At The Water’s Edge

John B. Capewell of Westville, NJ is back with some lads, but not with the same lads that have been in the past few posts. Capewell is the second from the left or the third from the left if I include the dog. You’ll notice the slight blur to the photographer’s hand as he is probably activating his camera’s shutter with an attached string as he has done in a number of these glass negatives.

Capewell may be back in Westville in this shot. As you can see from the entire negative, John and the Lads are standing at the edge of the water where a boat is moored. I’m wondering if it’s the Big Timber Creek. The Creek joins the Delaware River between Westville and Gloucester City.

Here is the photographer between two unidentified gentlemen. The other guys resemble Capewell’s chums from last week’s shot, but I’m not sure.

…and here are the fellows on the right:

The man to the left of this shot with the eccentric mustache reminds me of the gunslinger in the silent masterpiece The Great Train Robbery which was in theaters around the time when Capewell shot his plates.

The Great Train Robbery (1903)

When I first inverted this negative in Photoshop, it had an interesting blue cast. Here’s the shot before some of the adjustments I made:

As with all of the photographs in the Capewell Collection, I placed the 5″ x 7″ glass negative on a lightbox and shot them with a digital camera locked down on a tripod. The processing was done digitally on a Mac using Adobe Photoshop.

The Capewell Glass Negative Collection

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