[Among The Tree Tops Calaveras Grove]

Carleton Watkinsnegative about 1878; print 1880 - 1890

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Unlike today's tripods, which permit multiple angles, those of Carleton Watkins's day allowed only limited maneuverability. The radical perspective employed when he photographed these treetops required placing the camera on its back after the plate was coated and fitted into place. By masking the corners of this image, Watkins amplified the tree trunks and emphasized their organic character.

As Watkins's career progressed, he developed more experimental ways to take photographs. His New Series, images taken after 1876, reflected the technical and aesthetic growth that took place in the fifteen or so years that elapsed since he began as a daguerreotype operator.

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  • Title: [Among The Tree Tops Calaveras Grove]
  • Creator: Carleton Watkins
  • Date: negative about 1878; print 1880 - 1890
  • Location Created: California, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 12.9 x 8.9 cm (5 1/16 x 3 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XO.250.65
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Inscribed verso print in pencil by an unknown hand: "Among the tree tops Calaveras grove".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs


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