Vintage Children Portraits
I love vintage portraits of children. When I run across portraits while antiquing the ones that make it into my collection stand out to me in either expression, dress, pose, or photographic technique.
Photographers in the 1800’s conceived of a technique called “The Hidden Mother”. Draping a sheet over the mothers head in an attempt to camouflage her as a part of the furniture to better emphasize the child, the mother was then able to hold her infant and keep them still long enough for the camera to get an exposure. Vintage photographs already have a eerie feel to them, but these images of moms as cloaked phantoms take the creep factor to the next level.