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 (although M has an incredible collection — which she refuses to let me post here. For the time being!)
|The drape backgrounds are about my favorite thing… although so are the small subtle props, like the flowers.|
|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.|
Urge Michelle to post some snippets from her collection, post-haste. They’re positively gorgeous.
|Oh, and I love this little sign they opened the exhibit with….|