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The Old Men And The Sweater: The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest
August 3, 2013
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(All contestant photos: Henry Hargreaves)

Every year, Key West Florida plays host to a group of more than 100 men with silver beards, all of whom gather to pay tribute to a giant of American literature: Ernest Hemingway.

Starting on July 21st (Papa Hemingway's birthday), the nembers of the Hemingway Look-Alike Society take part in four days of competitions, including arm wrestling, drinking, fishing, and a "running of the bulls."

The competition started way back in 1981 at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, where Hemingway used to drink when he lived in the area. That year, 36 men competed for the title of Hemingway look-alike, and the contest was judged by Ernest's brother Leicester.

It's been held every year since, with more and more contestants taking part.

This year, photographer Henry Hargreaves attended the festivities and created a photo series called 'Becoming Hemingway'.

His aim was to recreate this iconic photo of Hemingway, taken by Yousef Karsh in 1957.

This one looks the most like the real Hemingway, because this is the real Hemingway (Photo: Yousef Karsh)

Hargreaves gave each look-alike a copy of the sweater worn in the photo, and then tried to get them in the right frame of mind to look like Papa.

PetaPixel reports that when the 1957 portrait was taken, Hemingway had just returned from Africa, where he was involved in a terrible plane crash.

He was in an immense amount of pain, but somehow managed to compose himself for the shot.

Check out some of Hargreaves' portraits below:








Via PetaPixel


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