This is one of those photos you come across and are completely struck by despite having very little sense of the context or purpose. It's possible that this girl was photographed praying to commemorate first communion or some other religious rite. Perhaps she was an actor in a play. Whatever the case, this photo strikes me as surreal and eerie every time I look at it. The white dress. The somber expression. The ghostliness of the white dress on the white background.
FringePop is a showcase for uncommon and esoteric cultural artifacts. The focus is on unusual items from both popular and fringe culture, with an emphasis on subversive pieces. The items shown are from the author's personal collection, unless otherwise noted.
I am a pop culture buff and collector, who focuses on the odd, subversive, and fringe elements of Western culture. In 2005, I edited a book for Feral House called "Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties." The vintage oddities in my collection include victoriana, sideshow, medical, and kitsch. I am also an amateur sewer, making clothing from vintage mod patterns.