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An artistic profile

Boy in profile. RPPC. Private Collection.

Boy in profile. RPPC. Private Collection.

A pensive chiaroscuro portrait of a boy from the 1910’s most likely. I don’t remember seeing many profile pictures of men from the time.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918


1906 Niagara Falls

RPPC. Private Collection.

RPPC. Private Collection.

An artistic pose taken in 1906. This RPPC was posted July 8 from Niagara Falls. These two wanted to try something different. Why not pose with our backs to the camera? The shot gives an effect of secrecy and camaraderie.


Mr. Composite of Two

Digital portrait  by Caroline C. Ryan.

Digital portrait by Caroline C. Ryan.

A new feature of this site to go along all the pictures I collect.

The other day I found a large lot of CDVs. As I flipped through them an idea came over me. What if I made unique, composite portraits out of those people? Take their best features, tweak them and create someone completely new. It sounded like it would be a fun little project.

This gentleman is the composite of two CDVs; one of a boy and the other of an adult as seen below, along with some tweaking and photoshop painting. The idea is to make my new vintage gent look as real as possible. Scary, hm?

Sources for composite art.

Sources for composite art.

Please forgive the obnoxious watermark. I am pondering offering high resolution digital downloads of these unique portraits for personal or business use. For now I will add a new section to this website to showcase them until this comes to fruition. They may not be true gentlemen of past eras, but then…they kind of are, aren’t they? ;)


Daydreaming in Chiaroscuro

Boy in chiaroscuro. RPPC. Private Collection.

Boy in chiaroscuro. RPPC. Private Collection.

An artistic portrait of a teen with a half smile. He’s holding a large book, looking up and off to the side as if daydreaming. The background reminds me of a church or school hall.

RPPC: The back is divided with no stamp box.

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The photographer with the wet plate camera

Snapshot. Private Collection.

RPPC sized snapshot. Private Collection.

This is a cute, artistic snapshot probably taken in the 1930s or 40s, yet the young photographer holding the stylus looks like he’s standing next to what I believe is a wet plate collodion camera (so the snapshot is not of his reflection).

He looks like he’s getting ready to take a picture. In his days tintypes were already considered vintage.

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Digital restoration work titled The Photographer With Wet Plate Camera by Caroline C. Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


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