The Tsar’s photographer.


I’ve been longing for a sunny and chilly morning for over a week now and when it suddenly comes I almost miss it ๐Ÿ™‚ I did stay up much longer last night but that usually doesn’t make me sleep any longer in the morning like it did today. So I wasn’t really awake when we hurried out to take our walk before the flies were warm enough to start flying around and annoy me ๐Ÿ™‚






A thunderstorm passed by yesterday. At first it didn’t look as if it would come here at all, it sort of hovered above the same area to the west of us for quite some time. I could hear and see it but at the same time have some sun shining over the village. When it finally decided to come here too it was rather weak but the raining was quite heavy instead.





The weather didn’t allow much else to do than to stay indoors yesterday and to be honest I really didn’t want to go outside to meet those flies. So instead I checked the web site for the company that developes my rolls of film. It turns out that they don’t start developing any film again until week 33. Most people take their vacation around this time of year since long. This period is actually called the industrial vacation time because back in the days all factories closed at the same time here so everyone working in any kind of factory had vacation at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚






Anyhow, it turns out that they have an exhibition with photos taken by the Russian Tsar’s photographer, Prokudin-Gorskij. He took color photographs long before they really could make good color photographs. He took three photos of the same object with black and white film but with three different colored filters on the lens, a technique developed by a photographer called James Clark Maxwell.ย ย He sometimes usedย a normal camera, sometimes with 3ย cameras photographing the same object at the exact same time. I really like these sometimes over 100 years old photos so here’s a link to the exhibition:ย Prokudin-Gorskij.ย 





Traditionally Swedish cow pastures have lots of trees in them, they can almost be forest like in many places. This is something the EU doesn’t like so if the farmer wants the EU grant they need to cut down lots of trees and therefore kill plants that only live in pastures like ours. Thank You EU for killing our rare nature.

I was planning on walking through the cow pasture because I heard the cows rather far away. Guess if I was lucky to see these cows before we went in there :-)

I was planning on walking through the cow pasture because I heard the cows rather far away. Guess if I was lucky to see these cows before we went in there ๐Ÿ™‚

The web site should open up in a separate window. When it does You’ll see a photo showing a book that has been made and to the right of that photo You can see a headline saying “Bilderna” which means the photographs. I think You can figure out what each and every gallery shows, like Arkitektur means architecture and so on. Take a look at these galleries they are well worth it, I think the colors in these photos are better than what most films manages to show now days.





It is time to make some breakfast and I’ll have tea with that I think. Only two days left and then it’s back to work. I did win theย lottery yesterday but only $8 US and that’s not enough to stop working I’m afraid ๐Ÿ™‚







Have a great day!ย 


4 responses

  1. Caryn

    Hi Christer,
    That was an interesting gallery. The colors were very bright. Some of the photos looked like drawings. I wonder how accurately the filters represented the actual colors. The reds and blues were especially saturated. I’ll have to find an English language site for him and read further. Google Translate for an entire article is just too much work. :/
    Rainbow chimney smoke is a cool idea, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

    What objection would the EU have to cows being pastured in wooded areas? Unless there is something growing in wooded areas that effects the meat or milk? You wouldn’t want to pasture animals in a black walnut grove, for example. The tree produces juglone which is toxic if animals browse on the wilted leaves. If the wood shavings are used as bedding, they can cause skin and hoof problems.
    Or is it just one of those random EU decisions based on no information except that countries without wooded pastures think their cows are disadvantaged so nobody can have wooded pasture? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Today is sunny, slightly cooler and much drier. I slept without the AC last night and only have the fans running at the moment. I’ll probably have to shut up the house later in the day and turn the AC on. The high 80’s F are hanging in there.

    Congrats on your big win. Have some ice cream to celebrate and enjoy the rest of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    • Hi Caryn!

      It is and I think they have edited the colors slightly to be honest. Still a remarkable result for black and white photos with just three different filters. I thin they were blue, red and green. Rainbow chimney smoke would be rather cool ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      It is one of those trandom EU decisions. They don’t have trees in pastures down in Europe so therefore we can’t have it here, at least not if they want those grants. The EU is in amny ways a perfect example how not to make an union. They just run over small countries like Greece but allows but if France has the same problems they say nothing. If they don’t have trees in cow pastures in southern Europe no one should no matter what reasons are behind the different ways of having pastures. We pay an awful lot to be a member in this union but get very little back. I wonder how far they will go to keep the EU alive? I wouldn’t be surprised if they would walk over dead bodies to do so (a Swedish expression).

      Really nice weather here today, sunny with a nice weak wind. High humidity though. I’ll probably turn of the radiator later today because tomnorrow will be nice too they say.

      Have a great day!

      August 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      • Caryn

        I was curious so I googled. Trees are mostly harmless so why a rule? No reason whatsoever. Oh, okay. ๐Ÿ™‚

        They might want to revisit that decision in light of climate change. Studies about whether cattle need shade or just choose it are inconclusive but it appears they put on more weight in hot, humid summer conditions, if shade is available. This is especially true of northern breeds. Since those conditions are likely to be more common and widespread in future, EU should do some study and review.

        The problem with EU is that it is not really a U. It’s a sort of business confederation of sovereign states that stand upon their nationalist traditions. How many people in it think of themselves as European first? Hardly anyone, I would guess. The EU seems only to care that the money has no borders. Every other local custom is suspect. ๐Ÿ™‚

        It was an interesting little side trip about cattle and shade though.

        August 1, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      • You are absolutely right, there really is no U in EU ๐Ÿ™‚ Most rules are adapted for the poorer regions in southern Europe and damned are those trying to make those rules more fair to all of the different regions in it. Besides we up in the north aren’t that popular down south since we have contrioll of our budgets and they must loan money from us and we actually want them to pay it back to us and that it isn’t a gift ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

        We up in Scandinavia has never seen ourselves as europeans, we always travbel to europe even if we actually belongs to that continent, the Brits are even worse that way ๐Ÿ™‚

        They will most likely never see it our way when it comes to pastures and trees, why care about a few countries up north with only a few million people? The odd thing is that at the same time they say we have too many trees ihn our pastures there’s still a rule that says there must be shade and protection for the cattle??!! By thet they mean there must be buildings where the cattle can walk in if they so wish, so why not allow lots of trees??

        I do wonder how long this experiment will last and how hard the politicians and military will fight to keep it all together.

        August 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

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