Dimbola Lodge House of Angels

August 04, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Dimbola Lodge is a photographic museum dedicated to Julia Margaret Cameron, located in Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, England. Julia Cameron was a pioneering Victorian photographer. She is considered one of the most important female photographers, together with people like Eve Arnold and Annie Leibovitz. She also features in a number of  lists of top photographers of all time,  regardless of gender. 

House of Angels 

Cameron was primarily a portrait photographer. Due to the technology at the time, which demanded long exposures, her images were posed, but not always formal. She often photographed family and friends, which included the Tennyson (poet) family. She would also recreate scenes from Tennyson's poems, making timeless images of a classic beauty. There is something very ephemeral about her images that makes them stunningly moving and as well as of historic interest.

Her classic photographs include a portrait of Charles Darwin (1868), who was living in the Isle of Wight at the time. An example of her more emotional and sensual work would be the Ellen Terry portrait. Her child angel pictures are very impressive and would stand out in any collection of Art. As always,  there is a different experience of actually seeing the work in person, a quality of the print and age that can only be seen first hand. To sum up this museum is worth a visit and you will see work of historic and artistic merit, which is not available to view anywhere else.

 


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