January 7, 2012

Hiding

I'm damned curious about this photo. Was it just some 19th century art student's pretentiousness, the early version of pretty-women-wearing-gas-masks or unsmiling-children-near-abandoned-playgrounds? Or was there genuine emotion behind it? Grief? Shame? Was the photographer capturing, creating, or both?

The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious 
by W.M. Hunt
1800s
but seen at Black and WTF, one of the best tumblrs out there
if you like this sort of thing

4 comments:

Ms. Moon said...

I betcha it had something to do with that spiritual movement. The whole table-tapping thing. They were probably trying to read each others' minds.

downtown guy said...

I didn't even think about that, but it could be.

May said...

I think they just had two pieces of paper.

downtown guy said...

No way, there is so much paper there.