Looking forward to a fossick though a place I like to refer to as “heaven”, I hung the Olympus round my neck and left my bag and whatnot in the car out of harm’s way. For Edenhope Antiques presents a mobility challenge not to be taken lightly: bring your even-the-kitchen-sink bag at your peril, for there isn’t room in the warren of antiques-filled rooms to swing even a handbag-sized kitten.
As I walked up the overgrown pathway to the front door, I mentally set myself a brief: take photos for a “Portrait of a Lady” post. I knew there were plenty of models; but it was only when I started shooting that I realised how very many there are – and figurines, and dolls, and…
Selecting Program Auto mode, I decided to set the camera to face-priority. Turned out, that was a boon, as it began recognising faces everywhere I turned. Hundreds of them, in fact!
I would be lying if I didn’t confess that it can be disconcerting to walk around room after room full of relics whose eyes seem to follow you with suspicion. Times like that, you have to tell yourself to buck up.
Oddly, this reminds me of Gustav Klimt’s Goldfish painting
This is the back shed, brimful of wonder, which you arrive at after you’ve been through the crystal and china up front, the room of hats and vintage lace trim, the jewellery room, the back verandah, the kitchenalia shed, the “dress shop”, and past the cockatoos shouting “hallo!” at you as you wander down the jungle path to the book shed and beyond. Phew!
Peering across the valley of vintage chandeliers, Sappho spied a cabinet crammed full of treasure begging further exploration.
The store’s owner told me how a friend of hers had renovated many of the models in the shop years ago, giving them some rather lovely makeovers.
A dreamy-looking Gloria Swanson
Hideous ancestors? Fake it with vintage family photos!
‘…as Jesus once famously said, “that ain’t no lady;
that’s my mother!”
Not only did I find a lot of ladies to photograph; I also found a marvellous hat that begged me to take it home. And, after a happy few hours of camera “picking”, and the exchange of a few dollars, I did.