Thinking about historical context of Nadar’s Self-Portrait with Wife Ernestine in a Balloon Gondola creation, it is necessary to mention that Nadar (who is also generally known as Gaspard-Félix Tournachon) was a French photographer, who found himself not only in true love to photographic art, but also in a fantastic talent to reflect not only people’s outer image, but to show some hidden places of their souls. Discussing Nadar’s way to the fame we should mention that exactly a gallery of portraits of great people has brought glory to Nadar. Moreover, the gallery of famous people portraits concedes its place only to the variety of characters presented in Honoré de Balzac’s La Comédie humaine (The Human Comedy) by the number of types represented in it. So, it will be strange not to found author’s self-portrait in a big variety of images.
Describing Nadar’s Self-Portrait with Wife Ernestine in a Balloon Gondola we should mention that its real size is rather little, and if to be exact in numbers, it is 8.6 x 7.7 cm (3 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.). On the photo, both Nadar and his wife look like two people who are deeply involved in their own thoughts and exactly this aspect reflects moods of those times, when people have many problems and should solve them in their own way. The self-portrait shows us Nadar’s dreams about air journeys and it is possible to say that the photo of our analysis is not only a brilliant historical shot, but it also gives its viewers an opportunity to understand Nadar’s big aspiration