Friday, October 31, 2014
Oh Dad! That's either one very masculine looking woman, or dad's wearing his dress again.
I've written about this before, but what the hell, let's repeat. I spent decades working in photo labs, and I never had a week go by when I didn't print some sort of private photograph. There were a lot of amateur pin-ups, nude wives and girlfriends, the occasional naked man, and once in awhile, people having sex. But, by far and away, the most common of these pictures were of men dressed as women. It's not just Halloween. There are a lot of men, out there, who like to wear dresses, skirts, heels, and makeup all year around.
There's a stamp on the back, "SNAPPY SNAPSHOTS CHEROKEE, IOWA." Now, photo printers are a bit like doctors, without the code of ethics. People like to do all sorts of strange, weird, and wonderful things, and they like to take pictures. In Los Angeles, where I live and worked, it would have been difficult for me to blackmail one of our customers. Quite frankly, in L.A., nobody cares. But in Cherokee, Iowa, when this photo was taken, the Snappy Snapshots printer could have held an image like this over dad's head. And if you think digital takes away the embarrassment risk, just ask Jennifer Lawrence.