One of my favorite things about old Chinese studio photos is the props and backgrounds — they’re positively delicious! I found these three hanging in a rundown Pingyao museum…
The drape backgrounds are about my favorite thing… although so are the small subtle props, like the flowers.
The full-sized props are just the best. Two dudes with their awesome ride.
And then when you have the props of the everyday — notice the naked bulb (electricity!) and the inside bell (more!) painted on the backdrop. And the windows that look nowhere.