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John Muir Wood 
A game of bowls 
1845 (ca) 
  
Salt print, toned, from a calotype negative 
8.5 x 12.9 cm 
  
National Galleries of Scotland 
Acc. No. PGP W 89 
  
 
LL/56740 
  
(Curatorial caption, accessed 23 November 2014)
Nineteenth-century photographs, be they portraits or scenic views, were generally constructed around a single focus of interest. In 'A game of bowls', Wood, not for the first time, was creating a decentralised composition where the eye of the viewer is allowed to wander from light to dark areas and back again. Whether this was an accident or a deliberate device, it makes the group of people appear much more natural than was usual for the time. 
 

 
  
 
  
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