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Apr. 17th, 2012

06:04 pm - When was it taken?

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The site where I found this image posted suggested it comes from before 1960--in that case the hairstyle and overt classicizing costume would suggest before 1920. The look of the photograph agrees with that. But if it comes form then it is unlike anything I've seen from that period and is quite remarkable, not only as a nude photo, but as a photo. I doubt it could have been overlooked by historians of photography. 

Does anyone know anything about this image?




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From:ms_geekette
Date:April 17th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
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I haven't seen this pic before (although I'm certainly not as widely experienced in the art photo arena as a lot of peeps are here), but other than the blur of the foot, it looks a little too "perfect" not to be 'shopped in some way. But I see the faint reflection in the water, and go, "hmmmm, well....," but then I think about the logistics of taking such a picture without lots of manipulation, even in this day and age would be fairly tough. Most of the early apparition/ghost/fairy pics seemed to have a bit of blurriness going on which this photo certainly does not have!

So, I don't know, but I'd wonder why the site you found this at would say that it's pre-1960. My gut says it's modern, but very striking! Do you have a source link for the website?

P.S. The only other option for this being an early photo (that I can think of) is that they used a REALLY kickass painted background in a studio with some rocks and foliage, which I guess is possible, but seems unlikely that someone would go to the trouble? That, and it probably wouldn't look *this* good for an early pic.
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From:malkhos
Date:April 17th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Its from a tumblr--and as far as I know I can't comment here, either because comments aren't allowed, or because I don't have a tumblr:

http://ourvintagebeauty.tumblr.com/post/21218564753/myprivatgarden-such-a-beautiful-picture-wow

Its devoted to vintage images only is the only clue to the date.

if the figure is photo-shopped against the background, its an amazingly good job. But I think you could take it with a very fast shutter speed, which I doubt would have been readily available at some time like 1905.

Incidentally, the same site, since I have it open, has what may be the best Bettie Page photo I've ever seen:

http://ourvintagebeauty.tumblr.com/post/21229527303


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From:ms_geekette
Date:April 18th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
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Ha, ha. I ALMOST put in my comment that I hoped the website wasn't on Tumblr, b/c that place is such a mass of reblogs that it can be difficult to tell where a photo originates (and people are generally crappy about noting the ORIGINAL source, which is annoying if you want to know more).

I think in this case, ourvintagebeauty saw a nice b&w photo that looked passably "old" and reblogged it. It was actually "first" posted here (you have to dig through the "notes" on the post to find the originator, btw):
http://lenadarky.tumblr.com/post/21097457135
with absolutely no tags/source that I can see. :-/

(OMG, I *hate* the layout of this Tumblr...it reminds me of old-school Myspace pages, which is NOT a good thing.) You might be able to see things more easily (and w/o the music) here: http://lenadarky.tumblr.com/rss

The only way you can "talk" to someone on Tumblr, w/o a Tumblr of your own is by using the "ask"/message function. It's sorta like a PM here, or a DM on Twitter. So, the way to ask the original poster is here: http://lenadarky.tumblr.com/ask
If you want a chance at an answer, I'd include an email addy, or something, otherwise it'll just be an anon comment.

I will be highly impressed if she/he can give you an answer, tho. Hopefully someone else here will be familiar with this pic!
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From:malkhos
Date:April 18th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
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thanks for those tips. iukpun found the photographer who took it (in 2010), in a later response to my post.
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From:ms_geekette
Date:April 18th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
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Man, LJ's commenting is running slow tonight. I totally didn't see iukpun's comment, even after I made my third comment. :-| Maybe I didn't refresh.

Well, I thought far too much about this pic! XD (I have a feeling early photogs would have found floating in water/underwater photography amazing/novel enough without going to the extra step of having the uber-realistic background.)
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From:ms_geekette
Date:April 18th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
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And, oh, really the only way I can think of this being an EARLY pic is if it employed water for the "floating" effect (like in my icon). Flip the pic, and the bottom becomes the top of the water. I've never seen an early model-floating-in-water pic with a good background, like this one has. They usually look pretty cheesy, which is why I usually prefer the no-background ones. (I don't know much about early photo merging techniques, i.e. overlaying one photo with another, where the woman is one pic and the background another...I guess it's conceivably do-able without computers?)

But I'm voting for recent-ish photoshop on this one, the more I think about it. XD (I am certainly NO expert, tho!)
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From:vonjunzt
Date:April 18th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
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Thank you for posting this. That image and the image of Page (one I hadn't seen before) are truly remarkable.
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From:malkhos
Date:April 18th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
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No problem. You need mental sustenance for your long ascetic retreats to the desert.
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From:iukpun
Date:April 17th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
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its Brooke Shaden. photo named "her ascension"
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brookeshaden/4894273835/in/faves-29933309@N02/

p.s. i cheated and used google images
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From:malkhos
Date:April 18th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
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Thanks for finding it. How did you use Google images to find it?
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From:iukpun
Date:April 18th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
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i gave google this image link and it suggest this photographer and gave link to his flickr account. Then i just look through his gallery on flickr :) (style of other photos is very close to this, so i thought google had no mistake)

p.s. at first this google image feature worked only in chrome for me. only after some tweaks it worked in opera browser.

p.p.s sorry for my bad language

http://www.google.com/insidesearch/features/images/searchbyimage.html

Edited at 2012-04-18 01:31 am (UTC)
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From:malkhos
Date:April 18th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
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I see how you did that with the search by image feature--very clever! I would never have thought of that.
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