This day and age, the term “photobombing” has become increasingly popular. People find it quite comical when they spot a person unintentionally lurking in the background of their images. Normally, it’s complete strangers who we’ve never seen before nor will ever see again.
If you think about it long enough, you become intrigued by the unknown person in the photograph. More often than not, they just are considered an error in the picture and are long forgotten. One photobomb has stood the test of time in one of the most iconic album covers of all time.
The Beatles’ 1969 Abbey Road album photo was noted as one of the most creative and unique pictures to date. The members of the band are seen in trendy attire walking over a striped road crossing. Many have gone years without noticing one accidental photobomb.
Now that it’s been brought to light has sparked a great deal of controversy. If you take a closer look, you’ll see that on the right side of the image near a row of cars, a mystery man in a tan sweater happens to be standing on the sidewalk. I’m sure he was just out and about enjoying the beautifully sunny weather without a second thought of the fact that he would forever be stamped on an image of this caliber.
Many have argued over who the man truly was that unintentionally snuck his way onto the perfectly-timed cover image. Years later, the truth has finally emerged on the true identity of the mystery man. An American named Paul Cole is the face of the image, and he just so happened to be at the right place at the right time.
According to sources, he was standing outside patiently waiting for his wife. He stated that he was taken aback by the sight of the men, namely because one member, Paul McCartney, was without shoes.
“I just happened to look up, and I saw those guys walking across the street like a line of ducks. A bunch of kooks, I called them, because they were rather radical-looking at the time. You didn’t walk around London barefoot,” he stated in an interview with The Mirror.
Once the image spread like wildfire, it was then that Cole instantly recognized himself. While, to some, it will always be an error in the image or mere happenstance, Cole will forever be immortalized in the image that will go on for eternity.