Thursday, November 15, 2012
Recently I received this 1850s portrait from the U.S.A. It is an Ambrotype which is a later version of a Daguerreotype on a darkened glass. I find that it smaller size ( which was termed as a 1/6 plate) which fits in my hand creates a particular intimacy for this one of a kind photographic artifact. The magenta and gold tones add to its mystique and one can only speculate who is the young man with his clear eyes who is gazing at me across the sea of temporality.