Turkmenistan Trove

RFERL has a collection of sixteen color photos taken in Turkmenistan by a Russian photographer named Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky between 1906 and 1911. Above is a screen shot of one of them.

New Stock Photos

I did a little stock photography while on a trip to New York and Washington this week. Self explanatory, I think.

Next week I’ll post my latest column, then we’re off for five weeks at our tiny little mökki in Finland, after missing our usual summer visit in 2020 because of the pandemic. Travel prospects from outside Schengen are still a little tender, but we feel good about it.

Here, some of this week’s photos.

Sunrises, Sunsets

The usual scheme at safari camps is, you go on game drives at sunup and sundown, when the animals are active. Last time in Kenya we got into a bit of a competition to see who could frame wildlife in a rising or setting sun. Click ’em to make them bigger.

100+ Year Old Color Photos from Georgia

Here is a link to a collection of color photos from (I believe) 1912, taken in the Republic of Georgia. It seems that a photographer named Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky “perfected a complex early method of color photography that required three separate images of each scene to be shot, with color filters placed over the lens. When the three black-and-white photos were sandwiched together and had red, green, and blue light shone through them, a color image could be projected.”

They’re from an article at the RFERL.org website. Here’s one of the photos:

See also a few more up-to-date photos in the Georgia Gallery at EarthPhotos.com, taken on my visit in 2006.

Ethiopia Photos

I’ve been reading about the two year old Chinese-built Addis-Djibouti train line lately. It’s a train journey we’d hoped to make this past spring before the virus intervened, and I’m hopeful we can come back and fill in that trip later. 

Although northern Ethiopia is going through a terrible period just now, it’s such a photogenic country, I really recommend it to anyone with a camera and a sense of adventure. Warm people, good food, exotic everywhere you look, what’s not to like?

Here’s Addis Ababa a few years ago. More Addis photos in the Ethiopia Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.

Street Photography in Soviet Kyiv

Here is a nice photo essay from the late Ukrainian photographer Oleksandr Ranchukov. This photo is a screen grab from the essay.

Slow Trains in China

There’s a nice photo feature today about local train travel by photographer Qian Haifeng, in the South China Morning Post’s magazine. This photo is from the article.

Faroe Islands Photo Essay

Spend five minutes – or an hour – with this fabulous photo essay about one of my favorite places, the Faroe Islands. Really nicely done.

Drones Show Empty Europe

Soviet Photoshopping

A fun article about Soviet Photoshopping in the days before Photoshop, from RFERL.