Sunday, July 10, 2011

The non-Sartorialist

Do you read The Sartorialist blog? I do. I like the quirky clothes although I suspect that the photographs of women are more about the uniformly spindly body shape than the clothes. I particularly like the vintage photos that readers send in mostly of their grandparents or parents kicking back on holiday.

It's a bit splotchy, and probably not up to Sartorialist standards, but this is a photograph of my grandfather Thomas Long. At the time this photograph was taken, probably in the mid 1930s, he was working as a builder's labourer in and around Hamilton in Scotland. He would later own his own building contractor's business. I love the nonchalant pose and the effortless elegance just for a day out at the seaside.

4 comments:

materfamilias said...

I'd say this is definitely up to the Sartorialist's standards! Your grandfather not only looks elegant at the seaside, but there's something dynamic about his casual pose -- and is that a camera or its case beside him? I like that in the photo -- a bit of "meta". . .

Anonymous said...

Hi Lesley, I've never seen this photo before.
Pamp looks casually elegant. His shoes are immaculately shiny.
Is there a touch of Robert D'Niro about him?
His hands are huge!
Ronnie

Dick said...

Even at the seaside, formal clothing, though. I have similar grandparental pictures, the men in ties and the women buttoned up to the neck.

Eva said...

I love that photo! He looks so dressed up yet effortless... true style!!!!!