Photography from the 19th century certainly counts as history, but that’s no reason to dismiss older work. So, if you're in a rut, like myself, lost in today's photographic world, perhaps we should take a step back into the late 19th century, and visit Julia Margaret Cameron's work.
There are many ‘rules’ when it comes to portraiture, who determined them, I don’t know. But does Cameron care about it? She hardly does. In fact, her work is known for disregarding any rules there are about portraits. Out of focus, smudges and scratches, all part of Cameron’s process, making each portrait more personal, more of a collaborative process. One portrait in particular transports me right into her time. An elderly lady, aged 94, looks down and away from the camera, she wears a soft smile, as she reminisces her wedding day perhaps. The tenderness in her expression, the slight out of focus... just makes you wonder. And that’s what Cameron does beautifully, she captures the person in front of her, and creates the space for the viewer to catch a glimpse of these people.