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The prop really looks Victorian allegorical statuary (maybe an insane John Rogers group) and the style of photography is really nice as well. The emulsion appears crazed (how appropriate) as might be found in a damaged gelatin negative. This is a great marriage between a good prop and excellent presentation, increasing the believability overall. The style of photography supports the prop and more subtly, the prop backstory quite deftly and with understatement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rogers_%28sculptor%29For those of you who are interested in deterioration of photographs: http://www.iaq.dk/papers/wamp_photo.htm
CoastConFan; thanks for the kind words and the links. I was not familiar with John Rogers, so it was fun to have a look at his works. The photo aging came from a free photo program called PhotoScape. It offers a few 'aged' photo choices that if manipulated a bit can result in some pretty good looking photos. While I didn't pay attention to it when I did these pictures, it's worthwhile checking out actual print sizes for the dozens of standardized film varieties, especially when trying to reproduce 'snap' shots.
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