Sitting on top of a cluster of large rocks, a family stoically poses for a portrait together. They are dressed in lovely attire and look absolutely radiant against the calm, yet rocky, terrain of the forest. The two daughters are dressed in plain white dresses with simple detailing and have beautiful ribbons tied in their hair. The family members also have their heads tilted slightly towards the left except for the centermost daughter, who gazes directly towards the camera with an intense expression on her face. Judging by the placement of the rocks, the family may be sitting outside the entrance of a cave. Such a location is definitely an unusual place to take a family portrait, but it does create an atmosphere of both strength and beauty.
The 19th century marked the development of photography. While photo development started as a laborious and time-consuming process, different innovations have been introduced over time in order to speed up the process. At first, most photographs were very stoic and stiff, but in the late 1800s, subjects of portraits started to change primarily because photography became easily accessible to the common people. Cheaper alternatives allowed photography to become more available to the masses, and more developed technology also allowed people to be more expressive in their photographs.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.