Apr 10 2012: Black Glass: Fifteen Glass Plate Negative Portraits of Unknown People (Mainly 1940s)

Although not really recent finds, having been already used in early 2011 as the inspiration for a short sequence of poems on the loose subjects of cinema, memory and inverted perception, that earlier version didn’t include all the plates or subjects in the boxes as found. The figure above, with his Joycean round spectacles, pipe and pose was missing, for a start, and there are several portraits of him here. The key thing about these plates, however, is the way that their inversion of light and dark generates a wonderfully otherworldly, uncanny atmosphere.

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