I find inspiration in many forms and in many ways. I have found inspiration sometimes just by taking a drive and finding a new place that I have never been. Sometimes I see vintage clothing or jewelry and think I need to coordinate a photoshoot around that era or style. I find inspiration on Pinterest by looking at work by other photographers and artists. I find inspiration watching videos and movies and vintage films. A while back I discovered some silent films by Alice Guy-Blaché and was mesmorized by them. (I love silent films anyway, but some of these are hand colored reels…and so amazing!)
Alice Guy-Blaché was born in 1873 and was a French pioneer filmmaker and she is considered to be one of the first directors of a fiction film and one of the first female directors in the motion picture industry. She was an innovator and employed special effects, using double exposure masking techniques and even running film backwards. She was ahead of her time in so many ways!
In 1907 she married Herbert Blaché and in 1910 they partnered with George A. Magie to form the Solax Company, which was the largest pre-Hollywood studio in America. They were working out of Fort Lee, New Jersey and with other studios in the area it was quickly becoming the film studio capital of America. (Can you believe that???? Not in Hollywood!!)
She placed a large sign in her studio that said “Be Natural”…now I don’t know about you, but I would really love to have one of those!
If you have a moment, take a little time to watch her films, and be inspired by her work, the beauty and simplicity of the films. Celebrate the woman who inspired so many at a time when women were not directors and producers and yet she rose above it to be one.
I adore her and I hope you will find inspiration in her work as well.
Vintage suitcase: Gift from my brother
Vintage camera: Gift from my sister
Vintage photograph: From personal collection
Pearls: Gift from husband for Christmas several years ago
Vintage books: From personal collection amassed over the last 15 years or so.
Vintage screen: Found at an antique store and immediately brought home
Recent vintage photoshoot that I did. I truly love all things vintagey and this was sooo much fun to do! Click the link to see a video of the shoot!
This is more from my Vintage/Modern shoot, but with lots more vintage…
I started collecting vintage cameras and have been amazed at some of the finds I now have.
Some of the cameras have been gifts to me that people have found and there have been a few where people have just given them to me. (I guess they are Spring cleaning and know that they will be going to a house where they will be loved!)
Recently I was given two new (to me) vintage cameras.
This one is a Canon Canonet. Isn’t she adorable?