My Dear friend Ange from the fabulous blog 'Signed by Ange' sent me a little parcel of goodies she thought I'd might like. Some little thing she picked up in a Vide Grenier [fleamarket] in the South of France. The parcel was lovingly wrapped and adorned with the beautifully creative caligraphy Ange is known for. Tied up with string and a single white Angel to protect it on it's journey.. I was so excited I forgot to take a photo of the parcel and the many layers of wrapping adornment within. [I may re-create the moment at a later date so I can share it with you].
Many layers of pass the parcel, revealed a small but heavy, bubble wrapped item. WHAT could it be???? Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the contents... Five antique glass negatives dating from the early 1900's!!! I almost peed my pants with excitement.. and then had a little cry of joy for receiving such a thoughtful gift chosen to suit me! I'm sure most of you are like me and have the cupboard full of well meaning but unsuited gifts stored away for some future purge! Well I can tell you, this tiny thoughtful gift will be treasured for a lifetime and perhaps some future lifetimes also. [although I don't know who.. let me know if you want to be in the will.. hehe]
Keen to unlock the potential of these little darlings I quickly scanned them hoping the resultant images could be manipulated into revealing their content. This technique did bring forth some portion of these glass house occupants. Sadly though they managed to keep their heads and identity intact. It seemed the only thing to do was get a bit artsy with these fragments of French living. [Images #1 & 2 are alterations of the scanned negative]
In an effort to show you the glass negatives themselves, I took photos of them propped up against 'Mac In The Box' to see if I could get a shadow box effect from the screen. WELL why didn't I think of that first!! It would seem these fair folk from 1900 were enamoured by the iMAC and the resulting images produced far more detail. Of course that was after I spent hours producing those above. But never mind.. I like the artsy images from the first attempt and now have many hours of editing to look forward to. More importantly ... My fine friends from France... now have heads!! Yes, they escaped Mademoiselle 'La Guillotine' to live another day.