1. William Henry Fox Talbot: The Tomb of Sir Walter Scott, in Dryburgh Abbey, 1844

    Talbot’s second photographically illustrated book, entitled Sun Pictures in Scotland and published in 1845 with no text other than a list of plates, transported the reader via photography to sites significant to the life and writings of Sir Walter Scott. Among the images included was The Tomb of Sir Walter Scott, in Dryburgh Abbey, a romantic expression perfectly suited to the writer. The tomb is embedded in the shadows of the Gothic ruin, itself nestled among the trees that grow where columns of the transept once rose, the whole scene in turn subsumed in the deep, rich tones of the calotype. Copies of this image in Sun Pictures, like many plates in The Pencil of Nature, faded dramatically from their original dark chocolate brown even in Talbot’s time, due to impurities in the printing establishment’s water supply, to the printer having inadequately washed out the hypo fixer, and to the publishers having trimmed and affixed them to bristol, which left them more vulnerable to oxidation and exposed them to chemicals in the mounting glue. 

     
  1. adrian-cornish reblogged this from onlyoldphotography
  2. iamtherapemannow likes this
  3. xexual reblogged this from onlyoldphotography
  4. lamassucats reblogged this from onlyoldphotography
  5. endlesskng reblogged this from hetheria
  6. stupid-photography reblogged this from haustus
  7. posedaao reblogged this from haustus
  8. neuralmaze reblogged this from haustus
  9. haustus reblogged this from hetheria
  10. owlgebraic likes this
  11. isaideatmyshorts reblogged this from halloween-mermaid
  12. isaideatmyshorts likes this
  13. peacesvalidity likes this
  14. halloween-mermaid reblogged this from hetheria
  15. silverbreaths reblogged this from c-o-r-r-u-p-t
  16. among-the-roses reblogged this from onlyoldphotography
  17. hhyonh likes this
  18. aeviette reblogged this from ladyundici
  19. 04-29 reblogged this from citrum
  20. the-blur-of-reality reblogged this from damnedbythelight
  21. v-u-l-n-e-r-u-m reblogged this from to-dienu-pasaule
  22. v-u-l-n-e-r-u-m likes this
  23. beyondthegravestone likes this
  24. gloriaaaaa reblogged this from damnedbythelight
  25. damnedbythelight reblogged this from citrum
  26. whyaskeyou reblogged this from brief-candles
  27. the-anti-kosmik likes this
  28. s-oulcry reblogged this from brief-candles
  29. theredmatinee reblogged this from onlyoldphotography
  30. branca93 reblogged this from hetheria
  31. andynomasperra reblogged this from c-o-r-r-u-p-t
  32. andynomasperra likes this
  33. afallenang3l reblogged this from disquietinglullabies
  34. disquietinglullabies reblogged this from c-o-r-r-u-p-t
  35. c-o-r-r-u-p-t reblogged this from t3mpusfugit
  36. t3mpusfugit reblogged this from brief-candles
  37. lava-lakes reblogged this from brief-candles
  38. wrathfulsea likes this
  39. mirror-crackd reblogged this from brief-candles
  40. youreonsomeshit reblogged this from brief-candles
  41. illogicallybalmy reblogged this from brief-candles
  42. scorpio-tales likes this
  43. bestrongbeinfinite reblogged this from brief-candles
  44. blythezarozinia reblogged this from hetheria
  45. brief-candles reblogged this from hetheria
  46. strictlywayward likes this
  47. saddereyes reblogged this from hetheria
  48. sleepterrors reblogged this from hetheria
  49. black-serenade reblogged this from hetheria
  50. caspex reblogged this from hetheria