This is one of the more unusual Laraway portraits, with a donkey and a child holding an unlabeled bottle of liquid refreshment. I believe this is from Glenwood, Iowa circa 1900 because it matches two other photos which include the Glenwood town square.
this photo almost looks 3-d
Arlen Sheldrake on 6th January 2023 @ 8:52pm
I was looking for a wire to trip the camera.
L.E. on 7th January 2023 @ 9:50am
Is that a wire in the extreeeme lower left, or an artifact?
nels on 7th January 2023 @ 12:05pm
This is a perfectly executed portrait, with everything from the donkey's nose to the three humans in sharp focus, but the background nicely blurred. That's what creates the "3-D" sensation.
I don't see any trip wire. Mechanical timers were definitely available in this era, or Laraway might have had an assistant to release the shutter. The line at the bottom left it just a scratch.
ArthurB on 7th January 2023 @ 12:31pm