My friend Grethe’s grandmother was a photographer. Even though formally she was only recognized as a photographers assistant, she was indeed conducting her own photography assignments. My friend gave me the entire collection of her digitalized photo’s from around the turn of the century, to see if I could use them for something creative!
Meet Petrine Wiik:
This is Petrine’s engagement photos. She was born in 1884, and the other elegant fin de siècle ladies dressed in white are her sisters; named Ingeborg, Josefine, Johanne and Olufine. The last lady is her sister in-law.
The sisters were born in Støren, in Sør-Trøndelag, but by 1900 the family had moved to Ålesund where their father became a merchant. The coastal town of Ålesund is renowned for two things: It burned mostly to the ground in 1905 and it was rebuilt in Art Noveau style which is well preserved to this day. Thus present Ålesund has recently been elected the most beautiful town in Norway! At the time the new brick houses, were grand and spacious, they still are! The people of Ålesund erected a new town like a Phoenix out of the ashes. More modern, more enduring, more beautiful.
In the middle of the turmoil, was Petrine, a young lady with her camera. I am going to work through a few hundred photos my friend gifted to me, and share a few of them with you here, knowing I both enjoy uncovering the story they can still tell us, and you might enjoy using them in your art!
According to the Norwegian Digital Archives, Petrine married Bertel Mattland on October 23. 1910. My friend Grethe told me the bride and groom eloped to another coastal town, Molde, and got married there, because they both had such large families they could not afford arranging a “proper” wedding at home.
The Petrine Wiik Photography Collection was preserved on glass plates, and was digitalized a few years ago. I used the photo of Petrine and her sisters all dressed in white for my collage. Firstly I’m charmed by the fact that they actually had such a large photoshoot for an engagement, I have never seen that before. Secondly I am also very intrigued by the fact that the girls are all dressed in white, including white gloves, I have never seen t-h-a-t before either. For the wedding Petrine wore a black dress, according to the custom of the period.
I created my digital collage utilizing some fabulous pieces from The Old Design Shop! Thank you again Julie, for providing such a versatile selection 😀
You may download my engagement collage with Petrine and her sisters, and use it for a journal or in your art.
I’m also including Petrine’s original engagement photos, in high quality, should you wish to use them separately 🙂
Find your high quality copies of the files in the Petrine Wiik Photography Collectiont folder, free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂 (Click on badge below to see the collection).
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