Over the last few years, I've obtained quite an extensive collection of vintage photographs. They range, I'm guessing, from the 1960s to the turn of the century. Many have been given to me, but I've purchased a few that have spoken to me. Regardless of whether they're formal, studio portraits or in-the-moment snapshots, I enjoy imagining the back stories of all those people frozen in time. Which brings me to the subject matter of this piece...
The photo (which I tore in half) of the elderly couple in this piece is an old one--perhaps from the turn of the century. (For those of you who think you can identify the decade--I'm sure the clothes are a clue--please feel free to let me know.) Like a lot of couple-shots from back in the day, the subjects of the photo didn't seem too enthused about having their photo taken--or perhaps they weren't too enthused about the company they were keeping. Anyway, I'm assuming this was a married couple, and I'm also assuming that when this picture was taken, they'd been married quite a long time.
However, what if that wasn't the case? What if the old dude (I'm going to call him--hmm--Jedidiah) had been pursuing this fine woman (I think I'll call her Evelyn) for decades? Perhaps Evelyn "liked" old Jed just fine, but just couldn't commit to the other "L" word. What if Jed bought a ring, but even that gesture of love still didn't bring Evelyn around? Maybe Evelyn's heart was locked up for some reason and nobody--not even the love struck Jed--was going to get the key.
The container for this piece is an old, home-made wooden box, which measures approximately 18 X 7 X 4". I'm still mulling over whether or not to add an exterior "topper." At this point I'm happy with the way it turned out, but with me one never knows...
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.