Hi, my name is Aisa and I’m a Vintageaholic ( is that a word? It is now! ). Hi Aisa.
The first time I thought this could be a problem was on my last year in college when I had to move all my stuff ( no furniture, just stuff ) and realized that it could only be possible by renting a big van to fit the dozens of boxes and suitcases. I remember, as a teenager, going to Feira da Ladra to sell some old clothes to make money for a summer festival and arriving home with more bags than when I had left but I can’t specify the exact moment when the fascination began so, as they say “when in doubt… blame the parents”, I’m blaming, and thanking, my father. While growing up I got used to see my father picking things up (others consider garbage) taking them home, cleaning, sanding, painting, nailing, and transforming them into something new. I fell in love with the magical act of bringing objects back to life, giving them the opportunity to be useful and loved again. Since then I’m mesmerized by nostalgia objects, other époques, memorabilia, old pictures and “passed on from grandmother to mother to you” treasures.
This little addiction of mine caused me to have too many objects around the house and too many second hand clothes in my closet. Well… I know, I know, you’re probably thinking there’s no such thing as “too many clothes”, but considering my nomadic lifestyle, constantly moving house, cities and countries, I had to learn how to adapt and turn this habit into a useful one. So now almost all my projects are “sponsored” by second hand treasures used as accessories, props or costumes. I like to encourage this “reuse it” approach even with my clients of the Creative Storytelling Photography. There are many ways we can do this, by renting costumes in specialty stores, getting really creative adapting any old piece of clothing you already have at home or that you just thrift but are not sure what to do with it, and we can always get together to find the oldies but goodies specific for your photo session.
A good example of this is the project “A Ritual in 3 Acts” whose images accompany this post. The chair was found on the streets of Terrassa, the mirror was bought on a thrift store, we found the walking stick together in Mercat Els Encants Vells, and it now belongs to Teresa, the lovely lady on the photos, who wanted to buy it and keep it for herself. You can see more images of this beautiful session on the Creative Storytelling Photography page.
So, now that I’ve confessed my addition, will you join me by confessing yours? Are you a Vintage lover? What use do you give to your precious finds? Tell me all about it on the comments bellow. All together now: Vintageaholics united!!