Saturday, 10 January 2015

Picture perfect

In which G.M. Norton poses for pictorials.


I’m tickled pink to be able to share with you some daguerreotypes of your humble protagonist from a recent photo shoot at the acclaimed Doll House Photography in Birmingham.

As well as the honour of seeing Norton of Morton crowned the Best Vintage Fashion & Lifestyle Blog at the National Vintage Awards 2014, there was also a prize on offer – a free photo shoot at Doll House.

Doll House specialise in pin-up and boudoir photography so you could be forgiven for thinking that not many chaps walk through the studio doors. As I discovered though, the very talented lady behind the lens, Chrissy Sparks, doesn't just take photos of ladies in lingerie. Oh no! In fact, she had recently welcomed a male stripping troupe to be photographed.

Since relinquishing my lip weasel in the name of love, I thought the photo shoot would be an ideal opportunity to get some professionally-taken shots sans moustache.

Dismissing the donning of corsets and suspender belts, I brought along some of my favourite items of gentlemanly apparel.

I was keen for the pictorials to hark back to a bygone age, with a little of the film noir about them. I also wanted to capture a dash of humour too. I compiled a few photo ideas on Pinterest which I shared with Chrissy before the day of the photo shoot.

Upon arriving at the photo studio in the heart of Birmingham’s renowned Jewellery Quarter, I was taken to a private changing area where I proceeded to unload all my worldly belongings that I'd brought along.

As you can see from the first pictorial below, my tweed suit and fedora soon came out, along with a detachable collar and tunic shirt from Darcy Clothing. The neckwear is a New Sheridan Club tie. Since making this my profile pictorial on the Twittering Device a few days ago, it’s been commented that it has a touch of The Third Man about it.

As a fan of wet shaving with a safety razor, I was also keen to capture this on camera. There’s not an overwhelming number of vintage shaving pictorials on the World Wide Webular. For these shots, I relieved myself of the tweed and stripped down to my three-button undershirt with my button-on braces. For those not sure what I'm holding, it's my pewter shaving mug.
The second one is quite mean and moody. I adore the dark shadow running down one side of my face.
I feel I must prepare your eyes for the final photograph as it contains a sight you probably never imagined being presented with - my knobbly knees. Having grown up on a visual diet of Carry On films and Boulting Brother directed escapades, I wanted a little silliness to shine through. Nothing screams English gentleman more than sock suspenders, a sumptuous armchair and a copy of the Financial Times.
The facial expression reminds me of a mixture between Kenneth Williams and Terry-Thomas.
I'm enormously grateful to Chrissy for taking the pictorials. It was a wonderful experience and something I would love to do again. Doll House Photography are on Facebook and Instagram - definitely worth a Like or Follow!

G.M. Norton
Protagonist of 'Norton of Morton'

5 comments:

  1. These are brilliant, the last one made me chuckle! What a lovely prize. x

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    1. Many thanks, dear Porcelina. It was a splendid experience!

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    1. Dear Sir - splendid daguerreotypes in this week's offering. I would like to ask where you get your braces? I am looking for ones similar but I seem to end up with braces whose material is so thick it is like the support for a whale with a severe case of Yuletide overindulgence. Being of somewhat slimmer dimensions, the lightweight cloth ones are more to my taste,

      I look forward to hearing from you in due course and remain, Sir, your most obedient servant

      NJP McGuinness (Dr)

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    2. How lovely to hear from you. Thanks awfully for taking the time to comment. I purchased these braces from vendor of gentlemanly garments, Darcy Clothing http://www.darcyclothing.com/shop/braces/striped-y-back-button-on-braces-br716.html

      I plumped for the fawn/wine colour option. I'm wearing them at this very moment and have been very impressed. I was wondering whether to pay extra and get the Thurstons but decided to give Darcy a whirl.

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