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How Far We’ve Come

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These are some, if not the earliest known colored photos created by one of the greatest British engineers, Mervyn Gorman.  While he was was the head of the Royal Aircraft Establishment during WW1, he was also extremely interested in art and became an early front runner in the technology behind color photography.  Using a single plate process called Autochrome (which was also the first practical plate color process available to the public), he was able to take these dream like photos of his daughter and his family.

With that in mind, it’s incredible to look at these photos and think just how far camera technology, and in art in general, have come.  It’s to the point where it’s almost thought to be obsolete, for lack of a better term, to learn dark room techniques because so much can be done with DSLR cameras and after market processing.  That isn’t to say there aren’t still the purists, and a resurgence in the interest of “vintage” style photos.  Even with in the past few years old products, like the Polaroid camera, have seen a resurgence in popularity.  Seeing the trends in photography, and in art, is really interesting because no matter how much we advance, there is always a place for the classic styles.