February 23, 2013

what i'm leaving behind

When I visit thrift stores, my fascination dwells on machines: cameras, music players, radios, televisions and typewriters. I have this other great interest, however, on letters and photographs. By letters, I mean postcards - or actual enveloped letters written in cursive from around 50 years ago. And by photographs, I mean people and places that I've never seen before: usually they have words like "Paul and Mary, 1954" or phrases (if I'm luck) like "San Francisco. Missing the Philippines."

Yesterday, I took a few shots with my Polaroid Colorpack III. The photos came out so nicely, I instantly fell in love with the camera. When the developed photos came out, I thought of something.

Could it be possible that maybe sixty to seventy years from now, could one of these photos end up in a box in some antique store? 

Would a stranger come across this photo and bother to read what's on the behind?

I would never know. 

If ever, in the distant future, someone comes across these photos, or any photo that I'm ever going to have taken, they're going to read something a little more meaningful than "Paul and Mary, 1954".
They're going to read something meaningful. 
From me.


Arielle said...

Lovely lovely photos, Stella! Your Polaroid is gorgeous, if I do say so myself.

{I also just got a Minolta XG-E! I can't wait to have my first roll of film developed!}

Arielle // Spaceship to Infinity

Rachel Doughty said...

Oh wow that's such a cute idea:) I absolutely love that camera too, it's so beautiful!

Jocee said...

i think i'm going to have to start going to thrift stores so i can leave my mark, too. :)

Mikailah Autumn said...

This is so neat, Stella. So so so neat. I'm in love with this idea. :) You are so creative--and have such a whimsical (although very sensible) personality. :) {And I think I'm a wee bit jealous of your Polaroid. Just so that's covered. ;)}


ⓜⓔⓔⓝⓐ said...

this awesome. and i definitely agree with Jocee.

Acacia said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. You are an incredible photographer and I admire you like crazy. Plus, you inspire me {a lot}.

xo Acacia

Acacia said...


I just wanted to tell you that I cried so much after reading your Story.

Thank you so much for sharing it.


Elisha said...

Prettypretty. Thrift stores are my favorite.

Stella said...

you are all lovely xx
thank you all!

Stella said...

wow, acacia.
this is so overwhelming
but at the same time
i've never been more
motivated and
happy and
everything in between

love you to bits and pieces!

Nova Marie said...

I would definitely come across your photos
and treasure it too :)

Love your blog, Stells.
You and Hannah are the prettiest of all :")


Anonymous said...

lovely post. your blog is one of the best i've ever seen. <3

xx mandy || through black and white

Barbora said...

Really nice post!!
I love old photos and I still have many of them from my praents and grandparents :)
Maybe I should share them on my blog in the future!
♥ this post!

xx Barbora♥

orangoing said...

Lovely memory :-D
This post make me some idea to write new diary. Thank you.

Shelley said...

I love that idea Stella! I like the way you think! :)

Mary Kate said...

Vintage pictures and postcards are the best!!! I love this post :)

Rachael said...

I love going to antique shops and looking at old photos. What a lovely camera, by the way!

Sophie said...

cute blog :) very prettiful :) come visit me?

little henry lee said...

this is such a lovely idea! i love looking through old photographs and postcards in op-shops and at vintage markets, but i never write anything on my photos even though i like it when people do, so i might have to start just so it could potentially make the day of someone 50 years from now. :)


BeckyWise. said...

What a beautiful camera!!!
This is such a sweet idea!
Please visit my blog :)
- Becky xox

Anonymous said...

I often think the same thing! Normally I think it about my journal though. I am an avid journaler (spelling!?) . . . anyways, an avid journaler and I have always had a secret desire that one day my journal can be read and cherished by someone generations from now. What fun that would be!

Also, I love your photos. This is the first time I have seen your blog and I am WAY stoked to look around! I really like they way you have it set up already!

- Dusty.

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