Behind the Scenes - Time Exposure
Antietam, Sharpsburg, Maryland
I became interested in Civil War photography when I was a museum director in San Diego. We had a visiting speaker from the National American Museum of History, Smithsonian Institution, who presented an illustrated talk of Civil War images. I was hooked. I couldn’t believe the photos taken in the mid-nineteenth century could be so clear and sharp. One of the greatest photographers of the time was Alexander Gardner and I used him to befriend and mentor my fictitious photographer, Joseph Thornhill. Together they had many adventures on the battlefield.
When I visited Antietam, I tried to envision what the now pristine green fields would’ve looked like then. Amidst the chaos and bodies strewn everywhere, I could see in my mind an odd sight – a civilian steps out of the mist to greet Joseph. The mystery begins.