Boats at Low Tide, Boulogne
(French, born Prussia, 1813–1889)
Salted paper print from paper negative
Image: 30 x 40.2 cm (11 13/16 x 15 13/16 in.)
Frame: 65.4 x 80.6 cm (25 3/4 x 31 3/4 in.)
Private Collection, courtesy of Ezra Mack, New York .
Not on view
To fill the featureless white skies over landscapes, some early photographers painted fluffy clouds directly onto their negatives, as Baldus did in this view of boats in the French port of Boulogne. The artificial cloudscape blends seamlessly with the soft-edged harbor scene, resulting in a hybrid visual creation that borrows from the picturesque tradition of painted seascapes.