When I saw this goofy picture of Will Ferrell, it sparked a memory:
If you're a child of the 70s/80s, you know exactly what I'm talking about. In fact, you probably had at last one of these pictures taken of yourself. If not, you saw them hanging on your relatives' walls.
It turns out, I'm not the only one feeling nostalgic. There's even a Double Exposure Portrait Appreciation Society on Facebook.
I had to learn a little more about this crazy trend, which seemed to emerge in the mid to late 70s and fizzle out sometime around the early 80s. It was created by then-popular portrait chain Olan Mills. At some time, every set of parents dragged their children to Olan Mills for the latest "technology" in photography--the double exposure. It was either that or suffer the requisite family photo in front of a backdrop depicting some corny nature scene.
If you didn't get the nature scene, you were posed in front of a fake bookcase.
70s kids, are you feelin' me yet? Yeah, it was pretty bad, even in the 80s, when Olan Mills graduated to the marble-ish backdrop.
But nothing compares to double exposure. Except maybe Glamour Shots with their mostly failed attempts at making average people look like models.
Did your parents ever force you to get a really cheesy picture made? My mom found one of me: