Monday, November 22, 2010

“Thomas Carlyle”

“Thomas Carlyle”
Julia Margaret Cameron
Albumen print

Julia Margaret Cameron photographed many of her family and friends. She had her chance to photograph Thomas Carlyle, but she had to wait patiently for him, he was busy writing On Heros, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History. He only sat once for her, and she was only able to shoot two photographs, a frontal view and a side view. Attached is the frontal view. She also photographed many other famous people such as Charles Darwin, Sir John Frederick William Herschel, and George Frederick Watts.

I thought Julia Margaret Cameron did a fantastic job getting the photograph of Thomas Carlyle, especially since she was only allowed a brief time with him plus only getting two shots of him. The part that intrigued me even more was that both photographs turned out! They may be a little grainy and have some fingerprints on them, but for the most part they developed perfect! Reminds me of the pinhole prints, they all had a unique appearance about them, but for the most part turned out.

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