Gentlemen’s Outing

R2014.2.151
Ida Crie Collection
Courtesy of Alice Knight

Then as today, wherever people gathered, photographs were taken. We know nothing specific of this scene of men gathered at a rustic cottage, probably on a lake within a carriage ride from Rockland. This could easily have been a municipal bicycle club; such clubs were ubiquitous in the US during this time, the Golden Age of Bicycles. The presence of so many wheels gave the photographer a strong visual element of repetition to draw upon; furthermore, someone with a practiced eye wouldn’t have missed how the sweep of the crossed fishing poles echoes the curvature of the hammocks. Ida clearly knew how to compose, even when the elements in a scene were people.