Saturday, July 30, 2005

photographing fowl

Nabakov sent me this link to the Historic Poultry Photos of Arthur Rice ...

During the twentieth century there were many people who took photographs of poultry and waterfowl. However, one man perfected the art more successfully than anyone else, that man was Arthur Rice....

In those supposedly "Bad old days" of the 1930s, you sent your bird which was to be photographed by him, on the railway direct to Arthur's home... On arrival Arthur would feed the bird and get it settled down ready to be photographed to his satisfaction. It would then be replaced into its wicker hamper and returned to its owner with the invoice following in the twice-daily delivered post

The Orpington Montage

Meanwhile an Australian formal portrait of the Orpington.

while woman feeding chickens is a recurring domestic motif

Early fowl studies from the mid nineteenth century: the Mary Dillwyn Album at the National Library of Wales
(see numbers: 24 25 34 36 38)

Mary Dillwyn used a small camera which, since it only needed short exposures, provided her with the opportunity of taking more spontaneous photographs, often reflecting the warmth of Victorian family life. It also allowed her to photograph chickens and other animals which were unlikely to stay still for more than a fleeting moment.source

Comments: photographing fowl

After the chores are done, maybe a little fishing.
Or maybe not:
Posted by Juke Moran at July 31, 2005 04:09 PM

btw - I checked out the chickens on your 2nd link #16.
(Can't beat the fireplace made out of grapefruit though)
Posted by boynton at July 31, 2005 09:27 PM

and more tangents at Ramage.

and bounty at dirty beloved
Posted by boynton at August 1, 2005 03:48 PM


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