I have always loved these sepia photographs by Victorian Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (b. 1853 – 1941). I have several framed prints. Although posed, there is a certain lack of self consciousness in a lot of these photographs. It did help that Sutcliffe actually knew these villagers. The fisher people are my favorite portraits. The character of these people shine through their faces. Theirs wasn’t an easy life, battling against the elements in order to live. They were hardy people though with loads of grit, as evidenced in their portraits.