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Boats at Low Tide, Boulogne

Edouard Baldus French, born Prussia

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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.

Boats at Low Tide, Boulogne, Edouard Baldus (French (born Prussia), 1813–1889), Salted paper print from paper negative

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