Rocks & More Rocks

rocksHere’s a couple of shots from John B Capewell that are fairly similar so I decided to lump them together.

I’m not sure if these were taken at the same time or place, but they both feature large rocks.

more-rocksIf I were to take a guess, the upper picture could have been taken along with the series of pictures among the quarry.

The picture of the rocks leading out to the water is in sad shape, but it was a pleasing blue before I started to fiddle with it in Photoshop.


About The Capewell Glass Negative Collection

The Capewell Glass Negative Collection is a series of about 200 5-inch by 7-inch glass negatives shot early in the 20th Century by John Batt Capewell (1878-1951) of Westville, New Jersey. John passed the negatives down to his son Henry who left them in his wife’s possession upon his passing. Henry’s widow didn’t know what to do with them and didn’t particularly want them so she offered them to my Dad who couldn’t turn down anything. Ultimately I wound up with them and thought I would one day have photographic prints struck from them. That didn’t happen, but I came up with the digital workaround of placing the negatives on a lightbox and rephotographing them with a digital camera. The “processing” was then done on a computer with image editing software. They came out better than I thought they would so I thought I would show them off to the world on this site. Many of these pictures have not been seen in a century, and I’m proud to be presenting them today.

At first, I did not know who the people were in the photographs. I have a box of ephemera that accompanied the negatives and snagged a few clues from that as far as the Capewell name. I did some research on the internet and had a few false starts and wrong turns, but the readers of these posts have provided a remarkable amount of research and detail. I’m amazed at what people have turned up sifting through public records and such!

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3 Responses to Rocks & More Rocks

  1. Old NFO says:

    I can’t help but wonder if he was trying to figure out depth of field with those…

  2. Tina says:

    That’s what I thought too. Back then – photography was a very expensive hobby as well as experimental.

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