understand what was meant, and I do sometimes feel that way about certain pictures, since in some photos things like houses and pets and trees look like they do today, and only the people look anachronistically out of place, giving the illusion of something false.  This is one such photo for me.  These could be guys seeking a bit of shade during a picnic, or two friends resting on the bank after a sporting day on the lake, but I can’t help but think they look more like movie actors on a break between takes.  Or maybe the guy on the left is the cameraman and the more dapper guy on the right is the actor.  Both seem a little out of their element, both seem to be awaiting something, both smoking.  I’m sure that if I were more accustomed to seeing people dressed like this, then the scene would feel less contrived to me.   I’ll probably never know what’s going on here, but it’s fun to guess.

4 comments on “Two men sitting on a grassy slope”

  1. Yes 🙂 I see what you mean. I never thought of that before.

  2. This shot could be an illustration from this book: (during one of the characters’ land excursions).

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