Posted by: anniebutts | November 17, 2010

“I longed to arrest all beauty that came before me…”

I hadn’t heard of Julia Margaret Cameron before taking this class, but after looking through some of her pictures, I decided to do a little research. I found that the following quote and description of her work were helpful in understanding her photos…

“I longed to arrest all beauty that came before me, and at length the longing has been satisfied.” -Julia Margaret Cameron

“For Julia Margaret Cameron, photography was an art form for her to master, to twist and change as she would. Because she did not need to make a living from her photos, she was not constrained to following conventional techniques put forth by those before her. This being so, Cameron sought to produce photos in which the emotional state of the model was of highest importance. Technical aspects were set aside so that this could be done.”

“Cameron focused on two main things in her photography: women and allegorical lessons. Although some of her most well known photos are of famous men, most of her work centred around the women in her life. She tried to reveal her sitter’s natural beauty, having them pose with their hair down and flowing free to reveal a position not usually seen. Cameron’s photos are romantic. They use subdued lighting and dark backgrounds to create a dreamy setting. Cameron often left the lens of her camera purposely out of focus so as to add to this dreaminess.”

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