Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Odd Photo of Venice
When I say odd, I don't mean the image itself. I think the photo is great, clearly taken at the turn of the 19th century, the demeanor and expression of the old woman is what makes it. The thing itself however is a bit odd. This is a modern reproduction of the photo but it has been printed onto what feels like almost a flexible sheet of plastic, no thicker than most thin card, but still plastic and it has something of a lustre finish. The photo is larger too than it probably seems here measuring about 16" across. It has pin holes in the corner so I'm guessing it was created for display. The other slightly unusual thing about it is the format. It's quite unusual to see Victorian photographs in what is almost a panoramic format. This is one of those things that come too often into a dealer's life: a thing that you can't imagine who would want to buy it and yet seems too lovely to simply throw away!