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Michael Holden commented on Michael Holden's blog post The Spirit of Rex - or Jiggery-Pokery?
"Tom, I think you're right, we will probably never know for sure how this negative was formed, and I agree that it was almost certainly contrived. But how....?"
Feb 7
Tom Ruffles PhD, ARPS commented on Michael Holden's blog post The Spirit of Rex - or Jiggery-Pokery?
"Michael, I agree it would take a degree of skill that would be surprising in a teenager, and one would have expected some reference in the caption, but I wonder why he didn't refer to the ghostly image in it either; it's hard to believe…"
Feb 6
Michael Holden commented on Michael Holden's blog post The Spirit of Rex - or Jiggery-Pokery?
"Dear Tom, Thank you for your response. I agree that there is a strong possibility that young James Combes may well have been honing his creative skills with the camera, but this resulting photograph would surely be some accomplishment for one so…"
Feb 6
Tom Ruffles PhD, ARPS commented on Michael Holden's blog post The Spirit of Rex - or Jiggery-Pokery?
"I've been puzzling over this.  Unless it was a very still day surely an exposure long enough to allow Rex to wander off half-way through would have entailed some blurring of the leaves.  I also agree that he would have less well…"
Feb 6
Michael Holden commented on Michael Holden's blog post The Spirit of Rex - or Jiggery-Pokery?
"Hello Denis, Thank you for your comments. I appreciate your point regarding exposure time in the 19th century but this photograph was taken in 1930, albeit on a somewhat overcast day. Even if the photographer had used a very slow shutter speed I…"
Jan 30
Denis Pellerin commented on Michael Holden's blog post The Spirit of Rex - or Jiggery-Pokery?
"Hi Michael,  these "ghosts" are very frequent in 19th century photos when exposures were longer. It just happened that on that not so sunny day the photographer had to choose a slow exposure and asked his models to stay still for a…"
Jan 30
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The Spirit of Rex - or Jiggery-Pokery?

I am in the process of cataloguing a very large - c.4500 - collection of medium format negatives that, I believe, were taken by Mr. J. G. Combes of Lincoln, and have discovered one negative in particular that is puzzling me.The image is that of two ladies, one seated, one standing, posing on a garden path at an address I believe to…See More
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The Spirit of Rex - or Jiggery-Pokery?

I am in the process of cataloguing a very large - c.4500 - collection of medium format negatives that, I believe, were taken by Mr. J. G. Combes of Lincoln, and have discovered one negative in particular that is puzzling me.

The image is that of two ladies, one seated, one standing, posing on a garden path at an…

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