It started as just one photo that captured the “dazed, sleep-deprived obliviousness of the new father”, but Dave Engledow’s hilarious photoshopped snaps are quickly garnering international attention.
The shot of Engledow holding his daughter, Alice Bee, while pouring milk from her bottle into his coffee cup has spawned a whole collection of photos under his ‘World’s Best Father’ project
“When my daughter Alice Bee was born in 2010, I knew that I wanted to document her life creatively and put together a collection of photos that she would treasure as an adult,” Engledow writes.
The Maryland-based photographer has now documented his 1-year-old daughter in over 56 different situations — none of which are exactly appropriate for an infant.
Engledow reveals that he takes several photos and merges them on Photoshop and then alters them digitally to highlight the fact that they are not real and meant to be humorous.
“I want the style to alert people to the fact right away that this is supposed to be funny,” Engledow told the Huffington Post. “That’s why I ham it up a little bit in the shots … because I want people to get right away this is a joke, it’s not real.”
He adds: “The character I portray in this series is intended to be a parody of the father I hope I never become — distracted, self-absorbed, neglectful, clueless, or even occasionally overbearing.”
While the scenarios between Engledow and his daughter are constantly changing, one thing remains constant— a mug boasting the phrase “World’s Best Father” is always in the picture.
Engledow is hoping to turn the images into a 2013 calendar and is endeavouring to fund it with his Kickstarter page.