How absolutely amazing are these portraits? I found them and the awesome story behind them on this site. Read below to see what I mean…
From the late 19th century until the 1990s, retratos pintados (“painted portraits”) were common in rural northeastern Brazil: family portraits retouched to improve appearances. They were acts of transformation, and could make your family members appear rich, healthy, and beautiful, even the dead ones. This practice could also resolve issues like boring clothes or hairstyles, lack of jewelry and even male pattern baldness.
I think someone needs to start a service like this here. I would kill to have a painting/photograph of my family like this. Face tattoos and gold watches all around.
*Speaking of portraits, I’m busy pairing people up for the Portraits Project, so if you have signed up, expect a new friend sooooooooooon x