Weston engages Christian Cartwright, a prominent photographer, to take portraits of the Paradise staff after snapping a family group. Inspired by this Denise suggests that Christian photograph customers and sell them the pictures as postcards, thereby giving the store further publicity. Christian himself is smitten by camera-shy Clara and persuades her to pose for him before sharing a kiss. Weston tells Moray he will not sell the store, hoping one day to put Denise over him as manager but Moray, at Dudley's suggestion, works with his lover to turn the Paradise into a haunted house, tying in with a popular serialized ghost story. It is a huge success but Weston, aware of his wife's feelings for Moray, bans her from attending.
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Did You Know?
In the opening scene, Weston admires Cartwright's camera calling it the "collodion apparatus". In reality, collodion was a photographic process that produced a negative, whereas the older daguerreotype produced just a single print. See more
This collodion apparatus, is it an improvement on the daguerreotype?
Mr. Weston, your knowledge of my business shames me.
I've always felt a kinship with photography, despite being a mere on-looker. The power to hold a mirror to a subject. To glimpse into uncompromising truths, illusions. It is extraordinary.