To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring . . .
~ William Burroughs
This past week, a Facebook friend of mine posted a link to color images taken in the Russian Empire between 1909 and 1912, by Prodkudin-Gorskii. Considering there was no such thing as color film at that time, I was startled, enamored, and taken aback when I saw the images.
We are all familiar with b & w images from the past-- they tend to remove the viewer from the time. These images took me right to that time frame– living and breathing– I swear.
Cornflowers and daisies in a Russian field reminded me of a picture I took in a field in Eastern Oregon, about five years ago (top image). Nature knows nothing of fashion . . .
yet to see the colors of velvet, lace, gold embroidery on a woman in a dreamy green forest a hundred years ago, transports me to thinking there is no such thing as time and space-- there is only the present moment-- the now.
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