Thursday, April 25, 2013

A 1940's Tailored Dress and a Vintage Ricoh 500 Camera

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Autumn is well upon us here in Christchurch, so a late afternoon stroll through falling leaves and mulberry coloured hydrangeas was in order! It was fun playing around with the camera in the low, bright, autumn light; we were met with bright spotlight sunshine, and dark shadows. This made for some striking contrast in the photos...you can really tell that it was warm in the light and very cold in the caverns of the shadows!
When Andrew went to Vietnam at the end of last year, I sent him away with my measurements and photographs of vintage dresses, to the best tailor he could find in Vietnam...and this is wat he came back with! A mulberry 1940's pattern dress in the most exquisitely feeling fabric. Unfortunately (or fortunately!) I have lost a lot of weight since then and the dress doesn't quite hug my figure as it did, but it's just too pretty not to wear! I really wanted the dress to have a lot of heaviness in the fabric , to make the pleats drape like curtains from my waist. 
I have inherited quite a collection of old vintage film camera's from my dad, this one in particular is a 1957 Ricoh 500, which was one of the first affordable rangefinder camera's on the market. I'm yet to play around a little more with the camera, as it's just so easy to pick up my DSLR and go. However, I'm pushing myself to pick the old camera's up off the shelf and take them out into the world that they probably haven't seen for many years!
Do you have any old film camera's that you've been brave enough to snap away with? What advice can you give to a film camera beginner like me?

25 comments:

  1. That dress is such a pretty colour! I love that colour when its paired with black - great outfit! :)

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    1. Thanks love! I am very into this colour during the cooler months, it matched so many of the leaves fallen on the ground! xox

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  2. Beautiful dress! And what a lovely camera! Loving these photos :)

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! Such a fun dress to frolic among the autumn leaves in!!xox

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  3. Great blog Amie. I will add you to our chch bloggers list. I love your photos they are amazing x

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    1. Thanks so much Miriam, It's great knowing there's so many of us Christchurch bloggers around! xox

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  4. Truly stunning dress! Lovely post <3

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    1. Thanks love! It is so nice having a dress actually made to measure! it feels like a dream to wear! xox

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  5. Gorgeous photos!!! The shots of you playing with the leaves are so lovely! It's so amazing that your boyfriend had this dress tailor made for you, what a perfect boyfriend :D

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    1. I am such a pixie when it comes to autumn leaves...i just can't help myself but throw them around and frolic while they fall! As for my dress, he says he thinks he had no choice in the matter, and that if he hadn't had my dresses made there would have been no point coming back! Oh he is romantic haha.

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  6. That is gorgeous, I love the colours and the fact that it was made especially for you just makes it extra special! Your pictures are beautiful too! ...Can you tell... I love your post!

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    1. Thanks love! It is such a lovely feeling having something specially made :) xox

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  7. Beautiful in everyway! www.adoramehitabel.blogspot.co.uk

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