Dad, Oct 2009. | Head On Photo Festival

Dad, Oct 2009.

Photographer's Name: 
George Byrne

This image was taken one evening while on holidays with my family. My father Robin has always been one of my favourite people to photograph because he has a great face and that rare ability to be really truthful and connected while looking down the lens.

He is a very important person in my life and probably the wisest, most individualistic and most compassionate people I know. It's these features in him that I think/hope exist in this portrait.

When I showed his this photo he grabbed his chin and - though small spurts of exasperated laughter - said: 'hmm, yeah ..it's not a bad shot son, but a pity I look completely fucked!'. He thought he looked ancient, I assured him he looked more like a wise old Greek philosopher.

Festival Year: 
2010