Sunday, May 20, 2012

Vintage Photo

This is my grandmother Sabina Yanes. The photo was taken in La Palma, Canary Islands in 1928. She was 13 years old.


This is, by far, one of my favorite photos of “Mimina” (as her grandkids used to caller her). I love her shoes, the way she gently crosses her feet, the bit of hair curled in her forehead, her elegant pose and, perhaps the most striking feature, her gaze into the camera. Mimina rarely smiled in photos, she would just look directly into the camera while appearing to be keeping the world’s greatest secret.


- Natalia


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  1. Rafael

    May 20, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    O cabelo é show, cortes elegantes e bonitos. Os sapatos são demais de lindos. Adorei fotos;

  2. Hope

    May 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    What an elegant and exquisite woman!

  3. Wrinkle In Time Photography

    May 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    She’s absolutely stunning. I love the shoes too. Natural elegance.

  4. Kelly Choo

    May 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Her smile just like Mona Lisa’s smile is covert

  5. Kelly Choo

    May 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Her smile just like Mona Lisa’s smile is covert.

  6. princessglee

    May 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm


  7. lola and paz

    May 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    This…this is truly beautiful.

  8. Sabina

    May 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Your Mimina is beautiful. I also love her casually elegant style. And her name of course, hehe.

  9. Anita

    May 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    what happened to 13 year olds dress sense:( I love this photo

  10. Stephanie May*

    May 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    This is amazing. I love the serious, almost irritated look on her face.

  11. Natasha Fatah

    May 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  12. Kat

    May 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    We’re still rockin’ those styles!

  13. Erika

    May 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    There is just something so magical about vintage photos…a slice of time that we will never get back but will always have in print. I need to start printing my pics as all of them are on line! Thanks for inspiring me..

  14. Yolanda

    May 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    wow I was born in Tenerife (Canary Islands) and have been in La Palma =)

    She has such an interesting face, gorgeous..

  15. aciarn

    May 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm


  16. Simbarashe

    May 21, 2012 at 1:47 am

    I know it’s cliche to say this but… stunning.

  17. Serdane

    May 21, 2012 at 1:56 am

    She had a great sense of classic style.

  18. une chatte grise

    May 21, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Good grief, she’s beautiful.

  19. Irene's Closet

    May 21, 2012 at 2:21 am

  20. isshogai

    May 21, 2012 at 2:39 am

    when i saw this photo i feel like if i wanted to be the photographer !
    She gived real emotion… many models have to learn that…

    Thanks for sharing your past :)

  21. Helen

    May 21, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I love vintage photos very much. Vintage always means classic.

  22. Cassandra

    May 21, 2012 at 3:18 am

    She looks so beautiful.

  23. irene

    May 21, 2012 at 4:30 am

    the composition is perfect

  24. Johnny

    May 21, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Her hair style is awesome!

  25. StreetLounge

    May 21, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Thinking about the age of the photo, makes it really amazing! Gotta check home for a vintage ones of my grandparents too!

  26. Laura

    May 21, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Beautiful photo! I like her hair!

  27. Andy D4

    May 21, 2012 at 4:57 am

    The roaring decade certainly give rise to some fantastic footware!

  28. Sophie Mhabille

    May 21, 2012 at 5:08 am

    13 years old ! She looks like a real woman. I love her curly strand of hair

  29. Reptilia

    May 21, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Beautiful photo! Love it!


  30. Janet

    May 21, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Everything is elegantly placed: from the centimeters in the heel to the curl of the fringe. Would love to know what she was thinking with the flash.

  31. Leonor

    May 21, 2012 at 5:29 am

    the hair is absolutely perfect, and the shoes are gorgeous:)


  32. Stalert

    May 21, 2012 at 5:39 am

    simple, yet classy ;)

  33. carola

    May 21, 2012 at 5:52 am

    wow she’s so pretty!
    lovely pics!

  34. dorylyn

    May 21, 2012 at 6:44 am


  35. Clara Turbay

    May 21, 2012 at 6:46 am

    What a beautiful picture!

  36. ELMO

    May 21, 2012 at 7:13 am

    To see the name of my homeland (Canary Islands) on your web is a nice surprise.
    Hope next time i see it is because you are coming around ;)

  37. Alena

    May 21, 2012 at 7:19 am

    She looks older then 13 years. I think expression of her face… But she is very beautiful.

  38. EMA

    May 21, 2012 at 7:28 am

    This picture is stunning! I love looking at old photos, it is like travelling in time…

  39. irina

    May 21, 2012 at 7:31 am

    какая красавица!

  40. Sevan

    May 21, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Beauty, elegance, poise. This young lady has it all.

  41. Armandito

    May 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Eres bella mimina esa belleza de mujer es mi abuela.
    You are so beautiful mimina. That beauty woman is my grand

  42. FaconConnect

    May 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

    What an amazing photo! It’s easy to see where you get your talent from. Your grandmother was not only stunning, she also knew how to work the camera!

    @FaconConnect LLC

  43. Scarllet Gonçalves

    May 21, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Amazing photo!
    Love her hair
    She is so beautiful :)

  44. cristina

    May 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Amazing! I lover her style.

