History in Colors

When we think about the past, we imagine it as dusty or blurred, like far away memories that are out of our reach. We usually don’t give much thought to black and white photos since they are from a distant time and place. When the reality is captured in black and white, it seems like the essence is faded too. The reality, however, has always colors.

While researching the photos of 1917 Russia, we have come across with an interesting article. The article introduces the photographer Anton Orlov, who unearthed hundreds of glass plates with negative images of Russian Revolution and WWI. Some of the photos were hand colored and converted into “Magic Lantern” slides. These slides originally belong to Pastor John Wells Rahill, who photographed Europe, China and Japan during his trip in 1917. All of Rahill’s slides were put in a storage, to be discovered many years later by Rahill’s grand daughter.

Rahill and three Russian boys (image is from http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-21025445)

Rahill and three Russian boys (image is from http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-21025445)

Anton Orlov is the owner of these slides now, and his aim is to visit Russia in 2017 and re-photograph the places one hundred years after Rahill.

If you want to read the article: http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-21025445

Another source for the photos: http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/rare-color-photos-of-world-war-i/

Love,

Ovgu & Oyku

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