The dapper fella featured here writes: “I had just moved [to Seattle] from Huntignton Beach…yeah. I was a sophomore and my date shocked the school by asking me. But I was hot, and this WAS Seattle, and women up there are REALLY desperate. I’m not really sure what inspired the white gloves and cane…could be that folks said I looked like Gene Wilder at the time and I was going with a Willie Wonka/Young Frankenstein look…”
You know, while I am enthralled by the Willy Wonka look — white gloves, white cane, chocolate-colored tuxedo — the magic of this photo really lies in its composition.
Someone thought it would make sense to set this lovely woman down in a small wicker chair-throne thing, which, okay, 1980, whatever. But then? Rather than put the chair-throne somewhere completely visible, the photographer decided to situate the woman behind and to the side of a sofa.
And then take a picture of half the livingroom.
Hey, so, that is a sofa, right? It’s hard to tell, but I’m pretty sure that’s a black sofa that’s been bedazzled.
Meanwhile…Did you notice this couple is sporting the exact same bangs? I mean, practically the exact same haircut, too, but the parting of the bangs is especially notable. I mean, “notable” if you get beyond the bedazzled couch.