“The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul.”
~ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
A friend and I discovered a great antique shop on our way to Martinique Beach a couple weekends ago. We spent our time sorting through old tins and boxes, amassing a number of Victorian portraits and vintage photographs. The portraits were taken in studios in Halifax and Montréal, but the people in the photographs are unknown. Beyond the historic charm of the subjects, you have to admire the beauty and craftsmanship of the hand drawn type and ornate pen and ink illustrations printed on the bottoms and backs of the photos. The last two portraits are my particular favorites. I imagined them being the same woman at different stages in her life. While there are no dates on the pictures to support my wishful evidence, I couldn’t help but be drawn into the spooky similarity of their eyes.
The antique shop where we found these photos is called ‘Old times, Old Friends, Antiques, Collectables & Dolls.’ You can find it Just 20 minutes from Halifax/Dartmouth on 414 East Petpeswick Road in Musquodoboit Harbour.