Colorado Mining History in Images
Peering back through the dark mist of time from our high vantage point towards the glittering early history of mining in Colorado. We are aided by technology in many forms in clearly uncovering information that is slowing dissolving into obscurity. This page will focus on methods of analyzing the content of old photographs.
Looking through the lupe an 8x powered magnifying glass used by photographers we can analyze and interpret the content and information easily missed by the unaided eye. We can see details of everyday life in the past and infer what life in early Colorado was like. Through a series of photographs as a group we can interpret context and meaning to the each individual image.
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, Below is a rare Alexander Martin image composite with J.M. Bagley's painting of a picnic on the loop. This is a very early attempt at merging photography with fine art, other than a painted studio backdrop for portraits. What makes this photograph even more fascinating is that it was created to be viewed as a three dimensional stereograph. Correct three dimensional perspective needed to be adjusted throughout the planes of space in each image. Considering the time and place of the creation of the image makes it even more remarkable.
One half of the stereo pair of images.
Alexander Martin Special effects photography composite of 3 images.
left image pack mule on trial, right image Bagley painting titled "Picnic on the Loop"
The bottom 5th of the image is from another image.
The two separate images in the composite image
Interesting details seen in the left composite image. The blue arrow points to some sort of animal. The red arrow points to a pistol strapped to the side of a box. The green arrow shows the composite seam between the photograph on the right.
Detail from Bagley's painting showing the picnic above the loop. Appears as a women with to kids and an artist painting at on easel.
The stereo Pair
The small mining and lumber camp of Chambers. Chambers lake is in the background.
Detail of settlers at Chamber's Elk antlers mounted above the door of the log cabin.
W.G. Chamberlain mining scene on Hoosier Pass. Has an elevation of 11,200 feet. The ascent from the town of Montgomery, at the foot of Mount Lincoln. The distance across to Breckenridge on the western slope is twelve miles.
Detail showing miner with a gold pan and sluice boxes and a little giant water nozzle washing ore out of the bank.
J. Collier's camp near Boulder Falls. No. 53
Detail of J. Colliers camp near Boulder Falls.
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