I think that I've already told you that I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to my house. Actually, I come from a long line of magpies. My father, in particular, saved and collected lots of things, including the antique books and binoculars in these photos. The feathers are the result of a year's worth of walks that my husband and I took last year. Sometime last week, I decided a grey day called for some playtime with my new camera, and a house full of perfect photo props. :)
The photos themselves have been edited with some textures from Florabella and Jessica Drossin, and some Photoshop actions from Paint the Moon. I was going for a scratched, nostalgic sort of look, to complement the old books. As you can see, one of the books is opened to "The Schoolboy's Story," and this was the inspiration for my collection of feathers and old binoculars -- things that a young boy might collect on a day's rambles through nature. The small framed photo, by the way, was found in my favorite thrift store, and the wooden box with the carved dog on top belonged to my maternal grandfather.
I find that I'm loving this sort of photo styling -- the effort to tell a story with props and editing. I love having everything set out on a table. Maybe I've been unconsciously channeling 18th century still life painters. Or maybe I can't wait for winter to end. ;)
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