- Size 21 x 29.6 cm
92nd Gordon Highlanders at Edinburgh Castle Print
Print from the National Galleries of Scotland Hill and Adamson Collection. This print is a highlight in the Hill and Adamson Collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. This photograph was taken by the pioneering photographers David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson who marked the first use of photography as an art form. Their fascinating and inventive work has influenced great photographers worldwide.
Soldiers know how to stand still for long periods and for that reason were often used as life models by artists. To show them as men of action was more difficult. The blur in this photograph is deliberate and gives an impression of movement. Hill 'would during the exposure give his camera an almost imperceptible jerk' to achieve this effect. The artists preferred the blur of the calotype to the more precise daguerreotype because the former looked like 'the imperfect work of a man' and the latter like 'the much diminished perfect work of god'.
Printed on archival paper, paper size 21cm x 29.6cm.
Original image Calotype taken April 1846.