This past week I made my reentry into publishing blog entries after nearly a year and a half away. It felt like meeting up with an old friend, one you haven’t seen in a long time, but fall right back into where you left off. Today I return to another old friend, Sepia Saturday, who I have also greatly missed, and the wonderful people who post each week.
This week the subject is based around making silhouettes. I had the perfect photos in mind, but of course, cannot find them. A year ago my computer crashed (part of the reason I've been away so long) and when my son was helping purchase and set up my new equipment he insisted on putting all my carefully cataloged photos on an external hard drive while saying, “Mother, who keeps 40,000 photos on her C drive?” Well, me of course. The photos are now jumbled in a giant mess and I have neither the energy nor the expertise to efficiently organize them.
I finally decided on this photo of a very interesting "turn of the century" young woman in silhouette pose. She is wearing a high-necked white blouse quite typical for the time and I love the poofy, flowery bow in her hair. What really drew me to purchase this photograph was her spectacles – they help make her face so interesting.
The photographer was Elmer M. Enlow born in Lee Township, Athens County, Ohio on September 17, 1867 according to Jeffrey Weidman in his book, Artists in Ohio, 1787 - 1900: A Biographical Dictionary. According to Weidman, Enlow bought his studio from John C. Brannan in 1898 and was still active as of 1905.
I urge all my readers to click this link, Sepia Saturday, for more great photos and fascinating stories.