A Little More Exposure For Dad by artwhiz47

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More truth than poetry here. This compelling shot, taken by my mother, Gladys, on the famous 1936 honeymoon at Lumina, Lake of Bays, Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, preceded the Great Sunburn. Both parents, who were otherwise intelligent people who KNEW BETTER, went out for a day-long paddle in their bathing suits, & the rest is painful history. Both fair of skin, both broiled.
Both brilliant canoists, by the way.

Charles (Charlie) William McConnell (1910 ~ 1979), handsome as ever.

Last year’s Father’s Day Tribute to Charlie.

A short bio, eh? I am Sheila, & I am short.

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  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 3 years ago

    How charming foto

  • Thank you, Bobby.

    – artwhiz47

  • And thanks for the favorite, friend!

    – artwhiz47

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 3 years ago

    Fantastic photo!! A real beautiful tribute to your Dad my friend!! xx :O]

    Les and I are going out on a 5 day canoe trip and portage this coming weekend….we will not try to duplicate your story here!! :O] sleeping 4 nights in a tent with a sunburn would not be fun. lol!! :O]

  • Thanks, Tracy. And thanks for favoring the Old Man (not so old here….) Where are you going on this adventure. Sounds like fun… without the burn, of course.

    – artwhiz47

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsover 3 years ago

    Wonderful photo, Sheila! Love the background story.

    Our first vacation to Ocean City earned my mom the nickname “Red Raccoon” (due the big sunglasses she wore). Everything was burned lobster red …except around her eyes. She was out of commission for a few days.

  • I think we all have a sunburn story or two. I’m always reminded of the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy is invited to wear a Don Loper original in a fashion show in Hollywood… falls asleep in the sun by the hotel pool, burns to a crisp, then is assigned a Harris Tweed suit with a high collar & a tight skirt. Oh, the pain! A great showcase for her unbeatable brand of physical comedy. When we were up north & got a good burn, my aunt applied liberal doses of vinegar. Hurt like hell going on, but took out the sting posthaste! And then we smelled like marinade for a while…. Many thanks, Gene.

    – artwhiz47

  • JanT
    JanTover 3 years ago

    Ouch. I can feel that burn. Both of my parents were redheads; perhaps the sun’s power is a rite of passage, Sheila. Good scan. Did you add the warm tone? Works well.

  • Thank you, Jan. The original is pretty good & is in a very dark sepia ~ almost b & w. Also, Gladys was So In Love (my theory) that she tilted the camera a fair amount, leaving the horizon/waterline a bit slippery. I straightened that out, heightened the contrast just a hair, softened the sepia, & took out a couple of black spots, one of which was right in the middle of my father’s biceps. This was a quick fix, to good effect, I think. I just may have the mate to this, with Mom in the canoe, somewhere.

    – artwhiz47

  • JanT
    JanTover 3 years ago

    I thought perhaps your mother knew the “rule of thirds” and went on to become a photographer.

  • Ha ha ~ she’d have appreciated that comment.

    – artwhiz47

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    Oh to be young and silly Sheila – these days no-one would dare go out without sun screen !
    How lucky you are to have these pictures to remember ! You’ve done a great job with the treatment !

  • Thanks, Roy. Neither of them suffered any permanent ill effects, happily.

    – artwhiz47

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 3 years ago

    A wonderful vintage image Sheila. I can relate to that caliber of sunburn…and NOT a picnic. That was when I was a kid, but ever since that, have got great tans which were the envy of sunworshippers…even today. >Ron<

  • Thanks, Ron. Last night I located the matching view of my mother in the canoe. The originals are particularly funny because neither of the photographers could hold the camera straight. This one had the horizon line heading upward from left to right. The one of Mom that Dad took had the horizon heading downward from left to right. My take on it: Mom was optimistic, Dad less so…. Either way, they did get burned!

    – artwhiz47

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

    ..and ended up as as ‘red skins’

  • And How. Thanks, Steve!

    – artwhiz47

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 3 years ago

    great story Sheila. I can’t even imagine the sunburn they must have got being out all day. Another great historical shot you have here Sheila

  • Let this be a lesson to you ~ when you & Ray get out in that canoe. I’ll bet Mom’s turned to tan, but Dad’s, heh heh… peeled away several layers of skin, no doubt. Thanks, Dave!

    – artwhiz47

  • Hélène David-Cuny
    Hélène David-Cunyover 3 years ago

    Well, if skin is like vegetation, it grows better and stronger after stubble-burning… ;-)

  • Point well taken; I’ll have to ponder it a while. Thanks, Helene!

    – artwhiz47

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