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Summer Days Post, W.B.  (American, 1857-1925)

P.H. Emerson’s Gathering Water Lilies became a talisman for American naturalist photographers, and replicating it became something of a rite of passage for them. Post’s image, Summer Days, pictured a woman alone, in a sun-drenched and tranquil scene that, like Emerson’s, was shot from an elevated vantage point. Post incorporated a subtle sense of depth, by softly rendering the foreground and background, purposely invoking Emerson’s concept of differential focusing. (Peterson, p.51)


Christian Peterson, The Quiet Landscapes of William B. Post, Minneapolis Institute of Arts,Minneapolis, MN, 2005, pl 1