philley

A pretty young woman poses for her portrait at the Philley photographic studio in Wayland, Michigan. She is wearing a frilly dress and a dark choker. She is posed to look away from the photographer and has a somewhat aloof expression. The photographer, Silas Philley (1845- 1926) is listed in "The Directory of Early Michigan Photographers" (2014). He operated in Wayland between 1888 and 1894. Philley was raised in Steuben County, New York. His early jobs included working as a laborer and shoemaker. He began his photography career in Wayland but also worked as a photographer in Kalamazoo  and Bloomingdale, Michigan. For part of his later photography career he worked in a partnership  (Evans & Philley). Philley was married twice. He outlived both of his wives, Thirza (11 years his junior), and Lizzie. In 1920 he was working again with shoes; this time as a shoe repairer. Philley did an excellent job creating this image. The subject is well posed and the close-up perspective enhances the portrait.