Bella in My Dear Guinevere: Victorian Little Girls’ Princess Dress by Sunbeanbella on Etsy

Bella in My Dear Guinevere: Victorian Little Girls’ Princess Dress by Sunbeanbella on Etsy

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This post is really a paean to the transient, vulnerable art of expository photography on sites like Etsy: this pretty image is still up, even tho’ the shop Sunbeanbella has sold the item…..but for how long?

I have a number of images that Google et al. tell me aren’t searchable: you take it with a pinch of salt – obviously the robots don’t search individual computer files, and aren’t that exhaustive anyway. There’s quite a debate about how vulnerable even the humble JPEG image file is – given how often in the past changing technology has made seemingly-ubiquitous software/hardware redundant: so even images that now seem to be all over the net could be lost in the future.

The image above was taken “at home sweet home” in Utah, and “our model is a six-year-old girl” – Bella, the owner’s daughter. The owner is Amy Beatty, and she has a couple of blogs that she seems to have lost interest in, but includes this sweet picture of the family at home in Provo – with our model (wearing the head band – and maybe even the same boots):

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….since Amy basically sells clothes she picks up in thrift shops during their travels, the stock is very limited: but interesting and quirky. The dress has been sold, and I imagine it went pretty fast, as it was a real couture one-off from an obscure label in Galicia, Spain. How that ended up in a thrift store in Utah…..

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……I hope they keep these portraits of Bella as a memory of this special age…..and maybe even print hard copies: you never know….

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