An Edwardian Evening Gown Interlude II: a touch of modern

1910s evening gowns

Here are more photos from my Edwardian evening gown photoshoot with Theresa.  These ones are by our friend Daniil @dmanww, who is seriously the most amazing person ever.  He’s always ready to help with anything, including a photoshoot.  Sometimes behind the camera, sometimes in front of it:  Daniil has also modelled for me!

We took most of these photos at the memorial at the Basin Reserve, the old Wellington Cricket grounds.  It was hard to keep out all the modern additions and architecture around the memorial out of the photos.  After realising how much that limited our angles, we stopped trying to be strictly historical.  It was fun mixing it up, with shots of selfies, and 1970s grandstands in the background.

What do you think?  Should we try to keep it as plausibly period as possible, or is an interesting photo good even if it’s very anachronistic?

1910s evening gowns

1910s evening gowns

1910s evening gowns

1910s evening gowns

1910s evening gowns

1910s evening gowns

1910s evening gowns

Other Theresa photoshoots include:


  1. Personally, I am usually the most captivated by photos without modern intrusions. And sometimes a great photo is a great photo. I might use one type for one purpose and the other for another purpose. Do you have a preferred type of photo???


  2. Salome says

    For me it is without modern. The main thing is, that in the front of the foto you kept old stuff and those modernities are in the background and look like exactly what they are: something you couldn’t get rid of in the picture. Probably if you were hugging a computer or something else modern was in the main focus (like the one with a camera, hehe), I would be fine with it.
    Love the gowns, as usual 🙂

  3. I think you should shoot what photos you can without worrying about the intrusions, and see whether you can crop the modern stuff out later.

  4. They’re all magnificent shots, no matter what. Daniil continues to astound with all his many talents. 🙂

    But I *will* be scouting Sydney for 100% period locales for us when you visit, just because!

  5. S. A. Cox says

    I kind of love the one of you guys taking the selfies. The modern intrusions don’t bother me so much as the framing of some of them– if you’re going to have them, then let them be front and center.

    This last week at the middle school where I work, the librarian went into one of the English classes and did an activity with them where they created an “iphone from the past” as part of their Holocaust unit, in preparation for reading The Diary of Anne Frank. The kids had to draw out the parts of the phone and decide on apps, either real ones or ones that they made up. So, for instance, one group of kids who picked a character who was in the resistance made up a records-hacking app. I was deeply flattered when another group who picked a character who was in prison decided that the character would text me, Ms. Cox, and that I was planning to bust them out. 🙂

    So, we could ask ourselves what Edwardian ladies would have on their iphones, which if you are interested in answering, I would be more than interested in hearing. But we could also imagine you as time travelers. OR, after all, as incredibly talented ladies who like a good photoshoot now and again, and who will do it with the best background you have available.

  6. Tsu Dho Nimh says

    If you control the camera’s depth of field, you can blur out the background.

    Or just blur them in a graphics editing program.

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