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Title: Photo queries - pinhole in picture
Post by: cardinalcanary on Friday 01 July 16 11:17 BST (UK)
A couple of questions about the linked photo.

http://pinterest.com/pin/438749188680915819/

Is there any significance to the face having the soft focus border going into white?

What is the small pin hole in the picture about?

Thanks

Stephen
Title: Re: Photo queries - pinhole in picture
Post by: Falkyrn on Friday 01 July 16 12:51 BST (UK)
A couple of questions about the linked photo.

http://pinterest.com/pin/438749188680915819/

Is there any significance to the face having the soft focus border going into white?

No, it was fashionable especially in portrait photography
What is the small pin hole in the picture about?

Thanks

Stephen

Without being able to examine the original I can only speculate - possibly damage over time or possibly to hold the picture in place in an awkward shaped frame intended to only show the face.
Title: Re: Photo queries - pinhole in picture
Post by: cardinalcanary on Friday 01 July 16 13:58 BST (UK)
Thanks Falkyrn

The pinhole is the dot to the left of the ladies face in the photo. It seems to have been deliberately punched into the picture rather that a mark made by pushing a pin through.

I have seen this sort of thing done on record sleeves to stop them being sold as 'mint'. But why would someone punch a hole in a picture? I don't think it relates to putting the picture into a frame as it is right in the middle of the picture and not at the edge.

Puzzling but I won't lose any sleep over it!

Kind regards

Stephen
Title: Re: Photo queries - pinhole in picture
Post by: Falkyrn on Friday 01 July 16 15:09 BST (UK)
Thanks Falkyrn

The pinhole is the dot to the left of the ladies face in the photo. It seems to have been deliberately punched into the picture rather that a mark made by pushing a pin through.

I have seen this sort of thing done on record sleeves to stop them being sold as 'mint'. But why would someone punch a hole in a picture? I don't think it relates to putting the picture into a frame as it is right in the middle of the picture and not at the edge.

Puzzling but I won't lose any sleep over it!

Kind regards

Stephen

Another possible scenario is that it may have been a "proof" copy i.e a pre sales image and was marked by the photographer (nowadays we would put a copyright mark)