Hidden Mothers: 12 Bizarrely Fascinating 19th Century Baby PortraitsMeredith Carroll
Do you struggle to get the perfect shot of your baby? Unless you’re Anne Geddes or can afford a professional photographer, then you already know it’s not easy to get a little baby to pose perfectly or cleverly for a photo.
Way before PhotoShopping and sticking babies in baskets of cabbage were en vogue, moms used to use themselves as props—literally—to get portrait shots of their babies. It was a 19th century practice known as “hidden mothers,” in which moms covered themselves up and then held their babies on their laps. The photos were then cropped or matted, but the uncropped versions have, uh, cropped up in recent times and they’re f-a-s-c-i-n-a-t-i-n-g.
Take a look at the kind of creepy yet seriously cool photos (courtesy of Retronaut.co) and see how baby photography has come a long way, baby:
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