Typically, when I see a particularly bland or boring photo from the mid 1800s, I chalk it all up to the fact that photographic equipment back in the day was in its infancy. While that is true, it can also be said that our modern photographers are just waaaay more talented.
Take Giles Clement, for instance. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Clement uses tintype and ambrotype photography from the mid 1800s to photograph his models, then uses a modern camera to photograph his models with their old-timey photographs. The result of mixing these two technologies that are 160 years apart? Hauntingly beautiful.
Take a look at some of his works below!