The Story of a Photo

I’d like to tell you a story!

A very simple story.

The story of a very simple photo.

But a photo that has lived in a frame at home ever since I made it.

I cant’t help but find it timeless.No, not that one!

This one!

Nothing world-moving, you’ll say.

Even Sully won’t look at it.

Here’s the original photo, taken with…..

Tadaaaaa! An iPhone 4s way back when 5 megapixels were still great.

Looks older to you?

That is normal. It’s a delightful leftover from a world that has moved on. A shop the likes of which are rapidly dying out.

But this one has remained steadfast, like a rock in the river.

The waters of time flowing around it and not affecting it in the least.

Au Bonheur des Dames’

Chez Christiane

‘The Ladies’ Delight’

At Christiane’s

A haberdashery!

A what?

The word is like the shop, totally out of time!

For all those who never heard of such a thing, it’s a shop specialized in sewing articles… and yes, sewing’s a dying art too I guess.

Why has this shop survived until now, unchanged, unfazed? Not killed by online business or dwindling customer base?

By what right is it still part of this world?

I think it will remain a mystery.

And mysteries are great for photography!

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. It’s interesting that in British English a haberdashery is a shop selling sewing materials, mostly to women I presume, while in American English it is a shop selling men’s clothing.

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    1. Most Haberdashery shop in the UK sell anything from drapes, sewing materials to net curtains. An American haberdasher shop over here would be called a Gentlemen’s Tailors shop, where suits are made to order. Sadly very few around anymore, the only one I know of is Huntsman, in Savile Row London, and there I think you’d be looking at around $7000 to $8000 for a bespoke suit.

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  2. Dictionary; haberdashery
    small items used in sewing, such as buttons, zips, and thread.
    men’s clothing and other items sold by a haberdasher.

    I like your picture, shame its not film, because now you have said about this word, unknown to the young and uneducated… you made me feel somewhat OLD!

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  3. I really like this image Frank, and with the textures and “grain” in the building and the sky it could pass for a film photo. Love the older digital cams/phones.

    If not for a few details like the satellite dishes, lamp posts, vehicle and people’s clothing, it could be 50 years old, maybe 100!

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