North Street, Fishergate, women and children baiting the lines, salt paper print from calotype negative, captioned on verso in pencil [Stevenson, St. Andrews 35], 145 x 190 mm., [c.1845]
FINE RICHLY TONED PRINT. One of the most extraordinary of Hill and Adamson's St. Andrews photographs. Ostensibly capturing a split-second in time - with the central figure striding into the image - the photograph must in fact have been carefully contrived as it would have required an exposure of well over a minute. Adamson had photographed North Street in 1842/43, with rather more blurred figures (Smith, Disciples of Light, fig. 22). The high viewpoint he and Hill used in this later view, achieved from stairs opposite the women and children, adds to the cinematic quality of the image.