Category: Woman

Best of May

I continued to open boxes of old slides as they came, and May took me on a journey to Asia, the Far East, USA, and Canada. In the images most liked on Instagram are busy streets, beautiful palaces and people going about their lives in diverse cultures on opposite sides of the world. I’ve also Read More

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Best of March

Hi there, here are the top Instagram picks of March 2018. This was the first month in which I really got posting on a daily basis and this selection reflects the images that people responded to most enthusiastically. The response was not always what I had expected so I’ve learned a lot about what appeals Read More

Me on the Beach

I like the natural, simplicity of this beach sunbathing scene from the early 1960s. The beach looks wild, possibly on the Cape West Coast. The women (‘Me’ on the frame), is in a blue bikini and blue sunglasses to match. With just a towel and blow-up pillow, she looks super relaxed – just as it Read More

Beach Grab

My guess this is a Cape Town beach on the Atlantic seaboard, 1960s. It’s a wonderful example of vernacular photography that weirdly works. Despite being hastily snapped and, as a result, being skew and blurred, there are enough details from the era to make it interesting. I love the relaxed indifference of the women as Read More

Fynbos Lady Nerds

I just love how these three nerdy ladies are enjoying the Cape Fynbos, in 1968. My guess is that this is somewhere near Rhodes Memorial, Cape Town. Read More

Birthday Party

Birthday Party

Two moms enjoying a chat at a toddlers birthday late 1950s. A classic snapshot that perfectly captures the tête-à-têtes between the mothers with an offbeat composition. Tempting to crop it but I liked the deep well of the veranda space and the way the balloons poke in at the top. The square format slide had Read More

Double Kodak Moment with Hairnet

Double Kodak Moment with Hairnet

The cultural practice of photography is usually hidden – you see the snapshot that was taken not the photographer in the act of taking it. That’s why I love this 1966 find in which a woman is photographing two girls in the small front garden of a house in what looks like Mowbray, Cape Town. Read More

Princess Bride 1960s

Princess Bride 1960s

Mid 1960s bridal charm and simplicity. The perky little golden crown, looking like a Disney prop is what I fell in love with when I saw this old slide. I also love the second image which has been so carefully composed to include the bride and her man in the picture frame on the dresser Read More

Ripley's Transparent Woman

Ripley’s Transparent Woman

On the boardwalk (note wooden planks) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 1961. Believe it or not Mr. Ripley’s strange empire is still going strong and this Atlantic City ‘Odditorium’ can still be visited today here. Before and after Read More

Doggie welcome

Doggie welcome

Everyone who knows dogs loves the welcome one gets when arriving home, how much better than in this awe inspiring, African mountain and farm setting. Love that fresh 1960s outfit, complete with impractical white shoes. I applied a clean, painted effect and reworked the color. Before and after   Read More

The dinner party

A long time favorite, this image. Our focus is on the young woman staring back at the camera – obviously annoyed, even angry. Its gratifying to see a genuine, unfiltered, un-hidden, un-bidden emotion on display. With so much posing and smiling for the camera, as we are taught to do, this is refreshing. Its also Read More

Agfa Prints Envelope

Not a slide but a photo prints envelope from Agfa circa 1970s. This was found in a box of slides given to me and I like its crumpled texture as well as the colorful, summer holiday theme. Read More

Snappy Dresser African Style

Africa has style! This image is from a wildlife tour in Kenya, 1970s. The bus had stopped in a village for refreshments and this stylishly dressed woman caught the eye of a tourist. I love the classic, African combination of colors and the jaunty yet sophisticated details of her outfit. I cropped and straightened the Read More

English Countryside in Spring

Beautiful scene of an English countryside in spring. It looks cold and many of the branches are still bare, but blossoms have begun to show. A red coat sets of the greens and looks really cozy for a brisk walk. Note to self: Solitary lady in garden setting = sort of cultural icon. This is Read More

Roadside Market

Its 1965 and this elegant woman, comfortably dressed for sightseeing, is perusing the wares at a simple roadside market, where everything is laid on the ground. An interesting example to restore as the original had a flat, deep blue filter. I liked the blue as it added interest to the image, but I wanted it Read More

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