Vera by Victor

Mr. Vague is rounding off his one year anniversary of being a tintype photographer.
Completely self taught, he's become extremely adept at the art.

He's taken a variety of photos, from still lifes to outdoor scenes, but his favorite is the portrait.

Being on hand, I've had the opportunity to have my portrait taken plenty of times, and I share some of them with you now.

These are just some of the pictures in which I've been privileged to be. 
 There have been others, and there will be more to come.

To see more of his artwork, visit his wordpress page: 
 Vague International Photography
And like his facebook page.



Today's shoot!  Some fancy fancies.
Sadly, it was cut short by a tragic and 
rather vicious toe-stubbing incident.  
Don't worry: Mr. Vague is on the mend.

{ WOW!!!  An intricate Victorian coat with embroidery and fringe and arm holes; mid to late 1800s.  }

{ A divine silk shawl with floral print and fringe; late 1800s to early 1900s. }

{ Stunning sheer silk maxi gown; 1930s to early 40s.. }

{ The sweetest little capelet in ruffled layers with little embroidered roses; early 1900s. }

{ Flapper dress!  Black satin with pink buttons!  1920s. }

{ Luscious black velvet opera coat with fur collar and lined in satin; 1950s. }



Amy Tan on Creativity: Out of Nothing Comes Something

I've been thinking a lot lately about my own creativity, 
where it comes from, where it goes when I feel it missing, 
and how to regain momentum during a 'dry spell'.

I think we all go through ebbs and flows, 
highs and lows of creative inspiration and output, 
but what can we do if we're just not feeling inspired?  
What steps can we take, what thoughts could we have, 
or should we just wait out the drought until another muse comes along?

So, in having these thoughts on my mind, I found it somewhat serendipitous to come across this TED Talk 
from author Amy Tan with her thoughts on creativity.
It's given me some new ideas concerning the thinking process.

And it's just an enjoyable watch.  When you have 20 minutes to spare, give it a look.  Who knows, you may be inspired.

From LearnOutLoud.com:

In this TED Talk author Amy Tan probes into the roots of creativity or how "out of nothing comes something". She examines her own life and the many influences that have fed into her novels. She also tells of the many fascinating coincidences that have happened to her over the years at key moments of creativity. It's an intriguing and often humorous talk from a beloved author.



The World of Helen Warner

Entering the world of Helen Warner is to delve into a ghostly place, where haunting and magic are the standard, where all is sheathed in cloaks of dark mystery, and one can imagine witches and fairies and demons alike sharing secret corners of shrouded lands.

Ms. Warner's vision is gothic and vicarious, allowing the viewer to participate in her world while remaining just outside of it, like something glimpsed on the edge of the peripheral.  She takes an unobtrusive role and allows the intense, energetic subject matter to tell the story on its own, allowing us to feel like we stumbled upon the strange scene all by ourselves.

Her photos hold a dichotic balance of elegant and edgy, light and dark, welcoming and foreboding.
In short, I want to go to there.