So many things spotted in old photographs can bring back memories of the past, and often it is furniture, familiar but now exotic because we no longer have it. The swing seat, although I’m sure it is not entirely gone, is now seldom found in ordinary gardens. Recently, on Facebook, I posted another image of a garden party with a swing seat and it was this piece of furniture that got more attention than anything else. Here, it is elegance, style and casual romance that define the scene, and of course the swing seat says it all. Love the neat arrangement of tot glasses and the man’s reflection in that shiny silver tray.
A closer cropping, deepening of the shadows, warming and sharpening … and the handsome subjects pop right out at us!
Before and after. Click for big.