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Begging for a caption

Friday, 1 July 2011

By Charles Cowling


Shirley sent me this striking picture by email from America.

Me to Shirley: Intercession in action. I wonder if she’s there to make his prayers more effective, or because she’s family.

Shirley to me: I wonder what the backstory is here – there are no other graves in the background, so I wonder if it is private property. They are clearly posing in a way that reminds me of those pre-renaissance veneration portraits. Was it common practice to take a picture with a grave? I personally haven’t seen this kind of portrait before.

Who is Shirley? Shirley is The Modern Mourner.

What’s going on here?


Photo on sale at Etsy here.

2 comments on “Begging for a caption

  1. Monday 11th July 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Without any especially funny caption in mind, I couldn’t help wondering what the good John Cleese was doing in the sister’s company.

  2. Jonathan

    Saturday 2nd July 2011 at 6:26 pm


    “If you’ve finished, Sister, I only came here for a wee.”

    “For God’s sake, no sooner does the misses finally croak than the girlfriend gets religion.”

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