Friday, November 20, 2009

Georgia On My Mind



Two more of Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii's 100 year old color pictures of Russians. The top one is a Georgian woman, posed in the shade of a tree, wearing her holiday best.

Below, two Armenian women pose in their everyday native dress. The notes in the margin make note that they are Catholics.

7 comments:

steven said...

hi golden west - it's their faces and then the detail in their clothing that draws me in. then i look at the background and then i wonder - what were their lives like? what did they think of this photographer? what happened after he left? steven

High Desert Diva said...

The first lady looks sad, the last two, pious.

Tracy said...

What wonderful costumes they are wearing. But what dismal expressions...makes me sad. Wonder what their lives were like?? Too many questions in these photos! You always find the most intersesting things to share, Golden West! Happy weekend, my friend :O9 ((HUGS))

Barry said...

The need to "hold a pose" created legions of stern looking ancestors for all of us.

Now being told to smile for family pictures makes us all look frivolous.

Perhaps with digital photography's greater ease and the ability to captures us in our everyday activities our ancestors may have a better appreciation of our personality.

Rachel Fenton said...

I really like "posed" photographs. Their costumes are beautiful.

Rachel Fenton said...

And, I meant to say, they look like Victorian water colour paintings, all rustic and beautifully lit with wild flowers and creases in their skirts...

JamaGenie said...

I love the composition, posed on a slight slope so that one woman is slightly "above" the other. And what serious expressions!