I just tripped across this gem on the internet thanks to Prof. Wm. P. Hightrousers, PhD, MBE. It appears that the Retronaut at Mashable discovered this thanks to the Drawn By Light exhibition at the Media Museum, in Bradford, UK, featuring a Christina Gorman Autochrome, which had ran from March to June 2015.
The surreal photographs are hard to place in time except for the few artifacts that can be found in them. Their surreal tones remind me of the photographs in my family album to which time and acid have rendered them a hazy orange…not quite focused, seventies fashions and the like. In a way, the images make you feel that not much has changed since 1913 to 2015.
It is an absolute delight and treasure to have such things preserved, even if we cannot enjoy them in person, but, thanks to the internet, we can review digital copies. The Writing Historical Fiction Starts with Research series should definitely include a mention about primary documents, photographs. Look for that in September 2015.
In the meantime, enjoy these historical artifacts and then follow the link to the show to see more and a video.
Early Autochrome portraits portray a young woman in a surreal dreamland, cloaked in a striking red cape.