These photographs are selected examples of new ideas I’ve been exploring. Most of them show familiar household objects. The last nine photos are composite images that feature antique cabinet cards–or their smaller variants known as cartes de visite. Portraits of this type were popular from the mid 19th through the early 20th century. I’ve collected many such cards, some of which date back to the 1860s. Some of them have beautiful engravings on the back that give information about the photographer’s studio. In a few of the images shown here, I’ve superimposed elements from the reverse side onto the portrait, often with surprising results. In other cases, I’ve added elements from my own photographs. I like giving the photographers and their sitters a new look–and a new audience–more than a century after the original portraits were made.
Images 01, 18-22, and 25 have been represented in group exhibitions at the 1650 Gallery (#19: Winner, Best-of-Show), Center for Fine Art Photography, Darkroom Gallery, and Southeast Center for Photography.