Tuesday, 7 September 2010

A frame of mind


Here we have my latest behind-the-camera efforts showing my good friend Ellen (who I have known since I was three!) It was a completely spontaneous set of photos - no planning or forethought here! She had come round for a sociable catch up, and after poring over my Tim Walker book together, I had a real urge to do some photography. And lo-and-behold, I had just the willing model to use!
The only trouble was, I had no immediate idea what kind of photos or mood I wanted to create, or what I wanted to dress her in. Panic ensued, with me making her try on lots of different items while looking furtively at the light levels outside (it was already quite late in the afternoon) while also watching the clothes pile up on the floor. In the end inspiration struck after noticing an old frame propped up outside my room. Slowly the story started to materialise in my head...
Ellen would play the part of a traveller (inspired by 'As I walked out one Midsummer morning'), walking through the countryside with her only luggage being an antique frame. So that was the concept sorted - now for the outfit.
I remembered a number of underskirts stuffed away in our dressing up box and dug them out to layer on Ellen. I think she ended up wearing about seven in total... Plus a netting skirt. The top 'dress' was made from the biggest skirt, cinched by a belt my grandma wore in the seventies. This 'dress' (underskirt) was given to my mum by a Great-Aunt when she was a teenager. I feel it has more than a touch of Miss Havisham about it.
Then it was on with as many vintage necklaces as possible - sources ranging from charity shops to hand-me-downs from relatives.
We did her hair by backcombing it, pinning the ends underneath and using a lot of hairspray! (And I mean a lot.. Enough to ensnare any small bug that had the misfortune to land on her hair.) The silk scarf is from my collection inherited from my great-grandma.

So after all the frantic fuss getting ready, there was a wonderful calm in actually taking these pictures of my lovely, photogenic friend. It's funny how sometimes taking photos of someone makes you notice things in a different way - such as how blue her eyes are! She graciously agreed to do all shots barefoot - not very comfortable on a tarmac road, no matter how rural! As the light died away we ran about from location to location, trying to capture the feeling of a perfect day.

The first image here was made later by some judicious copying and pasting in Paint, but I've posted the original at the end too - I was trying to frame the road, which I thought fitted the storyline. I'm now hoping to use some of these photos for my latest art project at school.

Talking of school, I went back today. It's strange suddenly being thrown back into an everyday routine. However, as I've mentioned before, it might mean a more steady blogging rate! And I really do want to take the time now to reply to all your lovely comments - I feel so bad if I don't reply to people who've been kind enough to write their views or thoughts on my posts. So once I'm back in the swing of everyday order, I will try harder!

30 comments:

samantha. said...

love the frame picture!!!sooo cool!

xo
sami

San said...

absolutely fantastic pics!

Dylana Suarez said...

That first picture is magical! Love the effect!

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Fashionista- I am your fashion mannequin said...

you are so talented!

sharonlei said...

Isn't it great to still have friends in your life from your childhood? :) These photos are lovely (as usual).. the first one is my favorite!

xx Love & Aloha

annierama said...

the first picture is really really amazing! the frame shows something like a long long long view in the future!

Kimberly June said...

Well done~

Lucy said...

These pictures are so gorgeous, especially the third one! You have an amazing eye for composition..
x
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Jen said...

I adore what you did with the first photo! It looks so great. These are so amazing and very Alice in Wonderland.

Mother of Style said...

Great imaginative photo series- the first one is definitely my favorite!

Fashionistable said...

Wowo, Wonderful post and story. I love the 1st shot very Tim Walker - great inspiration well executed. Your friend is cute and the styling is great. Well done on your travels behind the camera. Xxxx

Gracie said...

This is very cool, I think I like the second picture the best!

November Grey said...

Great pix! The first one is very cool!!

xx

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Suzannah said...

You have such brilliant ideas! All the photos you take have a story behind it. It's just great! I have to say, I love the last one the best.

Closet Fashionista said...

These are great!!! :D :D
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Return to My Blogg said...

look! the gown is white and nice!
like it!

Antonia Glavic said...

You are becoming quite the photographer, your work is progressing very nicely! The frame is a great prop and you've used it so well in the first picture. Well done.

Antonia

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Valentina said...

i LOVE the first picyure, the effect is amazing!

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❤Cate❤ said...

Love these images xoxo

Trishna said...

I know everyone else had said so and I know how you did it, but that does not make the first photo any less magical you know. :)

Your friend is lovely indeed but you truly have the vision to make anyone/ anything look out of the ordinary. :)

Love from Toronto, Canada

Tiffany x said...

I LOVE the first picture. I saw it, and i just thought it was some effect with a mirror and then i was like, What?! its AMAZING and totally magical :-)x

Miranda said...

Very cool, I love the creativity!
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alexandratherese said...

I love the fact that you just found a frame lying around outside your door, and from that you have created a beautiful story and outfit! Hats off to you Roz!

Alexandra Thérèse xx

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purelovefashion said...

Great hair and necklaces.

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styleodyssey said...

very sweet, that white frock. and look at all that incredible jewelry ellen is wearing!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Great photo set! And the first one is brilliant. Simply brilliant.

daisymay aka Chantele said...

Nice work, these are great, very cool! I have a big frame sitting here and been thinking about using it in some photos, will have to break it out now.

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BattyNora said...

wow i can't believe you just used paint, it looks photoshopped! i love the styling here, the colours remind me of gypsies; also the disheveled (?) hair looks so great, especially with the scarf.
xx

Emily said...

I love this photo shoot! I'm using this as an inspiration for my senior pictures :)