I recently visited the ‘Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia’ exhibition at the Photographers Gallery. It is incredibly hard to share the photos with you; these are my edited versions of digital photographs of the original prints on display (which were mostly displayed on light boxes anyway) but they were so beautiful I’ve tried to share a few, and I recommend visiting the website so you can see some superior digitizations of the stunning photos.
The exhibition looked at the development of colour photography via different methods – shading, silvering, coloured filters, cross filtering, painting directly onto the film. I’ve spoken before about my fascination with different technologies that create the same product, and it was nice to think those same thoughts again in relation to different stimulus. A new variation on the theme perhaps; different artwork that creates the same thought patterns.
I’ve got a special love for Russia, whilst it’s not a country I have any direct blood relation to (very rare for me!) a lot of the most formative people in my life have been Russian; mostly music teachers who have had a huge influence on me as a person. I feel these great men and women have in some small way brought their distinctly Russian personalities and sensibilities into my life, and left me far more enriched as a result.