Double Heeled

double_heeled

FOUND by Angela in Wyoming, Michigan

This photo was found in a drawer in a classroom of the alternative high school I attended. Since the school lacked funding, prom photos were taken by teachers with students posing in front of cheap backdrops. I’m not sure if the double exposure was an accident or done intentionally by a student in the darkroom.

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  • chrome toaster

    There’s something very creepishly dominatrixy about this photo.

  • Clover_in_the_Lawn

    While this photo is amazingly mysterious, the back story is suspicous. For one thing, it must be a very old photo if it was indeed developed in a darkroom. And how could a school that lacked funding afford a color darkroom anyway? When I was in school we had photography class and learned to develop pictures in a darkroom, but only black and white. Prom photos taken by teachers of students posing in front of cheap backdrops?
    Prom photos are always taken in front of cheap backdrops! I know some teachers who are much better at taking photos than “professional” photographers. Just sayin’.

  • orinocowomble

    This reminds me of Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott’s wife. Apparently in her youth a large studio portrait of a fellow she liked was displayed in a photographer’s show window. While walking down the street one night with her friends, someone told Zelda, “What’s he doing in there? He ought to be with you!” She apparently agreed, as she kicked in the window and took the portrait with her. Or so I’m told.

  • Librarian in the Woodwork

    Prom photos of girls with girls? Oh, wait, it’s an “alternative high school”. Never mind.

  • orinocowomble

    The pose is…curious…as well.

  • Ian in Edinburgh

    “Creepishly dominatrixy” – in my humble opinion that’s an oxymoron. If that’s alright with you, Mistress Chrome. [Only joking, Chromey. Honest.]

  • Angela

    I understand your suspicion, but the equipment used in the dark room belonged to the school’s principal. I never took a photography class, so I’m not sure if they developed photos in color or not. Because of the suggestive nature of the photo, I guess it could have been taken by a student. All I know for sure is that I found this in a drawer of old photos in one of the classrooms.

  • Clover_in_the_Lawn

    Angela, you are lucky to have found a drawer full of random photos! I bet this wasn’t the only interesting one! Every picture tells a story.. My best guess about the double exposure is that it could have been taken with the kind of camera that you have to advance the film forward manually. If you forget to roll it forward, it takes another image in the same place on the film. (This happened to me more than once when I was a kid, “ruining” some of my best attempts!) Since the principal was into photography enough to provide darkroom equipment, maybe he/she also had some old cameras that the kids could use. Anyway, it’s a really interesting image for sure.