Those are the exact words my son said to me when I returned home from a
flea market junket! With a scrunched up face and a bit of uneasiness, he
then uttered, "They're kinda creepy. Why do you get these?"
Why wouldn't I? After all, look at their character.. their expressions.. their clothing from a different era.. the antiquity.. the mystery! It never occurred to me that anyone would see it differently than I do but apparently I was wrong. I tried to explain as best as I could but we were having a bit of a disconnect. Just as I don't understand the need for 5 snowboards, when only one is necessary to get down a mountain, he doesn't understand the need to amass vintage photos of people I have not had the pleasure of knowing.
So, who are my new friends whose photos I bought at the flea market? Besides the seven tintypes, I found this couple...
..who obviously had some drama at their wedding. Makes you wonder why it was cut out like that. But that's what I love about it! A torn memory!
A tiny photo with children whose eyes are so dark and piercing. The ruffled lace collar with matching jabot. Somber expressions! Immediately, I think of using them for a Halloween collage.
|Same photo, just the opposite side... love this!!|
Everyone is safely back home with me. Everyone is accounted for! Now what do I do with them you ask? I use them on mixed media canvases like this...
(I will do another post about this class)
....or I use them to create little vignettes around the house. For instance, to display the wedding photo, I chose elements that would relate to a wedding.
Rosaries, flowers, vintage lace. And I always seem to gravitate towards books for support, height or the text.
With the glass negative photo, I used a worn toddler's shoe stuffed with vintage ecru lace to mimic a sock.
I prefer the simple look but you could even add antique wooden blocks to create more of a story.
Well, I need to get busy as I have another mixed media piece in the works! I hope this gives you some ideas of how to play with these photos. Until next time....