"I longed to arrest all beauty that came before me, and at length the longing has been satisfied. Its difficulty enhanced the value of the pursuit. I began with no knowledge of the art. I did not know where to place my dark box, how to focus my sitter, and my first picture I effaced to my consternation by rubbing my hand over the filmy side of the glass..."
Julia Margaret Cameron from her book, Annals of my Glass House
"Annals of my glass house, an unfinished autobiography written in 1874, is a record of Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's first ten years of work. It was first published posthumously by her youngest son, Henry Herschel Hay Cameron, in a catalogue to the exhibition "Mrs. Cameron's Photographs" at the Camera Gallery, London, in 1889."
"This version was researched, compiled and annotated by Violet Hamilton in 1996, for publication in a catalogue of the same name."