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Wednesday, 08 August 2012

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Bad taste and smug humor are timeless? Reminds me of late 18th century Parisian dandies strolling the park with (say) a crab on a leash to shock the rubes.

The thesis almost writes itself.

I just wonder what people used to do with pictures like this before there was an internet?

I have to say that I actually prefer this over Wegman, in spite of the fact it reminds me of my high school French teacher (who shall remain nameless).

Dejection.
That feeling embraces me, when watching things like "da dressed up dog".

Antony asks: "I just wonder what people used to do with pictures like this before there was an internet?"

Make carte de visite (with a standard "almost 16:9" photographs) and drop them off at your friends when you visit. Just like sending a URL.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carte_de_visite

For "Random Cat Excellence" see Harry Pointer and "The Brighton Cats" carte de visite for the Victorian take on "cat macros".

http://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BTNPointerCats.htm

and his dog cards

http://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BtnPointerdogs02.jpg

For example, Cute dogs

http://tuesday-johnson.tumblr.com/post/27792980510/ca-1860s-carte-de-visite-portrait-of-a-dog

Distributing wacky photos of animals have been with us for more than 150 years.

"I just wonder what people used to do with pictures like this before there was an internet?"

Print them

This has to be fine art. It's black-and-white, and shows what appear to be the edges of the film holder.

"Bad taste and smug humor are timeless?"

uhh, yeah

Sad. Nothing more to say!

Looking at the links in Kevin's comment above, I find myself more impressed with that work than the modern work of Wegman. I have never done any large format work, and certainly no historic recreation work, so I have no idea what kind of ISO is possible with albumen prints. Still, to get animals to hold still for even 1/10 of a second would be a trick. It makes modern studio flashes seem like cheating.

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