Sentimental Summer

It’s evening as I type this post. I’ve got the windows open, and I can hear the cicadas, the crickets and even the frogs from the pond across the street in a cacophony of woodland night music. The air has that heady, post rain, loamy smell to it. It’s basically a glorious summer evening here in New York. And yet, these stunning photos taken by the enormously talented French photographer, George Dambier, make me feel sentimental for summers that took place before my time. Clearly, I’m not the only one drawn to these images, as so much of what is in vogue this summer is almost entirely inspired by summers past. Do you draw inspiration from bygone eras, or are you always onward, forward!

Images via: BonniBerubiGallery

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24 Comments

  1. I absolutely love these vintage inspired pictures. Gorgeous

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  2. anita wrote:

    Hi Sue!! Love this post.
    You made me think of that song lyric "these are the good old days…"

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  3. Stephanie wrote:

    There is something magical about vintage summer, isn't there? Love these images!

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  4. Stephanie wrote:

    P.S. Now I feel like breaking out my Slim Aarons books!

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  5. This makes me so happy! I love all the retro suits and shots. Such a great and sentimental post.

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  6. I just came back from the beach this weekend. After looking at those images, I want to go back- bad! Lovely vintage photos…

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  7. Kathy wrote:

    One of these days I am going to have a pink umbrella with fringe made for my patio…just like pic #4 ! Great post…k

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  8. Cara wrote:

    yes of course!!

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  9. Liz wrote:

    These images are so dreamy! Especially images 1 and 3, could you imagine? However, I am pretty content in the now!

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  10. Debby wrote:

    Love these photos. Love the polka dot bathing suit. I draw inspiration for past, present and whatever strikes my fancy! xo

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  11. Oh these are amazing- love love their vintage charm.

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  12. Loved your evocative prose!! Totally relate to those summer evenings and yes, I've noticed that there is so much vintage imagery this summer – and yes, I love it!!

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  13. i got sentimental last night too! i was walking back from the globe after an evening of "much ado about nothing" and the sunset over st pauls was too much. i wish i would have had such a good photographer to capture the mood for me. these are divine!

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  14. I Dream Of wrote:

    Your description of your lovely summer evening is enchanting, but I understand your nostalgia. The charm of the good old days is so clear in these vintage-inspired images.

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  15. Beautiful pics….oh yes I do very much draw inspiration from bygone eras, way more than the current one! To anyone who knows me well they know I always say I was born in the wrong era, I love the fashions, etiquette, and civility that existed and was de rigour during times from the past. This images exemplify this beautifully.

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  16. I love these vintage pics! And I love the fashion – simple, not too revealing, chic. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era 🙂

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  17. Such amazing inspiration….I take it from all eras! Love picturing you as your wrote this! 🙂
    xx

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  18. These really give you the feeling of happy, easy breezy days, don't they? I had not heard of this photographer, thank you SO much for the intro!

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  19. Yep, I'm a vintage loving gal. These images are just great. The glamour of those days is just missing nowadays.

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  20. We could all use a little vintage in our lives. The class and sophistication of the by gone era is needed.

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  21. Oh, yes! The style and pose evoke dreams of the summertime my parents and we children enjoyed at the beaches in the 60' on the Baltic Sea!

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  22. I just adore vintage bathing suits! How fab are all of those bold stripes and polka dots? I have to say, summer is my favorite time. Hugs,
    Nancy xo

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  23. CDS wrote:

    What great images of the summer. Super! Super! xoxo

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  24. Love these images! I could have lived in this era and felt quite comfortable. I love that there was a celebration of life in past eras, and not so much rush from one thing to the next. I appreciate elements from many eras. It seems like you were very much appreciating the beautiful NY summer night.

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