I discovered this beautiful photograph of the gypsy fairly recently, and as soon as I saw her I knew I had to buy her and create a new setting for her to exist in. She's thought to have lived at some point during the late 1800's - 1900's. What I find so interesting when looking at vintage photography of people from years gone by, is how often so little is known about the people in the photographs. Yet like us, they lived and so many things will have mattered to them. So much of what they will have experienced would have been important to their own lives; all the emotions we feel they too will have felt, yet their existence will forever remain a mystery. I wish I knew her name at least, and just a little bit about her.
I also enjoy the element of mystery in old photographs. That space where there is no answer to all the questions: 'who is the person, what were they like, what did they like, what did they not like, what happened to them... and so on...', creates an empty stage which can be built to my own choosing. In this piece of work, I've created a garden of delicious strawberries and green grasses. I imagine she will have enjoyed nature, and been content in the outdoors. Her face is very serene, and very beautiful. What name would you give to the Beauty Queen?
Vintage photography from late 1800's - early 1900's (estimate), gouache paint, inks, pencil, fabrics & stitch