This time last week a friend took me to visit a brocante (the French version of our antique and bric a brac shop) which she had discovered in a small village not many kilometres from the Hillside. I think if anyone had asked me to describe the brocante of my dreams I couldn’t have invented anything better than this enchanting place.
Crammed full of treasures and everyday ephemera from postcards and old books to furniture and rusty bedsteads, the place is a collector’s heaven. The hour and a half we spent there was simply not enough and I intend to return with my camera within the next fortnight as the very kind owner has given me permission to take photographs for a special blog post.I intend to present on his amazing establishment.
I realised looking through my purchases again this morning, how much I have always been fascinated by the everyday objects of yesteryear – old tools, letters, fabrics, clothes, books, documents – all those things which carry traces of history and allow us a brief glimpse of other lives and eras now long forgotten. In terms of my photography, I return time and again to these things for my inspiration.
Here is a selection of the old letters I purchased which I am posting as my contribution to this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Muse.
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