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Written on the Wind: 1907

Written on the Wind: 1907

Circa 1907. "Youth with winged hat (Nicholas Giancola)." Platinum print by the Boston-based photographer Fred Holland Day (1864-1933). View full size.

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Amazing photographer

I don't think I'd heard of this artist before! He specialized in artistic images like this one. In his day he was the rival of Stieglitz, but much of Day's work was tragically lost in a fire three years before his death. I can't imagine what that must have felt like! He believed photography could be an art form and promoted that idea. He was also a publisher. You can find more of his ethereal images in a google search, and more about him here:

Thanks Shorpy for introducing me to him! Think I'll use some of his look as inspiration for my own photographs.

Haunting Image

Can ponder this beautiful image for hours. Hat is similar to the winged helmet I often wear.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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