In the weeks before the festival, I had planned out another dream Regency wardrobe - and on it were a new dotted dress and chemisette. Worn over top my mid-century corset and strapped petticoat, the dotted dress features a gathered front and puffed sleeves. Accessorized with the new chemisette, pale pink gloves and a reticule, I was seaside ready!
Of course, Maria, my sister and photographer, and I chose the only 90 degree day last week for the shoot...it was extremely bright, harsh sunlight and very windy; but Maria, as usual, proved that she can overcome any obstacles with her camera! *All photographs courtesy of Maria M. - many, many thanks!*
Completed Project Shots:
Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.
Sails of silk and ropes of sandal,
Such as gleam in ancient lore;
And the singing of the sailors,
And the answer from the shore!
Most of all, the Spanish ballad
Haunts me oft, and tarries long,
Of the noble Count Arnaldos
And the sailor's mystic song.
Like the long waves on a sea-beach,
Where the sand as silver shines,
With a soft, monotonous cadence,
Flow its unrhymed lyric lines;--
Telling how the Count Arnaldos,
With his hawk upon his hand,
Saw a fair and stately galley,
Steering onward to the land;--
How he heard the ancient helmsman
Chant a song so wild and clear,
That the sailing sea-bird slowly
Poised upon the mast to hear,
And he cried, with impulse strong,--
"Helmsman! for the love of heaven,
Teach me, too, that wondrous song!"
"Wouldst thou,"--so the helmsman answered,
"Learn the secret of the sea?
Only those who brave its dangers
Comprehend its mystery!"
In each sail that skims the horizon,
In each landward-blowing breeze,
I behold that stately galley,
Hear those mournful melodies;
Till my soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.
Poem is "The Secret of the Sea" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1850. Construction details to follow...thanks for reading!