Sunday, November 06, 2005

A brief Cul-De-Sac.

If heaven doesnt look like this, im not going. when this photo was taken... recently? 10 maybe 20 years ago?














I usually try to stay on the music thing here, but sometimes my mind is on other things, like early russian color photography. Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii was a master of this, and the results of his work are astounding, like the image you can clearly see above- photographed around 1910.

1910!!! oh the insanity! is that not incredible? it just blows my mind to see these gorgeous, full color, life-like photos of a russia 100 years ago. Prokudin-Gorskii used a very interesting technique to do this, in which monocolor prints were laid on top of eachother- thus resulting in color. This man set out to document the entire russian empire (with help from the Czar himself) in those fateful years before WWI.

Here is one page with his amazing photographs, and another. I guess whats so shocking to me, is that its so real- Im used to seeing these black and white photos, which always give me a sense of artistic un-reality, but to see such vivid images of a truely lost world.... holy shit.

I suppose my russo-philia, my love of history and architecture are at work here. This may not be so amazing to others... i dont know.

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iamthor said...
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iamthor said...

I really don't know what to say. No literature, no description can make a different era as real as these pics. Maddening.