Eric Eunson wrote
"I have been a collector of Leven images
for over thirty years. I have about 20 Adam Diston cartes de visite
portraits and ten cabinets, including one of Talbot Cottage.
However, I knew nothing of the composite pictures.
The pair in the Australian gallery are
exquisite, and I'm certain certain these are also taken in Leven.
The fishwife is certainly typical of the area.
The compositions remind me of Dutch
masters' peasant interiors. This and the expensive framing
suggest they are a photographic attempt to emulate classical art as
Illustrations of morality tales tended to
be cheap and cheerful productions by contrast. Obviously, Adam Diston
is also developing the skill of photographing interiors, outside the
Although they are posed some degree, they
are marvellous social history documents, and study of directories and
census might suggest the identity of the cobbler."
Eric Eunson, Leven, Fife, Scotland: September 11,