If life could only be as faded and derelict as a hand tinted photograph…It is hard to create such an ethereal environment amid harsh lighting, building codes and the general rules of physics and logic. This is perhaps the reason we are attracted to early Victorian era photography. The sets were always a bit odd and slightly surreal. Where else could you find rocks, ponds and a waterfall amid a formal parlor? Or ask yourself why are those ornately carved columns growing in the middle of a forest? Looks closely and you are also likely to find some creepy taxidermy, mind altering trompe l’oeil backdrops and various arcane furnishings. Is that an umbrella stand, hat rack or a WICKED TIME MACHINE capable of traveling to another dimension? (The same thing can be said of their hats as well…)
The best thing of all is the delicious clutter of textiles, pillows and draperies that accompany these fantastic settings. Tassels seem to sprout from sprigs of ivy, doves hold swags of fabric delicately in their beaks and a never ending cascade of brocades floods every available surface. It seems the best place to observe these fabric wonderments in their natural habitat is in early erotic photos plates. Maybe we are missing the point but truth be told we wish the models would put their robes back on and go home. Stop standing around getting in the way of the luscious scenery, woman!!! Don’t even get us started on all of those amble Victorian haunches pressed up against otherwise innocent and unsuspecting pillows. (NOTE TO SELF: DRY CLEAN ALL ANTIQUE TEXTILES PRIOR TO USE.)
We can’t decide if we are happy or not that we didn’t find any men featured in the photos from this era (although we are sure they exist.) It would be thrilling to see an uptight Victorian dude with a weird mustache and a monocle draped in taffeta and chasing a butterfly…
I will leave you in the cold.
In the dead of the night,
Black leather and latex queen
A lush of the world
(“Black Shining Leather” by Carpathian Forest)