A large order from the Lothian Health Services Archive came our way recently, which included postcards from the hospital & group portraits of staff and patients. In amongst them I discovered an early example of photo bombing- look between the shoulders of the 2 chaps in the centre of the back row- I love combination of serious faces of the people posing and the incongruous jaunty feet in the air behind them. Was this intentional? Or did he simply happen to be doing a handstand at the time…?
When retouching you often notice small details that are easily overlooked, I wonder if this had even been noticed at the time the original was produced. It also makes me think: when was the first photo bomb? Has anyone else spotted any early examples?
Further information about LHSA can be found here http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/
Susan Pettigrew, Photographer