I have a new DSLR camera, a Canon EOS Rebel T3i to be exact. I am slowly learning all of the many features that this camera has to offer. While I love the accessibility that digital cameras have brought to photography, I can’t help but miss the days in the dark room leaning over the trays, poking and prodding at the photo you were praying to turn out…..as it slowly emerges from the chemical bath. Those just picking up a digital camera may never know the pain staking art process involved with using film cameras. I admit that the instant gratification of digital photography is a technological turn in the right direction.
However, today I thought that I would recognize Julia Margaret Cameron, an artist who captured the truth aspect of photography when it was a fairly new art form.
Cameron was one of the first photographers to take close-up shots of her models in an effort to keep up with the painters. Since photography was new for this time, it was seen as a method to create reference images for paintings such as Beata Beatrix, by Dante Gabriel Rosetti (below). Photography was not yet seen as an art form by critics. Cameron set out to change this view through her choice of subjects, composition and carefully placed lighting.