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What makes you feel for a certain picture? Now when I’m participating in the choice of photos from the collection of Carl Curman for Flickr Commons on the Internet, I evidently find my own favorites.

The photos we choose to show should be charged with something special, both in appearance and in contents – directed to the international multi-million public that upload their own photos and/or visit Flickr to view, comment on or download other’s. A stream of photos is shown continuously and we want to present pictures that capture the eye. The photos should also be representative to the motifs of Carl Curman.

Ladies taking a stroll in Fiskebäckskil, Swedish west coast in 1862. Photographer: Carl Curman

This photo in all its modesty is one of my favorites. It’s taken in 1862, in Fiskebäckskil on the Swedish west coast. A viewer on Flickr has made a commentary that the image reminds of a movie scene. Myself, I associate more to a painting, or maybe to a dream. I think it has a touch of surrealism, with the crinolines in the austere coastal landscape. A hazy veil on the photo gives an extra feeling of magic.

>> Anna Boman is a member of the Flickr Commons team at The Swedish National Heritage Board