...dear friends and occasional visitors, tomorrow I will be off for a week and alas I will not be able to update my blog. In a way it is good to have some time away from the computer! I promise to take loads of photos and tell you all about my holiday, I SO need to recharge my emotional and creative batteries! See you soon and keep well! Paola X
Linda and Domenico, my grandparents, on my Mom's side. The portrait was taken at R.Prezioso, a studio photographer very much in vogue in 1920s-1930s Genoa, Italy. I love the pose, how my grandma puts her hand on my grandad shoulder, and I also love the background painting, the balustrade, the steps on the right, and right behind my grandparents a river, or a large avenue, framed by trees. To me the river behind them represents the life journey they embarked on together.
Beautiful aunt Maria Teresa, an ancestor on my Mum's side. She had this photo taken when she was 18, amazing how in those days young women looked more mature than their actual age. Beautiful clothes, accessories and hairstyle. What I love about the old fashioned photographs is the faded effect, the halo around the portrait, I find it magic! I so wish I could have a time machine and spend some time with my ancestors!
My beautiful and full of character ancestors, on my Mum's side. Aunt Livia is so elegant and Uncle Antonio is so serious. I was told that when he used to go to the cinema, (still with no sound in those days), during the fights scenes dear Uncle Antonio used to say out loud "Toc!", a kind of spontaneous sound effect to punctuate and underline the exchange of blows. What is remembered and told about the past generations within one's family is often bizarre and beautifully funny!
Yesterday I was again on one of my "paparazzi" missions: this time I headed towards the vintage stores downtown. I love fashion vintage and the bright, psychedelic patterns from the 1960s and 70s. Shame the label is slightly out of focus!