Getting My Wordsworth On

The Library of Congress Flickr Stream never disappoints, and often truly delights. Today, let’s look at some recently posted images of Tintern Abbey, and come over all poetic-like.
Tintern Abbey, S.W. II (LOC)

These photochrom prints are beautiful — the result of coloring black and white images by transferring the black and white glass negatives onto “litho and chromographic litho plates” and using ink to color the image. The result is artificial, to be sure, but it’s also quite striking — these images mimic the effect of color photography not by attempting to capture color but by creating it. These are only a taste — the LOC’s got a whole grand set of them, well worth exploring (the shots from Norway are spectacular).

[Abbey interior, looking W., Tintern, England] (LOC)

“If I should be, where I no more can hear
Thy voice, nor catch from thy wild eyes these gleams
Of past existence, wilt thou then forget
That on the banks of this delightful stream
We stood together; and that I, so long
A worshipper of Nature, hither came,
Unwearied in that service: rather say
With warmer love, oh! with far deeper zeal
Of holier love. Nor wilt thou then forget,
That after many wanderings, many years
Of absence, these steep woods and lofty cliffs,
And this green pastoral landscape, were to me
More dear, both for themselves, and for thy sake.” [1]

Tintern Abbey interior, looking E. (LOC)

You can almost see what old Wordsworth was going on about. :)

[1] A bit from the end of “Lines Written A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour, July 13, 1798”, as found in Project Gutenberg’s version of Lyrical Ballads and A Few Other Poems by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, circa 1798.


About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. For now, I labor at a fairly interesting administrative job in order to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.
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