Old Family Photo 2 by dakotabluemoon ()
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This one was in a little better shape but changed the color of it cause it was very yellow looking and sharpened it a bit and i just cant believe the faces on these people so serious and i think the lady to ur right has a bit of a sneer on her face so i wonder what she was thinking and the last of these photos are now done.
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I always try to imagine people in antique photographs wearing modern clothing. It is difficult with men wearing long beards and women with the old, tight hairstyles of their day. This has got to be from the last half of the 1800s. Have enjoyed this look at the past with you.
Ha ha yes but they are NOT serious. They are staying very still and waiting for the very slow shutter of the day. The exposures times were loooooooooooooooooooooong! It's easy to hold this pose than to keep a smile perfectly still! That's why the first street scenes where often, well, almost empty of people. It wasn't that the streets were empty, but that they blurred into nothing as they moved due to the slow shutters of the day. Check out the work of someone like Eugène Atget.
Even with faster shutter speeds, I've noticed a serious look is always there. A possible explanation is that in those days having a photo taken WAS a serious business and costly, so I suspect photographers were quite stern with their clients. I'll bet they were all laughing right after the shot...well, okay, maybe not! I can't imagine more uncomfortable clothing!
It would be most hard for me not to smile. :))))) So I think it was best that I was not born back then. LOL!!!! I love the dresses the ladies are wearing. :))))) Most excellent capture and most beautiful work my friend. :))))) Thank you for sharing this beauty. :))))) Carry A Smile In Your Heart :)))))))
Another great photo and work! blinkings is quite right. At first, the picture (blueprint or daguerreotype) needed a long exposure so that only the dead could be photographed. They were the only ones who could sit still as long as the exposure lasted. Then increased the sensitivity of the emulsion (the equivalent of our ISO)and one could be able to photograph living humans, provided they were motionless. If you blink, your eyes in the photo was empty, like the ancient statues, due to the sweeping movement of the eyelids.Now think: How many time can you hold a natural and sincere looking smile?
I love old photos and family history. My mom has gathered together photos and family histories from her family and my dad's and is making a book for each of her four daughters. It's great to look at images of your ancestors and know their names, how they are connected to you, and if you are lucky, a little bit about them. It is a connection with the past and with all of humanity. We have copies of courting letters of my father's parents and also copies of letters between a pair of my ancestors during the American Civil War, when he was a Confederate soldier, and sick in a camp in North Louisiana. He died of dysentery, leaving her with a small child and a baby. It amazes me that history can be so dry and boring in school, when it is the stuff of humanity. Stories of people just like us throughout the ages. Excellent job, restoring this. It looks even older than the others, more like the Civil War era. Look at this image of Clara Barton in 1865: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Clarabartonwcbbrady.jpg Of course sometimes fashion in the rural areas stayed the same for longer periods than the fashion in the urban areas. I see two of the people here that look more friendly even with the difficulties of standing still for long exposure times. The lady standing on the far left, looks kind, though tired, and the gentleman standing on the right, has friendly eyes. Lovely old photos, Brandy, I have enjoyed seeing them a lot.