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 🙂 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 🙂
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 🙂
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. He sometimes used a normal camera, sometimes with 3 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: Prokudin-Gorskij.
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 the lottery yesterday but only $8 US and that’s not enough to stop working I’m afraid 🙂
Have a great day!