'View on the Llugwy, North Wales', 1857
© Royal Photographic Society/National Media Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph by Roger Fenton (1819-1869) of dramatic North Wales landscape, with the River Llugwy in a rocky gorge, hemmed in by misty, tree-covered hills. The glassy appearance of the water is due to the long exposure time required, although Fenton would have used this for deliberate artistic effect. Landscapes such as this appealed to the Victorian popular Romantic tastes for sublime and awe-inspiring landscapes or ruins. Following the growth of the railways in Britain in the mid-nineteenth century, travel became much easier and more affordable. Fenton photographed many popular tourist attractions and beauty spots. He was a founding member of the Royal Photographic Society and one of the most influential photographers of the 1850s.