Historic Hood River
Twinkle in the Eye
This is one of the few unlabeled Laraway negatives, but it really captures my attention. It was from a smaller camera, so possibly predates 1895 when he started shooting 5×7″ negatives. It’s wonderfully aged but perfectly clear. Scratches in a glass negative show up as black voids; dirt in or on the emulsion shows up a white specks. The glass is chipped around the edges and there was a very slight movement of the camera or the subject so there is a slight blur, yet the overall effect is a face cutting right through the ages. While I hate to ruin the artistry by getting technical, I was drawn to study the twinkle in his eye. It turns out the focus on the eye is just a tiny bit soft, yet you can still see the reflection of the room in his cornea. I think the vertical object to the left might just be the photographer.