Julia Margaret Cameron
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02 c.1864 Mary Ryan with Photogram Frame of Plant Forms. Cameron's
approach to photographic techniques was experimental and imaginative. This
sitter is Mary Ryan, an Irish girl whose beauty inspired Cameron to bring her into
her household. Ryan's portrait is framed by a photogram of plant forms, made by
placing the plants between ... of plants and the lens-based image of branches
and leaves above Ryan's head. 03 1864 Mary Hillier as Madonna with Two
03 1864 Mary Hillier as Madonna with Two Children. Cameron posed her
favourite model, housemaid Mary Hillier, and two children according to the
iconography of Christian art. By scratching away the negative emulsion (visible to
the left of Hillier's face), she creates a halo of 'light'. Hillier's serene Madonna
contrasts with the blurred forms of the children, who had difficulty holding still for
the long exposure. Cameron painted her signature and the inscription 'From Life'
on the negative.
38 1867 Mary Mother. A comparison between this photograph and an early
image of Mary Hillier posed as the Madonna (no. 3) indicates Cameron's growing
assuredness. She has dispensed with the traditional iconography of halo and
child to centre upon Hillier's face, enclosed and framed by sinuous arcs, folds
and gathers of veil and dress. Hillier's downward look, away from the light, and
the vulnerable wisps of hair at her forehead, signify Mary's humility amidst the
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