John & Ella Newly Married

Here’s a picture of the photographer John Capewell of Westville, New Jersey sitting with his wife Ella in the shade of a tree. John and Ella look very young in this picture compared to others in the collection. I assumed it was a picture from when they were courting, and I was going to title this post Young Sweethearts, but I had a closer look at the negative.

They are both wearing wedding rings and are making a point of displaying them for posterity.

Here’s the whole glass negative:

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.

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3 Responses to John & Ella Newly Married

  1. Tina says:

    This is one of my favorite photos in this series.

  2. Joe Williams says:

    I missed the obvious! Thanks, Ann! Maybe they were sweethearts and the photo is older than I thought! The matching rings are strang though.

  3. Ann Tumser says:

    Joe ~ wedding rings??? Ella has a ring on her right hand and John has a ring on his left hand. I’ve known some Europeans to wear the wedding band on the right (possibly Austria) but I would think that husband and wife would wear their rings on the same hand.

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