Eadweard Muybridge – Gridded on my mind
I wrote those words “gridded on my mind” years ago in a short story, the protagonist describing herself as the antagonist’s Eadweard Muybridge, preserving him in her memory, serving as his stop-gap photographer.
Eadweard Muybridge. Funny name. The sequences of images a precursor to video.
Muybridge came to prominence when he captured the motion of a horse in 1872, proving that all four feet of the horse leave the ground mid-gallop, when the feet are tucked under the horse. I’ve always loved Muybridge photos. I adore seeing the dress of that era come alive again. The motion captured seems like it should have sound, the thwacking of a tennis ball, the tapping feet of a walking man, galloping hooves. Imagine walking into his studio, looking at the grid in front of which you would soon pose.
“LAWN TENNIS” ANIMAL LOCOMOTION PLATE 298, 1887 COLLOTYPE, Smithsonian Institution