Sweetly Satirical Photos Of The World’s Best Father And His Daughter Alice Bee

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Dave Engledow is the world’s best father. He even has the book to prove it. Engledow’s ongoing photo series “documenting” life with his daughter Alice Bee is dangerously charming. Initiated in 2010, when Alice Bee was about six weeks old, Engledow has Photoshopped the pair into absurd, perilous, and touching scenarios. His wife Jen helps with every shoot, sometimes entering the frame.

“It’s funny-my initial intent with these images was to create something a bit darker that subverted the cutesy, overly-poignant clichés you see in a lot of traditional baby portraiture. I never intended for this project to be a heartwarming, feel-good story. Ironically, what a lot of people tell me they take away from these images is the obvious love that I have for Alice Bee-people see beyond the silly, satirical character I portray in these images and instead see a father who has decided to spend his precious free-time creating something special and unique for his daughter. I guess that’s pretty cool, if unintended and unexpected.” (Source)

To create the images, Engledow shoots Alice Bee first, a process that can take anywhere from 10 minutes to over an hour. He then photographs himself and digitally combines the images, which takes between 5-15 hours depending on the complexity of the shot. The series first gained attention in 2013 when Kickstarter featured his campaign to turn the photos into a calendar. Confessions of the World’s Best Father, the book, followed in May 2014.

“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.” (Source)

Part perplexed, part demented, Engledow commits to his role as bumbling dad. The result is a labor of love that captures the unique bond between father and daughter.
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  • rlc37

    This is absolutely adorable and when you have a 6’6”, 320
    lb. man saying something like that, it’s saying something. I have to agree with
    the people he’s talked to, I don’t really see a whole lot of darkness in these
    pictures. Comedic, yes, most definitely. Like them I see a man that loves his
    daughter very much and tries to spend as much time with her as possible, and no
    doubt has a sense of humor. My wife loved the one of him in the tutu (possibly
    because she’s tried getting me to dress up as a ballerina for Halloween and I refuse
    to do it). I think my personal favorite is the one of him training her for the Olympics.
    He obviously put a lot of thought into it, if he hadn’t put all the elements in
    the photo that he did, it wouldn’t have been as easily understandable as it
    was. If he had been missing any two of the elements like the Olympics onesie
    she is wearing, her hair being wet, the coach label on his shirt, the
    stopwatch, or the little swimming pool thing, it could have been misconstrued
    to mean something else. Most people wouldn’t put this much thought and effort
    into something that sounds like it started out as either a hobby or something
    to give his daughter when she’s older and in those rebellious teenage years. Another
    great one is him being in time out for swearing, it’s another one without the
    right elements it wouldn’t have worked (the bar of soap definitely show
    dedication on his part). Does he have a website where he displays more of his
    work or talks about his thought processes for coming up with his ideas? Or possibly
    talks about the equipment he uses or the ways he manipulates the pictures in Photoshop?