Seven women pose together for a group portrait in a clearing outside the woods. They are all dressed in typical Victorian attire with buttoned white blouses tucked into long skirts, and their hair is styled into neat buns. They look towards the camera with intense expressions as they patiently wait for the photograph to be taken.
Although this glass negative wasn't found with our other Clarence Trefry negatives, I have a sneaky feeling that it's one of his. Most of Trefry's portraits (or at least, most of the ones we have) were taken in natural spaces -- in meadows, in woods. Trefry's portraits also often have a slightly uncanny feel to them. There's something disarming about how his subjects directly engage his camera and these two women are no exception.
This image comes to us from the collection of Fred Bodin, who was both a collector and photographer based in Gloucester, Massachusetts. A photojournalist, Fred spent much of his career working for Yankee Magazine. When Fred passed away in 2016, HIP purchased his collection of photographs and negatives from his estate.