Tuesday, May 18, 2010

In Camera

During the last week, I've found these photos hidden inside books:



This enigmatic triptych was (or is it were? Is triptych singular or plural?) neatly tucked away in a large, 1950s pictorial tribute to the Everest expedition - an unlikely book to find them in, but perhaps its size was the deciding factor as the prints are quite large. I really like the first image, but the other two are a bit "A" level Art.

I particularly like the next photo, which looks as if it should be the cover of a Penguin 20th Century Classic:

The combination of the hedgerow, clouds and the strange pattern of the barbed wire make it the perfect image for a book like Undertones of War or Goodbye to All That.

Finally, a wedding:

It all looks perfectly fine, until you zoom in:

On closer inspection, the bridegroom looks like a condemned man, and the bride's family don't seem quite sure either:

I would love to know the story behind this picture.

7 comments:

Hannah Stoneham said...

Lovely photos - thanks for sharing these which have really brightened up my tuesday morning (especially the wedding pictures). The first picture in the post looks to me as though it could be a still from a BBC Charles Dickens adaptation circa 1970.... as for teh wedding pictures - they are gems!

Thanks indeed

Hannah

The Poet Laura-eate said...

Shotgun wedding...?

I like the ghostly images at the top.

Harry Tournemille said...

Indeed, the bridegroom looks like he's steeling himself for a long haul.

Possibly connected to the inlaws expression?

Great find.

simoom said...

The wedding pictures are far more frightening than the spooky shots! Mid 1940's would you hazard? No clues to names or places? Don't you wonder how a wedding photo got into a book? Shouldn't it be in a frame or one of those glossy leather-bound albums with tissue paper between the pages?

JonathanM said...

I wouldn't want to mess with the lady in the black hat.

sukipoet said...

aren't all bridgrooms condemned men? :D

how fun to find photos like that in a book purchased.

re: Daedalus, very sad for sure.

Sam Jordison said...

These are wonderfully evocative, as ever... Wonder what they talked about at the party afterwards...