Thursday, February 28, 2013

My Vintage Precious: Lou Deeley's Mitre

My Vintage Precious is a serie where I ask people working on the creative field to share their most beloved second hand possessions and reveal the stories behind them.

Photo © Laura J Powell

"My vintage precious is an antique baroque-style Bishops Mitre that I got on loan from the Welsh National Opera costume archive for a photography project. While sifting through the Opera’s archival warehouse for props, I found the Mitre lying in the bottom of a Tupperware box, where it appeared to have been untounched for many years. It immediately grabbed me, with its mix of the shabby and decadent, the Mitre might easily have been lifted straight out of an eighteenth century Gothic Romance novel. The ornate embroidery, made to imitate the classical ecclesiastical “cloth of gold” is in parts worn away and some of the jewels are missing or hanging off, but I feel this only adds to the beauty of the piece. I am unsure of the precise age of the Mitre; however, I would guess that it was made circa 1910-20 as it has an almost art nouveau vibe. I have used the Mitre for several of my own shoots, including a shoot in which I collaborated with House of Po. However, most recently I modelled the hat for a set of images taken by the talented photographer Laura J Powell. You can view the images on her blog here."

Big thanks to Lou for sharing her story!

Lou Deeley is an aspiring photographer residing in Cardiff, Great Britain.

You can get to know her amazing photography here.
Follow Lou on Tumblr here.


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