Man with intense eyes in Santa Clara, California

By: usermattw

Apr 07 2019

Tags: , ,

Category: Men

2 Comments

Click here to view it larger.

What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.

 

What I know about it:

Photographer is H. Schoene of Santa Clara, California.  Otherwise no information.

 

Comments:

The longer I look at this face, the more I detect a kindness in it.  But first I have to get past the initial impression that he’s putting a curse on me, or getting ready to eat me alive.  I didn’t find any information on this photographer, but I found one or two other examples of his work, going back to the 1870s.  I’m not sure what the date for this one would be.  I’m guessing the 1880s, though I could be way off base.  If it helps to date it, here is the photographer’s logo on the back.

2 comments on “Man with intense eyes in Santa Clara, California”

  1. I love that it’s so local. It also reminds me of a story I just read about Boris Karloff’s “Frankenstein” makeup–his eyes looked too intense and alive, so they added the half-closed eyelid pieces. (You can sort of see what they mean here: https://i.etsystatic.com/11296903/r/il/1ec02e/1610195929/il_570xN.1610195929_bg93.jpg)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: