A while back I assembled an album for Flickr of images of umbrellas. More recently, I selected color fashion photos taken by Toni Frissell for another album. While gathering the Frissell images, I noticed that umbrellas and parasols appeared with some regularity. In some shots umbrellas shield their holders from the rain while in others parasols provide shade from the sun. Both were also used as props in fashion shoots.
Here are some of the photos I found. First up, we see a young lady who appears in the fashion album and doubles her protection with an umbrella and sunglasses:
Are these beach umbrellas meant as protection against harmful rays or have they been positioned for dramatic effect?
Didi Abreu’s parasol with a wildflower print is a great prop for her Alpen background:
The pink parasol carried with aplomb by Cynthia Roche Cary even matches the flowers behind her:
It’s hard to pick a favorite image when there is so much to choose from so let’s just say that this is my favorite color Frissell image of Nantucket in 1957. Row upon row of colorful patterned umbrellas draw my eye through the image from the sunbathers to the water: