The way it was and still is . . . by Bonnie T.  Barry

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Some of you may have seen an earlier post of my 84 year old father cutting my 5 year old grandson’s hair. Sandy Stewart gave me the idea to add this image (a different shot) in sepia tones. I also added the diffuse glow filter to give the image a “look back in time” feel to it. Thanks, Sandy, for your suggestion; it was a good one!

My father, a WWII veteran who survived the sinking of the Yorktown in the South Pacific, has been cutting hair since post war days. He has a collection of sweet potato labels which are scattered throughout his shop and a ton of other memorabilia on the walls. If you View Larger, you’ll see to Daddy’s left a photo of him cutting my son’s hair. My son, who is now 33 years old, was probably about the same age as my grandson in that picture. When Daddy showed my son the finished haircut by producing a little hand held mirror, Tom always put his hands over his eyes. He was too shy to see his cute little self up close like that! I love the way the generations are documented here and the way Paw Paw Taylor, as my son and grandson call him, is shown still working and still enjoying it in his golden years of life.

Hope you like this image, “The way it was and still is . . .”

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  • KjunSL1
    KjunSL1almost 6 years ago

    My mom’s shop looks like that… she’s had her own shop for thirty something years. She’s had to raise prices over the years so a haircut now costs 11$. there is no sweet potatoes though. A very nice capture, and lovely photo treatement.

  • bamagirl38
    bamagirl38almost 6 years ago

    Oh this is just PRECIOUS ! I absolutely love it Bonnie !!! What a treasured piece this is !

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 6 years ago

    Precious indeed. Your daddy looks so happy to be continuing a family tradition. A wonderful, wonderful moment to treasure.

  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusalmost 6 years ago

    Bonnie I love this image and I really love what you have written; grinning from ear to ear my friend!

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartalmost 6 years ago

    Oh Bonnie,……I LOVE IT!!!!! A real old time feel to this!!! :)

  • mowphoto
    mowphotoalmost 6 years ago

    My dad is 56 and still goes to the same barber once a week. I did a shoot of him a couple of years ago. I love the way you framed it with the b/w

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelalmost 6 years ago

    My goodness, what a wonderful story of your father, and an equally wonderful photo. Your love and admiration for your father comes through. Beautiful. – Cora

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgealmost 6 years ago

    This is beautiful Bonnie

  • TrEaSuReDiMaGeS
    TrEaSuReDiMaGeSalmost 6 years ago

    I loved the first one that you uploaded and this one done in sepia tone is awesome too Bonnie!! And a wonderful tribute to your dad!! :-)) A special photo to treasure always!!

  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...almost 6 years ago

    this is Wonderful!!! and you must give it to your dad to hang below the other photo on the wall. made me flashback alittle, but wow you have outdid yourself on this. excellent job bonnie, i am sure your father would be honored to have this

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