It’s never too late to pursue your dreams, that’s what Julia Margaret Cameron learned in 1863 at the age of forty-eight, when she received her first camera as a gift from one of her daughters. The mother of six drew a strong attainment for photography and developed a unique craft for that day in age; her work still lingers 150 years later inspiring many photographers with their own.
Cameron dodged any formal techniques that contemporary photographers were using at that time, many criticizing her images often citing them as unskilled or lacking any type of craftsmanship. With slight movements and soft focus combined, Cameron’s techniques were actually well thought out, and although not appreciated in her own time, she brought something into photography that was missing, life and beauty.
Let’s face it when you look at images from the Victorian era, they are often portraits of unhappy looking folks, or landscapes. Cameron’s work stood out from the rest, not only was she friends with prominent authors, writers and stage actors of the time, like Charles Darwin, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Ellen Terry, her celebrity friends of the hey-day were often her photography subjects.
Although her career lasted a short 12 years, Cameron’s Arthurian and legendary themed body of work had a “huge impact on the development of modern photography, especially her closely cropped portraits which are still mimicked today.”
[via] Visual News