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“Why Boys Need Parents!” Is this a photograph or a painting?

This image (which appears on a lot of humor and weird picture sites around the web) is often captioned, "Why boys need parents." And try as I might, that's the only information I can find out about it. Where it came from and who created it, I have no idea.

I'm not even sure whether this is a photograph or a painting, though I suspect it's a painting. The low resolution makes it difficult to tell, and I can't find any higher-res copies. It's the boy's legs, in particular, that make me suspect it's a painting. They look slightly unrealistic.

So I'm posting this here in the hope that someone, at some point, might come along who knows something about the source of this image.

Update: Thanks to pazuzu for quickly identifying the source of this painting. (Yes, I was right. It's a painting!) It's an oil on canvas by Ron Francis titled "Skateboarding". Francis writes: "This image was inspired by a childhood memory. The suburb was somewhere around the north side of Sydney harbour and I was the boy on the skateboard."
Categories: ArtPhotos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Mon May 07, 2012
It is a painting by Ron Francis:
http://customers.skymesh.com.au/~ronfrancis/index.html
Posted by pazuzu  on  Mon May 07, 2012  at  03:55 PM
I think it a "real" photo, in so much that I think it is a photo and not a painting. I do think it likely "posed", to be tongue in cheek and meant to be funny.
You see pigment bleed a lot in 1950-1970 era photos. It is even possibly that this was "colored", like many older movies have been. Add to that an old scanner with the imaging problems associated with them, and pretty soon a mediocre quality photo looks fake...
Just my opinion...
Here are few examples:
http://www.oldukphotos.com/graphics/England Photos/Essex, Shoeburyness, East Beach in the early 1960's - 1280pix.jpg
http://www.oldukphotos.com/graphics/England Photos/Dorset, Weymouth Beach 1960's.jpg
Posted by InsaniD  on  Mon May 07, 2012  at  07:11 PM
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