The University of Aberdeen’s Special Collections holds around 38 000 glass plate negatives taken by George Washington Wilson and his photographic firm from 1850 until 1908. The photographic collection comprises portraits, landscape and cityscape images taken across the world, including the UK, Australia, South Africa, and the Mediterranean. Wilson first entered photography as a portrait artist and eventually came to be renowned for his cityscapes and landscape work. This paper considers the symbolic role of flowers using his portrait photographs as a case study; with special reference to The Language of Flowers or Floral Emblems of Thoughts, Feelings and Sentiments by Robert Tyas published in 1869. Tyas’ book has been chosen for this paper as it was relevant for the flowers depicted in Wilson’s photographs.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the Metamorphosis|
|Subtitle of host publication||Transformations across Time, Culture & Identity Conference|
|Editors||Ross Cameron, Wu Yunong, Azalea Kushairi, Liudmila Tomanek|
|Place of Publication||Glasgow|
|Publisher||University of Glasgow College of Arts|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2022|