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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.

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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.


The Brooklynite dandy

Enhanced RPPC. Private collection.

1900s-1910s RPPC. Private collection.

This sophisticated New Yorker posed all smile in a slim fitting coat with a black cane in hand, the other hand in the coat pocket. The striped shirt adds a bit of pattern to the overall crisp look. A very classy and artistic portrait. No busy backdrop. Just him and it works.

Photographer: Strauss Studio. Brooklyn. New York.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918

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Digital restoration work titled The Brooklynite Dandy by Caroline C. Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


Mr. Ford’s ‘dandy time at home’

RPPC. Private Collection.

1913 RPPC. Private Collection.

A gentleman by the name of E.A. Ford from Iowa Falls in an artistic portrait of himself. The photographer sent him the picture, calling it a ‘dandy time at home’.

The photographer signed his note R.D. Case. This real photo postcard was posted December 5, 1913.

Click for larger detail.

Click for larger detail.

Portrait of Lincoln in the mirror?

reflection-back

Photographer: R.D. Case


Bowler wearing men from the back

1890s-1900s Tintype.

1890s-1900s Tintype.

The same two men from the front after the cut.
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