You probably already know that one of my greatest joys, hobbies, interests, obsessions…is photographs! I just LOVE photographs! I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember! They’ve always held such wonder to me…such mesmerizing fascination! Whether their old or new I love them!
Recently I found out that a friend of mine has a common interest in old photos. Her name is, Katie. And though I don’t know if she’s as unbalanced as I am when it comes to old photos, she has her own quirky little obsession about them. Furthermore, it was Katie who lent me the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which is WILDLY intriguing to me because of the premise! Though I haven’t read it yet, I’m starting this weekend and I’m stoked about it!
However, being that I was impatient to read this book and needed to wait until I was a little less stressed so that I could enjoy it…I ordered a book by the same author entitled, Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued From the Past. I was hoping it would be something I could share with Katie…and parts of it are. However, there were a few photos and captions included that kind of took the zing out of it for me, enough that I decided not to buy it for her. BUT the author’s Introduction and Afterward are PROFOUND! I definitely will share those with Katie…and I’d like to begin sharing them with you!
Just as Katie found Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, read it, loved it and then remarked, “Darn it! Someone else ran away with my idea before I could do it!”…I flipped through Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued From the Past and had a similar reaction. I suddenly began wishing I could catalog my antique photo collection somehow…turn it into a book, including my thoughts about each one or something. And though I don’t plan on doing that, I would like to share a few of my favorites here and there, you know?
Not to worry! I won’t overwhelm you at all! Ha ha! And believe me I could! I just thought it would be fun to share a few…just because. I’ll start simply, with something that I discovered just last autumn. These photos aren’t vintage. They’re not beautiful, and they don’t tell a wonderful, sweet or romantic story. But they crack me up!!!! (Keep in mind that, after sharing these with you, I do hop to a vintage photo as part of my blog contest this week. 🙂 )
I know you’ve seen them, too. They were all over the Internet last year…and even though I feel bad for everyone caught in one of these photos, they just made giggles start burbling out of my mouth and lifted my heart with each and every viewing! They’re photos taken by the automatic camera set up in some haunted house (which I’ve forgotten the name of! 🙁 ) I’ll include just a couple of my favorites:
I call this one: “Freaked Out Boy Band”
The guy furthest to the right just kills me! AND I love how they’re all hanging on to each other for dear life! Seriously, I don’t really go to haunted houses anymore, because I’m afraid I’ll literally have a heart attack! But these guys are classic! Young, brave and obviously able to handle the sudden scares! Yikes! Do you love it? Ha ha! It’s a favorite of mine!
Another one that I like from last year is: “Hang Onto Your Flip Flops, Maynard!”
Just LOVE the guy holding his flip flops! Like it’s not bad enough you have to walk through a haunted house…you’re going to go through bare foot, too!? Yikes! No way! The girl at the back of the line is great! I just love this one! You’ve GOT to love people, right? How can we all ever have any contention with one another when these kinds of photos and experiences together exist, you know? Love these haunted house shots! I wish I could have a drawer full of them! And, I’m sorry…but I HAVE to share this one! Seriously, it kills me and is one of my very favorites!
I call it: “Happy Halloween, Shawties!”
Good times. 🙂 Good times. 🙂 I hope there are more this fall! Let me know if you see them and I miss them, okay?
Speaking of Halloween: Well that brings me to my next little story…and yes…it’s totally random.
However, as you also may or may not know, some of my favorite, favorite in the world photos, are old Wedding Photos. My daughter, Sandy, and my daughter-in-law, Mallory, share this passion of mine. Nevertheless, I’m the psycho in the bunch. And here’s proof.
Whenever I’m in an antique store, I search through every box of photographs I have time to. To be honest, if a photo is too faded or silvered, I have to find the strength to pass it up, because I already have more wedding photos than one person would ever need. But last fall, I kept coming across one particular wedding photo that began to sort of call to me. It wasn’t very expensive, and it wasn’t the best quality in that it had some soiling and some silvering.
Yet, I found myself returning to look at it over and over and over. Something in my heart just wanted to purchase it so badly. And I think it might have been merely for the fact that…well…(and I’m not meaning to sound mean, I’m just being honest about my thoughts)…the reason I kept passing it up was…well, the poor little bride just was a bit odd looking. I kept imaging that she was exactly what Edward Rochester’s poor insane wife-in-the-attic looked like, you know? I know it sounds so mean…but it’s just what I kept thinking! And furthermore, every time I looked at the groom…I would think, that even though he’s a fairly handsome guy (probably considered a REAL catch back in the day), I would also think that he kind of looked like Prince Frank Stein in one of my favorite children’s books, The Witch Who Wanted to Be a Princess. I mean, he’s a good looking guy…and she’s really a sweet and obviously blue-eyed girl…but I just kept pausing in purchasing.
And then one glorious, crisp autumn day last October, I finally caved! I bought the wedding photo of Frank and Bella (named for the hero and heroine in the romantic The Witch Who Wanted to Be a Princess)…and I have never regretted it for a moment! The photo of Frank and Bella is still one of my favorites in my collection…and it’s not even in good condition! But I just LOVE that wild-eyed Bella lured tall, dark and edwardianly handsome, Frank into falling in love with her!
I have a lot of custom framed antique wedding photos clustered throughout my house…and as soon as I find just the right place, Frank and Bella will be framed and join the ranks of my eternal favorites! I’m so so sooooooo glad I purchased this tattered little photo! (Katie…you HAVE to go get that one you wanted at that antique store!) It’s so dear to my little heart. Don’t you just adore them? Don’t they just look so in love and happy? I mean, this photo is from the era when people didn’t DARE smile in photographs…and to me the fact that they look so resplendent, is just further proof of how in love they were! How romantic, right? 🙂
Now, I know I’ve bored you long enough…so how about we get on to this week’s contest, huh? 🙂
First of all, the winner of last week’s contest and the 2 Pamela Duncan Edwards books is…Amy Koster! Send me your snail mail address, Amy…at email@example.com and I’ll get your books in the mail!
As for this week’s contest…hmmm…how about this…leave a comment in any of the various venues (i.e. Here, Facebook, Goodreads, etc.) and the name I pull out of my hat next week will win a paperback copy of The Witch Who Wanted to be A Princess, AND an 8×10 professional copy (photo only) of a “kissing in the pumpkin patch” photo that hangs in my office! What do you think? Fun, huh?
Yep! I just love photos! It’s why I changed my Facebook cover photo every day! It’s why I have so many boxes and boxes and notebooks and notebooks filled with new and old photographs! I’m going to leave you with a quote from that book by Ransom Riggs, Talking Pictures:
“We are no longer leaving behind a tangible, enduring photographic record of ourselves. Future generations will be far less likely to find our creased snapshots in dresser drawers and attic trunks, as we did those of our ancestors. Which is to say: old photos may seem numberless now, but they are being lost and tossed and an alarming rate, and we’re not making new ones. (He’s referring to the fact that we all store our photos digitally, and digital devices are much more easily destroyed than printed photos.) It us my hope that someday soon the act of collecting and saving old snapshots will be more than just the unusual hobby of a few, and that we’ll stop dismissing them as just “other people’s pictures.”