Julia Margaret Cameron (1815 – 79) was one of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century. Best known for her powerful portraits, she also posed her sitters – friends, family and servants – as characters from biblical, historical or allegorical stories. Her photographs were rule-breaking: intentionally out of focus, and often including scratches, smudges and other traces of her process. In her lifetime, Cameron was criticised for her unconventional techniques, but also celebrated for the beauty of her compositions and her conviction that photography was an art form.
Here at the Vampire’s Wife we understand that to be creative, first you’ve got to recognise the beauty in the world, but also to understand that the world reveals its loveliness to us uniquely and subjectively. Our duty is to embrace our own peculiar view of what is beautiful, and to create things that glorify it. That’s the general plan anyway! Anyway, we love Julia Margaret Cameron here at The Vampire’s Wife.