Roger and I were getting into the painting, The Son of Man (French: Le fils de l'homme) a 1964 painting by the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte.
Magritte painted it as a self-portrait and I thought it was appropriate to take this style with Roger; he always dressed the part. The painting consists of a man in an overcoat and a bowler hat standing in front of a low wall, beyond which is the sea and a cloudy sky. Here Roger is in his traditional suit, holding a bunch of baloons and his right elbow is bent. In the background of this highly manipulated photo is the sky.
About the painting, Magritte said:
At least it hides the face partly well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It's something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.
I say ditto!
The photo is sent to you boxed, signed, numbered, dated and titled on the back. The photo is in between two panels of foam core.
I hope you get a chuckle from my surreal friend.
Archival, matte photo paper