Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Abandoned Orangery

This post is about the location, not the outfit.  I'd like you to imagine that in the following photographs, that rather than being dressed in polkadots and colourful wedges, with my sweaty hair plastered to my face, that I am wearing a long white gown by Gunne Sax.  My hair is swept up romantically like Helena Bonham Carter's in 'A Room With A View', and my face is full of cool composure, rather than being shiny and warm.

Such is the problem of finding an amazing photoshoot location when you least expect it.  One of our last National Trust stops on our trip to Norfolk was Felbrigg Hall.  It was another swelteringly hot day, and keen to avoid the sun we stumbled into welcoming cool shade of the orangery.  It turned out to have been rather abandoned.  The aura was one of decay, despite the stubborn plants still clinging on for their lives to the damp, flaking walls.  In the rafters, a soft rustle of wings gave away the presence of its aviarian lodgers.

Bizarrely, the room also held a large doll's house, which only added to the somewhat unsettling atmosphere.  I almost had convulsions when the silence was broken open with the deafening thud of one of the birds flying into one of the window panes.  We left hastily.

Polkadots in the Orangery @porcelinasworld



Polkadots in the Orangery @porcelinasworld

Polkadots in the Orangery @porcelinasworld

Polkadots in the Orangery @porcelinasworld

Polkadots in the Orangery @porcelinasworld

Polkadots in the Orangery @porcelinasworld
Dress: Ethel Austin
Wedges: Via Ooh La La vintage group on Facebook


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14 comments:

  1. What a fantastic location for a photo shoot! Very Alice in Wonderland in decay.

    You managed to capture the ambiance brilliantly with your facial expressions. Probably easier after the bird scared the living daylights out of you!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  2. That's a stunning location and a glorious photoshoot, I love an orangery and that doll's house is amazing.
    Good old Ethel Austin's. I got an amazing psychedelic swimsuit with cut out panels from there for £1 before it shut down, it was a sensation at Walsall Baths, i can tell you.
    Ace wedges! xxx

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  3. Poor old dollshouse, being shut away in the orangery. Like Suzanne says, you look very Alice in Wnderland there.

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  4. Glorious setting - the dollhouse is out of a novel, eh? Loving that dress too. xox

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  5. Fantastic photos and yes, I'm defintiely picturing you in a Gunne Sax dress and Helena Bonham-Carter hair. I am, really! xx

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  6. What a fabulous location! I espcially love that photo of you in front of the dolls house. It has been mentioned before, and I can only agree with Suzanne and Mim, that you look very Alice in Wonderland. You are wearing the right dress for it too! xxx

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  7. This location is amazing! I'm honestly a bit jealous that you got to shoot in such a cool space - I never stumble across giant dollhouses in abandoned buildings!
    Love love LOVE these photos. This may not be the outfit that you would have ideally worn, but I think it works just fine. Love the colorful wedges, they're really cute.

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  8. What a great location for photographs. The doll-house is cool. I like ruins, both visually and historically. My best photo-shoot was at an abandoned psychiatric hospital: the mood was similar to this.

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  9. Wow that is a great location. The dollhouse is so bizarre I agree- I would probably get spooked when the bird hit the window too :)
    I do like your outfit here too- though I completely understand how Gunne Sax would have "fit" better!

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  10. I feel like I've either been here or somewhere so similar it could have been here - but I don't remember the dollshouse so it must have just been similar! Who could forget that... I really love old dollshouses - I was obsessed with mine as a child, but it wasn't old, merely one that my granddad had made for my mum. It was very good for homemade though! My dad drilled it to my wall in my bedroom, which now that I think about it was a really strange move... xx

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  11. Oh my gosh what an amazing location to find!!! I love your outfit even if you imagine something else. I've always loved dolls and dollhouses but wow this one is something else and so mysterious given the setting! x

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  12. Wonderful photoshoot, but I have to ask, was the bird okay? xxx

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    1. No birds were harmed in the shooting of these photos ;) The birds were flying up against the glass but not at any great speed - they were ok!

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  13. This is straight out of a Tim Walker photoshoot! Also, Room With A View is such a gorgeous film, that dreamy Edwardian aesthetic is something I would love to capture one day...
    I definitely feel you on the frustration of finding a specific photoshoot location when you're not dressed to match it - although I think this dress goes very well with the dolls house setting. When this happens to me I normally make a mental note of the location and haul myself back there another time!

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