A woman is seated in a calm spot on the Sim River, part of the Volga watershed in 1910.
These color photos from Russia were taken 100 years ago by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. With funding from Tsar Nicholas II, he captured the images by taking multiple black & white photos with different color filters. A century later, we the combined images let us see the past in awe-inspiring-ly vivid colors. Coming across these this morning was one of the most breathtaking experiences in my recent life.
In the past few years I’ve developed this strange love for Russia and the greater near-east, or at least what little I know about it. I admire the use of bright saturated colors and patterning found in their clothing and architecture. I admire the region’s role as the crossroads of the world; where East meets West. I admire that historically, the people here have never led comfortable lives.