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Sunshine And Shower

Sunshine And Shower

Photographer: Gale, Joseph Colonel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1891

Shelfmark: 1757.b.14

Item number: 32

Length: 16.9

Width: 12

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The qualities of selection of light and shade on the one hand, and of composition on the other, are most admirably shown in 'Sunshine and Shower' - the distribution of the light into one major light with its two minor lights joined by numerous broken half lights could not be excelled by the most subtle craft of the painter; nor do I think that, as a matter of composition, any artifice would add to its beauty...I have a particular interest in this photograph, for I happened to be passing at the time Mr. Sutcliffe was taking it, and one of the most charming effects of it is one which, so far as my knowledge goes, no painter has ever attempted to paint, nor do I think that until Mr. Sutcliffe took this photograph any painter would have dared to attempt to paint it, and yet it is a very beautiful effect, I refer to the fact that owing to the shower the direct rays of the sun behind the topsail of the schooner were refracted by the particles of moisture right through the sail, and so we have a point of semi-transparence on an opaque object against the light. To have a scientific indisputable record of such a beautiful effect as this is of inestimable value to the Art World, for, as photography has established the existence of the effect beyond cavil, no artist would hesitate to use it if it would add to the beauty of his picture."

Descriptive text by Charles Noel Armfield from 'Sun Artists' (Number 8)

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