An enigmatic and cryptic portrait of a sober looking boy standing with his arm resting on what appears to be a very large cloth sack.
If this is one of those "hidden parent" images that were popular at the time, the photographer certainly had a little of E.A. Poe in him, since the sack appears to be stitched closed at the top. (What's next for this hapless sack,... to be bricked in with a cask of amontillado?)
If it is not a hidden parent in the sack, then what is in there? And why did the photographer use particularly this, a most strange studio prop. We challenge our kind viewers to use their imaginations and tell us what is going on here.