A recent article in the New York Times discussed a new kind of family portrait for those whose members are scattered across the country or even across the globe. It involves calling distant relatives on Skype and then projecting an image of the long-distant participant on a wall where everyone can then be photographed together, resulting in a photo like this.
The author of this article points out that in Singapore, where the photo was taken, family photos are prized—but more and more, younger members are away from home, at school or working. This "Skype" portrait, developed by Singaporean photographer John Clang, is an effort to solve that problem. You can read all about it here.
Family portraits are just as prized in the United States, but we're still doing things the traditional way, with family members gathered in the living room, outside in the yard or at a vacation home. Make plans to have your family portrait taken the next time everyone is together. You'll find that as parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren grow older, the opportunities to get everyone in the same place are fewer and farther between. And as great as a "Skype" portrait is, nothing beats the real thing.