A winter photograph by Duncan Brown of a group of trees at Pollok, c 1856.
In the distance to the left is the Pollok House stable block. Behind the trees to the right is the White Cart Water and in front is a small tent with a man lounging outside it. This may be a photographer's darkroom tent. The collodion method of photography was introduced in 1851 and was cheaper and quicker than any of the other photographic methods previously available. Unfortunately the collodion method required that the photograph was developed while the glass plate was still wet and so photographers had to take all the necessary equipment and a darkroom tent to the site.
Duncan Brown (1819-1897) was a talented amateur photographer whose work documents aspects of Glasgow life from the 1850s until the 1890s.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow School of Art Archives
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