  45. julia robbs

    May 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Its so hard to believe she is only 13 years old in this photo- shes looks so graceful and elegant for her age. We can all learn a little a bit from the sophistication of these times.

  46. ieva

    May 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    wow, she is so pretty. elegant clothes, lovely shoes, that hairdo and her glance :)

  47. roelien

    May 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    your grandmother looked lovely and wistful. amazing how the shoes make her look older than 13. she reminds me a bit of louise brooks.

  48. suzy

    May 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    this is an amazing photo – thanks so much for sharing

  49. Alessandra Frega

    May 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Love her shoes!!!

  50. SabinaSabina

    May 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    First of all: Love the name:)
    Secondly: the shoes are just awesome
    But she her pose her expression its so absolutely amazing!

  51. Diamond

    May 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Pure and Natural
    That’s why i miss old days

  52. Kacie

    May 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I LOVE the Vintage Photos and I’m so glad you’re bringing them back. I submitted a couple a while back and keep hoping they might pop up sometime… maybe I’ll send them again!


  53. mathew

    May 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    13 years old! I like that jelly hair. It’s a time mark. And not to forget the two tones.

  54. Lagelle

    May 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    What a lovely photo, I luv everything about it (especially her hair) <3

  55. Ann-Marie

    May 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    13 Can be such an awkward time for a young person. Not so for this hauntingly beautiful girl. This is such an evocative photo. It leaves one wondering about who she is–what is she thinking about. It’s one of those photos that burns into your brain a lot of questions.

  56. Labella Luxe

    May 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    She looks absolutely beautiful!

  57. Amielle

    May 22, 2012 at 1:08 am

    This is a wonderful outfit/photograph. From the fact that I would love to see someone wearing a version of this today to the look on her face, it’s beautiful.

  58. Sanna

    May 22, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Thank you Natalia for sharing this wonderful image!

  59. mandywang

    May 22, 2012 at 10:25 am

    what a elegant lady, totally! nice hair style, comfortable clothes, lovely! I love her!

  60. martine

    May 22, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Gorgeous. The MonaLisa expression! I love the shoes too. So sweet and ladylike, but with plenty of edge. I love the hair with that saucy curl.

  61. Allison

    May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Wow !! chacha Natalia ! Tu abuela era preciosa !!
    Saludos desde Gran Canaria

  62. Mimimallorca

    May 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    What a beautiful photo..and what a beautiful girl your grandmother was…I love the simplicity and ‘naturaleza’ of this photo shop, no tricks of the light…just natural

  63. Aristoclea

    May 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Beautiful young girl. Brings to mind the beauties painted by Julio Romero de Torres. Thanks for sharing, Natalia.

  64. Teresa

    May 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Qué bonita!!! yo vivi un año en la Palma y tengo tantos recuerdos de la isla. Sin duda su mirada transmite la calma de los palmeros :-)

  65. redactorSEO

    May 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Fantástica. Por lo natural de la fotografía, por el parentesco y, porque son personas que ya no están con nosotros. Magnífico encanto del blanco y negro.

  66. Jan Sarah

    May 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    She was a classic beauty!

  67. Emma

    May 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Just beautiful

  68. wolly

    May 31, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Beautiful grandma, beautiful picture, beautiful shoes … I have similar shoes: white&blue – love them :)

  69. owenhyde

    June 7, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Lovely and amazing , Perfect posture with perfect smile.

  70. Mia Elizabeth

    June 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    This photo is exquisite. My grandmother was the most beautiful woman I’ve ever known, and I love nothing more than finding a new photo of her and inventing its story.
    Your Mimina was beautiful.

  71. Beck

    June 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Your Grandmother, Manolo… must to be something more than stylish in La Palma air.

  72. Nadine

    June 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    She is so amazingly beautiful, elegant, and so classic.

  73. rebecka

    June 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    when you came to canary islands? this places are amazing for take photos! :)

  74. Wim del Arte

    August 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Mona Lisa

  75. Eileen

    September 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Pensive expression for a 13 year old girl.

  76. Jana H.

    February 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

    This is the style I believe suit me! I do have a few skirts, just this long, and I love the hair!!! It’s so feminine, elegant, casual at the same time. And every girl can look pretty with clothes like that. Beautiful picture, pretty girl.

  77. Matri

    June 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Truly an innocent & feminine pose esp. classy with crossing her ankles!

  78. Zaira Sessa

    September 1, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Very chic!!! Beautiful picture!!

  79. Pırlanta

    April 9, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Pure and Natural
    That’s why i miss old days

  80. The Secret Label

    December 22, 2015 at 9:40 am

    She looks so beautiful. And those eyes! <3

  81. Glamourdaze

    May 11, 2016 at 4:51 am

    shimmering out of the past, the beauty of her youth captured in a moment. I l love her pose, her coiffure, her gaze, and her shoes ! Please post more of your wonderful granny

  82. Crack World

    August 5, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Such a pretty lade :)

  83. kissanime

    February 8, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    She has such an interesting face, gorgeous..

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