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1995

Early in July, before Molly announced this month’s vintage prompt, I was rifling through old negatives trying to find a photograph I could remember taking some twenty years ago. What I found instead was a set of images I had no recollection of taking.
“It seems I have taken naked pictures of you before.”
 “No! I sooooo don’t remember that!”
The photos are hilarious and on the whole pretty amateur; a shot of my friend’s lovely legs ruined by a clothes horse in the background; us trying (and failing!) to look moody sultry rock star-ish. But I love these. The tilt of her neck in the first one suggests contemplation and makes me wonder what she was thinking about. In the second the definition of her back and the nip of her waist is beautiful.
The bundle of vest just at the bottom of the second shot hints at a shyness about getting completely naked. In fact, I am pretty sure this wouldn’t have been the case – it’s more likely that we just weren’t thinking about the aesthetics. Although I wonder what we would have thought if someone had told us that in twenty years’ time she’d have turned around so I could capture her Whitechapel Smile?
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18 Comments

  1. I LOVE that you shared these old negatives with us! They’re lovely.

  2. How awesome that you actually found some old photos!

  3. What an amazing piece of the history of your friendship to still have.
    Mollyxxx

  4. These are so cool!
    xxPenny

  5. How wonderful! I love that you’ve presented them still with the negative edges, it definitely adds to the retro feel. And your friend is beautiful, what an amazing friendship you have! Xxx

  6. These are wonderful! Coupled with Whitechapel Smile, they are a testament to a 20 year (and counting) friendship. I’m not sure there are many things on this earth better than that.

  7. Ah, negatives. Been so long since I’ve seen a set of those.

  8. Was just looking at negatives yesterday. What lovey piece of ephemera, and a lovely subject, innocent yet provacative.

  9. I love that you have chosen negatives to share for the prompt. It’s nice to look back and see how things have changed.

  10. Truly vintage photos! Love them! xx

  11. What a wonderful find to celebrate such a long friendship!

  12. Love these, especially the first one with her head slightly tilted.

  13. isn’t it lovely how we all develop over time, how we grow and discover ourselves?
    Rebel xox

  14. This is such a beautiful post. I adore the way the history of your friendship can be traced through these gorgeous film negatives of the past to the digital image of the present.
    Long may you shoot and create together…

  15. Beautiful! yes, hindsight is 20/20 😉
    ~Kazi xxx

  16. These are such beautiful and delicate symbols of a lasting and very strong friendship. Thank you for sharing. Xx

  17. Very sexy, and the fact that you’ve posted negatives is especially evocative of a bygone era.

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