March 16, 2010
Beautiful and Dreamy Autochromes
I recently discovered the blog "How to be a Retronaut" and I simply love it. It's become one of my favorite blogs as I love history and this blog has a way of serving you history in a very visual way that adds to the stories and really makes history come to life. The blog also features a lot of geeky and designy stuff such as commercials and behind the scenes Star Wars pictures and I love that. It's a great mix that makes this site one to watch. One of my favorite posts though was about Janet and Iris Laing, two girls who were photographed by their mother using an autochrome camera. I didn't know what autochromes were before reading this post, but after a visit to Wikipedia I now know that it was a method of taking pictures using potato starch grains. It's actually a very interesting read and I found myself wanting to try the method as it produces beautiful and delicate pictures. Here are some of the autochromes that I so fell in love with on How to be a Retronaut, and you can read the story behind them there as well.