Friday, August 19, 2011

Old Photos & Old Frames

I like old photos in old frames.

I also like making photo collages as a mat or background for old black and white or sepia photos, and making up stories about them.

Old pictures have a considered attitude that doesn't really exist anymore. I mean the poses are different. And the facial expressions as well. I can't decide if they are more, or less, self conscious. They do seem more sober, knowing, and innocent all at the same time.

I've made up a story in this one by combining a telegram, a couple of letters, and a woman sitting on the porch steps in what I'm going to imagine are traveling clothes. The telegram is signed by "Ellie". She's from New York. It all suggests a beau. She doesn't necessarily look happy. You are free to make up the rest of the story.

You wouldn't be able to tell any of that from a modern photo. My camera even has a setting on it that won't take the picture unless the subject is smiling. My grandkids can't keep a natural face if they see a camera pointed their way.

This old frame has a fleur de lis and other interesting details that I like. The new Cavallini calendars made me want to use an old page from a ledger as a base for a new design. I wish it had been French!

I thought the image might also look good as a greeting card, so I reduced it and made a handful of those too.

After a busy summer I can feel myself ready to settle down to a few cut and paste projects. I haven't done any of them for awhile. All my bits and pieces are calling to me. And I wouldn't want to disappoint anyone. . . .


I hope your weekend is wonderful!
Ciao! for now!



Marydon said...

Jacqueline, your creations are just beautiful, so warm & full of memories. They resurface times in our lives of those gone before us. Lovely, thank you.

Have a beautiful weekend ~

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful old photos and papers. I love old photos too and own a lot of family ones of people I don't know at all. I have a similar frame that I think my mother spray painted brassy gold. It's really heavy and old. I like how you 'decorated' yours. Have a great weekend! Pamela

Liz said...

What a great way to give old photographs new and interesting life. Love the cards.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Bella said...

Good Moring J,
I collect old photos too, and yes I too always see the story behind the photo :-) I love the clothing and the raw beauty the women have in their make-up free faces!
Love the bits and pieces work! You always have beautiful graphics and present them so well, I am eager to see what you create!!
Have a fab weekend!!!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

love your collage and how you turned them into cards. so sweet. i too adore old photos...those eyes.....they "speak" to me....i wonder who they were...what their lives were like.

d e l i g h t said...

I love every one of these!!! I've always thought also that the poses and looks on the faces are different than now. You've done a great job and making up stories sounds fun.

Pink Princess said...

Love it. I also love old family photo's and am lucky to have lots of my ow n family :)

Hugs from Marian

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the collages, I like how you wrote stories to go with them. I like to do collage too, but I get too attached to the vintage paper, cards, photos, etc. in their original form and hate to alter them. Yours are beautifully done, an inspiration. Mom from Cottage and Broome.

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, I like old photos and collage too. It's fun to sit and create with bits and pieces. Your idea with the old telegram, etc. creates a fun piece.
Beautifully done! ~ Sarah
PS This is the first time I've noticed the beautiful photo of you on the sidebar. Fun to get a peek at Jacqueline. ;-)

Bella Vista Cottage said...

Jacqueline, your photographs are wonderful. Black and whites are a particular favorite of mine.

My husband has several albums filled with black and whites from his childhood....his dad was a professional photographer and I never tire of looking at them.

This post is magical.....isn't it fun going back in time?


Ivy and Elephants said...

I love how you have taken all your precious bits and pieces and woven them together to make this beautiful collage that can be displayed for all to see. Gorgeous and creative!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

You are so talented. And your creations are eye-candy for me.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

How pretty and interesting these are. Old photos carry such evocative stories. I love the way that you combined all of these to make such a wonderful collage. So creative.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Love's so rewarding to use the antique ephemera and make something beautiful, isn't it? xo Lidy

Bloggymom said...

Very beautiful! Love the frame.

Honey at 2805 said...

I so enjoyed your collages and the story you told yet left to the imagination. I too collect vintage photographs, both family and "adopted relatives". It's such a lovely item to turn the collage into note cards-they are precious!

under spanish moss said...

These pictures have such a wonderful meaning to us. They remind us of when we were growing up and visiting our grandparents who are now deceased.

Love black and whites for our own homes and old frames make them timeless!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Renee and Anglea

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh she does look like she is ready to travel, and isn't too happy about it! Love the way you think!!

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