Thursday, September 22, 2011

Daguerreotype 6th plate


This is the same daguerreotype as the very first post of this blog, rescanned in a much better resolution. The dag is a 6th plate, this implies a size of 2.75 x 3.25 inches (7 x 8 cm). The picture dates back to around 1850..


This is my favorite daguerreotype.

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21 comments:

  1. That looks great in its frame. I think the woman looks more modern than those in most old photos.

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  2. The absence of a lace collar really accentuates her face and the lovely ribbon and pin. Beautiful portrait and I agree that it looks great in the frame.

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  3. I wonder what she was thinking. You get the feeling that if she smiled her face would light up. I also wonder why the photographer didn’t straighten her neckerchief (or whatever it would have been called). It’s a lovely frame though.

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  4. She is quite lovely and yes I agree the frame is amazing too!

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  5. She has a slightly sad look to her face, and I think the turned over end of the ribbon/scarf adds something of a human touch to this beautiful, but otherwise rather impersonal, portrait. Thank you for sharing this and many others from your collection.

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  7. Sorry - bad typing in deleted comment!

    This is a very interesting photo, I had to do a google search to see how it was produced.

    My Sepia Saturday post has a photo taken around 1858, it's on card. I don't know the history of photography so don't know how my photo would have been produced.

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  8. Hmm wonder about the spots on her head...I have just been reading about daguerotypes in Paris in McCullough's new book. I have none and am fascinated by them. Quite striking.

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  9. I think she's beautiful, even if her expression seems a little sad.

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  10. Stunning shot. Makes me feel as if I'm about to step into a Bronte novel.

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  11. A striking image. I find it interesting that the photographer raised the camera just a bit so that she is looking slightly upward. how did you manage such a fine scan with the photo in the frame?

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  12. Wow, the photo looks great in that frame. It's so well suited that it really adds a lot. I am impressed that you got such a clear image of it too.

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  13. This is really a lovely image, though as a woman I can imagine she was irritated that her tie was not straight. :-) I noticed too that she is wearing a pieneta comb in her hair, the type that hold up the mantilla scarf. They were very popular in the later 19th century. It gives almost a crown effect here.

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  14. Thank you all. I learned a lot from your comments, and gained new insights. I use an ordinary scanner and just scan the daguerreotype. Since they are incredibly detailed I can use a high resolution!

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  15. No jewellery apart from the pin at her throat - a very simple outfit. Do you think the marks on her forehead are bruises, or something on the photo? (I fell down the stairs on a bus at the age of 14 and was bridesmaid at a wedding a week later - I ruined the photos despite modern makeup!)

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  16. She looks a bit like Demi Moore to me.

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    1. Demi Moore, I see what you mean, you've got a point.

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  18. I'm in love with this portrait or, even though it may sound a little silly, I rather say, I'm in love with her. It's stronger than me...

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  19. Excellent. I was wondering if I could use the frame of this picture for a non-commercial project I'm doing. Thank you, Mark.

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