Photographer Craig Gibson’s project, Boys and Their Fathers, is making some waves in cyberspace lately and it’s no wonder.
The series of individual and combined portraits is a thoughtful, playful look at dads and their sons in which the artist uses both individual portraits and then a combined portrait steeped in artistic license to suggest that their is real magic in our bloodlines.
Any viewer checking out the shots will quickly get caught up in trying to connect the seemingly endless dots that Glasgow, Scotland-based Gibson presents to us when he shows us just how incredibly similar many parents and their child are, both physically and beyond.
I say ‘beyond’ because much of what impresses me about these pics is that once you are done noticing how exactly alike nose shapes and hairlines and jaw angles can be, you end up moving on, almost unconsciously, to noticing the understated similarities in how many fathers and sons seem to have similar expressions: ever-so-slight smirks; the way their eyes squint just so when they are having their picture taken; the same young eyes glowing brightly in a son’s portrait still glowing years later in his father’s.
In a lot of ways I think Boys and Their Fathers is a masterful peek at the wonder of genetics and the rushing, powerful surge of family blood that runs through each of our veins, no matter who we are or where we come from.
We are all so individual, Gibson seems to tell us, we are all so very much ourselves.
And yet, we are all just a chip off of the old block, aren’t we?
Check it out for yourself…
*All images used with the express permission of the photographer, Craig Gibson.
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