July 9, 2020

I love the soft, dreamy feel of John Cimon Warburg‘s autochrome photos. Autochromes originated in the early 1900s and used potato starch dyed various colours. Longer exposure times created pointillist specks of colour and a nostalgic, blurry ambience. It was this cow, shot on Saltburn Sands in 1915, that stopped me in my tracks. There was something comforting and familiar in the image. I read that asthma made it hard for Warburg –– born into a wealthy family –– to hold down a full time job, and so he dedicated his days to photography. It’s a beautiful body of work; if you have the time, have a look.


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