If you do not know how people posed for pictures in the 70s and 80s, do not look any further than the halls of the African Union.
Three senior Gambia government officials did not hesitate to show that they are still young in spirit while posing for a photo next to the portrait of their first leader, Sir Dawda Jawara.
Gambia’s Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe, Trade Minister Dr. Isatou Touray, and Presidential Press Secretary Amie Bojang-Sisohore took a full squat as they pose and yeah, they got up easily too.
Well, so I was told but the fact remains, these oldies have not lost their olden swags at all! Go on old youngsters…..
Of course, I remember seeing pictures of my mom, aunties, uncles, and friends of my family posing like that in all their good ole day photos.
They were not stretching their mouths and shaping them into chicken butts. Well, because there were no smartphones for selfies, or snap chat or Instagram.
While we try a calculation harder than calculus for a pic, it was a simple math for them: squat + smile + 32 = best photo.
Taking a photo these days reminds me of my struggle in Mr. Laws further maths class. Take a picture at a specific angel, miss one decree makes everything wrong and the picture has to be deleted again, taken again, deleted again until you finally got it right. Perfect!
Yah, I must admit that is how many papers I have to trash too before getting that one problem right.
And so, Lawyer Darboe, Dr. Touray and Director Bojang-Sisohore gave the new Gambia and a look at “how pictures were taken.”
Now, that is a real Throw Back Thursday!