Portrait of a young woman

Published by Paula Bray January 14, 2010Photo of the day.

Powerhouse Museum – Sydney

    Portrait of a young woman

    In this beautiful portrait the photographer has utilised natural light and shallow depth of field to draw the viewer’s attention to the subject. Fine details of the tulle flowers and feathers on the woman’s hat are all clearly defined whereas the dark leaves and brick wall in the background recede into soft focus.

    The photographer has also paid careful attention to the tonal elements in the composition, balancing the large area of dark in the background with the pale flower in the woman’s hat while her dark gloves serve to break up the large area of her white dress. A vase of slightly wilted flowers on the table gives the image a charming informal touch.

    This photograph is part of a collection acquired from the estate of Raymond W. Phillips, a descendent of Arthur J. Phillips, a late nineteenth century Sydney assayer and gold refiner. The same woman appears in other, less formal, photographs in this collection and it is possible that she may have been a member of the family or a friend.

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Post by Kathy Hackett, Photo Librarian

    © Copyright Powerhouse Museum


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