Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Art and Beauty Tuesday--Julia Margaret Cameron
This photograph is my favorite, of her niece, Julia. The pose, lighting and dress are amazingly modern. There is no affectation here. She looks straight into the camera without the mask of costume, or even of a smile.
Without knowing it she has used many modern photographic portraiture techniques. With only natural light available to her, her subject has what is called a "hair light"--light falling on the top of the head, on the hair. She uses what is now called "Rembrandt Lighting"--the face is in half-shadow, with, in this case, barely discernible, "Rembrandt triangle" of light seen on the cheek of the shadow side of her face. We see the important "catch-light" in her eyes--that little dot of light that makes the subject look alive.
In this example, her lack of costume or even any discernible period dress, makes her someone who could have been photographed at any time or place. She could be us.