Yesterday I discovered WWIColorPhotos; my son and I were enthralled. I took every moment I could snatch to look at the batches of photos. On a host of levels, I find this fascinating.
Produced on glass plates, these autochrome pictures taken by the Lumière brothers are, according to today’s standards, primitive photos. But, oh do they vivify my study of history!
The light, the composition, the focus, little details – and ultimately, the subjects of this nascent art form mesmerize me. I don’t mean to obsess about WWI, but I am learning so much about this period. While the subject is atrocious, the sense of understanding and the ability to make connections backward and forward is fulfilling.
About the pictures: they are part of the public domain. I took them from the site, but they came originally from a French link called Gallica. Pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy. Passing your mouse over the picture will show you the title.
incensed the entire world. This is not Reims, but the cathedral at Soissons.
Is it not painful to see the rubble?