My creative and talented friend Annmarie challenged some photographer friends to a ‘thrift store challenge’ to shake up our shooting routines this winter. We had about 3 months and $20 to develop a shoot. As usual, I waited for inspiration and inspiration didn’t strike until about a week ago!
I was shopping at a consignment type sale for a prop rental company in town and there was this beauty. Well – ok – I’m sure at SOME point she was beautiful. I like to imagine that there was a matching chair at some point. I loved the shape and size and even the worn yellow velvet. I bought several pieces for a bulk price and she ended up coming in at $7. My intention was to reupholster it – but I’m not sure any more — maybe just some upholstery cleaner and staples?
For my backdrop, I used a simple painters drop cloth – found at goodwill for $8. Vivi will take any excuse to wear her ballet outfit and voila! A story was written.
Maybe a tiny dancer waiting in the wings? Or a prop room at a theatre where everything is covered in dust cloths just waiting to be discovered?
Either way I was smitten with the tones and textures of the chair and cloth together.
So for a grand total of $15 I found a chair I love and a new use for one of my favorite materials!
Here’s a full pull back, if you were curious.
To see more from the $20 Thrift Store Challenge, visit my friend Kim and follow her link to see other shoots!