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The Napoleon Pine

Posted by
daniela scharnowski (Berlin, Germany) on 4 March 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

near *Prussian Eylau* / Preussisch Eylau, East Prussia where my grandfather grew up- today it´s called Bagrationovsk,
This tree was planted as a nature monument in remembrance to the Battle of Eylau, maybe at the 100th anniversary in 1907?
From the size of the pine I ´d guess it to be at least 30 y. The photography is a paper print - I don´t really know when this was common... so I think it´s taken around 1930 - again pure speculation. I don´t even have an idea who of my family captured this.

Size is 11,30x8,55cm and the photo is really that rough. I just cleaned up the worst scratch in the sky and most of the specs. Then I chose the antique plate settings from nik silver effex and that´s it. I decided to leave quite a big amount of blotches on the framing, I didn´t want this document to loose its character completely.

Before and after can be seen here.

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